My son and I are headed to SF this weekend (I'm giving two readings, at Omnivore Books and Book Passage at the Ferry Building; my book is the food memoir A Spoonful of Promises). We mean to do some serious hounding and could use your expertise, friends.
We're looking for the inexpensive ethnic eats you can't do without, the food trucks, the holes-in-walls, the portable snacks, the can't-miss bakeries. (Also helpful but optional would be an excellent-value sushi place.)
We will mostly be in the vicinity of the Embarcadero, 16th St Mission, and 24th St Mission BART stops. Hoping to spend an hour or two in Chinatown. Our aim is for them to have to roll us onto the plane heading back to western Massachusetts.
Many, many, many thanks.
T. Susan Chang (cookbook reviewer for NPR & the Boston Globe)