Didn't really have time to eat last night as there was barely an intermission between The Raven 1935 and The Raven 1963 (in which Peter Lorre is reduced by magic into a pool of berry jam).
I decided to try a slice at Victoria's New York Pizzeria. I don't like to dwell on the negative, but if I had to choose between the plain bun that housed my Balboa Theater Hebrew National jumbo dog and that cheese slice, the bun wins hands down. The guy at the theater said to think of the pizza as cheesy bread, but even that would be a stretch. The bottom of the crust of the reheated slice was pleasantly crisp for the first few bites, but that hunk of dough had only a passing acquaintance with either sauce or cheese. I am now ceremonially tossing the menu into the recycle bin.
If I had it to do over, I would probably get a sausage or meatball sandwich at Little Henry's, $5.95 with fries. I peeked in and it appeared kind of charming in a homey kind of way. Their take on Asian/Italian seemed to be a little more ambitious than Americana Grill. LH also does cheesesteaks.
AG had some interesting chalk board specials: spaghetti plates with chicken fried steak, roasted quail/squab?, ham hocks and limas or, in common with LH, ox-tail stew, which is a staple of Cantonese cooking. This from memory as they had no takeout menu. I would probably pick AG over LH as the American specials sounded worth trying.
Kim Son didn't have banh mi and the new Hawaiian BBQ didn't seem to have sandwiches, although I was reading the menu in the dark. When I left the Balboa, the theater workers were enjoying takeout sushi from Balboa Teriyaki. I should mention that all the places mentioned herein are within three blocks of each other between 34th and 37th.
Balboa Pick List:
1. Shanghai Dumpling King - unanimous (well, only me as my movie buddies all bailed on me).
2. Balboa Theater snack bar - real butter, real popcorn, Aidell's mango chicken sausages, Hebrew Nat dogs, chai.
3. Americana Grill - even though I never went there, I am now salivating over the specials.