Just seconding the many positive comments about Helmand's lunch buffet. It is not in my neighborhood so I haven't been able to try it until an unusual "Friday off" today. Most of the usual Helmand Afghani delights are present as has been well documented on previous postings, and the price[$9.95] is an exceptional value given the quality and variety....Now if they'd only offer it on weekends so all of us who have real jobs [inflexible,time limited, lunch hours], but don't work close by could enjoy it more frequently. Perhaps most amazingly we lucked into a parking place in front of the restaurant with time on the meter. A visit to XOX and the Thiebald Gallery completed a great day-off North Beach mini-adventure.