Whether you're exploring a new city, rediscovering your own, or serving guests in your home, good eats can get pricey. Peruse below for some tips and tricks to eat better for less.

These Cheap & Easy Meals Have 5 Ingredients or Fewer

The only thing we like more than delicious is effortless—and OK, affordable is a major bonus. These easy 5 ingredient recipe ideas prove you don't have to choose when it comes to cheap and easy dinner...

San Francisco Chinatown Eats directory

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Chinese restaurants have been hit particularly hard by Coronavirus fall out starting with the early reports of the disease in January and many closing down with March's shelter-in-place orders. Vol...

Seeking Good Nori Deals in Northern NJ

by scott123 11 months ago

My local Taiwanese grocer (Top Quality Market in Parsippany) usually has pretty good prices, but, the Nori sheets start at $45/lb and go up from there. I don't find myself in the Edgewater area muc...

Cha Siu @ Huong Lan #1, San Jose

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 13 years ago

Until recently, my experience with Huong Lan Sandwich has been limited to the Newark location from my days of working in Fremont. Now I've stopped at Huong Lan's original branch on Tully Road near...

Mussels at home: rediscovered...

by gutreactions 1 year ago

We like diving into a bowl of mussels from time to time at restaurants that do the proper job with them. During the Covid crisis we have rediscovered how easy, cost effective, and delish these moll...

La Garrafa Neveria in La Gloria Market | Oxnard

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

After a morning at the farmers market, afternoon at the beach, and three ice cream shops before this one, I had neither the energy nor will to wait in line to taste at La Garrafa Neveria in July 20...

Saigon Sandwich is open

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

The much beloved Saigon Sandwich, where many of us first tasted a banh mi, is open for business! Today's hours are until 4pm. Saigon Sandwich Shop 560 Larkin St San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) ...

Have We All Been Wrong About Distilled White Vinegar?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Scott Hocker advocates for distilled white vinegar: " . . . Distilled white vinegar has some thoughts on all this. Distilled white vinegar is clear, made from the fermentation of distilled alcoh...

Salsa's Restaurant | Cathedral City - Coachella Valley

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

While most of my recent Mexican meals seem to be Alta cocina, I still love the mom-and-pops, especially when they’re as good as Salsas in Cathedral City. Packed on Sunday night with a crowd outside...

Can anyone remember the name of this long closed Oakland classic family style restaurant

by fogcitynative 3 years ago

Anyone remember the name of the Old Oakland Family Style Restaurant in the triangular lot where Telegraph meets Shattuck? (see map) Cabbage Soup for the table, Salad Bowl for the table, a bit of...

Chopstix Vietnamese | Northridge - Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

With intentions of attempting an "all menudo, all the time" weekend, I headed to Northridge mall to the Hidalguense restaurant I'd been meaning to try. I discovered that the Mexican restaurant in t...

Jiangnan Cuisine | Outer Richmond - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Recently "Cynsa" and I met for lunch at the newly opened Jiangnan Cuisine. She had already been there before, and I hope she'll tell us about her first tastes there. In order of service, we tried:

Paris - good, inexpensive seafood restaurant

by edetoronto 10 years ago

I'm looking for a good seafood restaurant (or any restaurant with a decent amount of fish on the menu) with a budget of 40 euros per person (entree + plat). It's for a romantic dinner so ambiance ...

HELP! Fun & Funky spots for lunch??

by lobstagal 2 years ago

Looking for good Chowhound advice for a yummy and affordable place to meet my daughter for lunch in or around Manchester, NH . Many thanks!

San Antonio Restaurant Recommendations

by tomatoe 2 years ago

We are visiting from the east coast this week and would love restaurant recommendations. We will have a car so we are willing to travel for good food. Open to any type of cuisine. If it is inexpens...

Need cheap bulk meal ideas

by psytato 2 years ago

I’m a broke college graduate and I’m in the process of saving money to be able to move long distance so I can apply for jobs in my field. I’d like ideas on how to cheaply make large batches of food...

Donut Avenue in Calexico?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

After reading about the role this 24-hour doughnut shop plays as a safe hangout for workers in the community, I'm curious about the food. Besides doughnuts and coffee, apparently it also serves san...

San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Restaurants for 2019

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

The new list is out today and looks much different under the direction of new restaurant critic, Soleil Ho. I suggest reading the FAQ before diving into the list. Ho's answer for what she consi...

Lunch at Abalonetti (Monterey)

by curiousgeo 2 years ago

Based on a post by Melanie quite some time ago, my wife and I found ourselves near the tourist wharf around lunchtime. I remembered what she said about the locals menu there so we decided to give ...