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Inexpensive

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 Herbs and Vegetables Are 100 Percent Worth Growing Yourself

Interest in gardening has been sprouting up along with the rise in grocery store shortages and general concern related to the coronavirus pandemic, but there remains the question of what to grow in...
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San Francisco Chinatown Eats directory

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months 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...

Saigon Sandwich is open

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by Melanie Wong 2 months 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 3 months 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 5 months 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

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by fogcitynative 2 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

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by Melanie Wong 7 months 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

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by Melanie Wong 3 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

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by edetoronto 8 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??

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by lobstagal 11 months 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

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by tomatoe 11 months 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

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by psytato 12 months 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 12 months 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 1 year 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)

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by curiousgeo 1 year 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 ...

Bananas are getting cheaper

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by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . Price is such a powerful indicator because it’s all shoppers really see, beyond the color. Other critical factors in banana production—those that have to do with labor issues, worker compen...

Inexpensive Lunch East 60's

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by 2chesters 1 year ago

Hello all. Next Saturday, a friend and I will attend a 2:30 program on 65 St. (Park - Madison). Looking for a place for an inexpensive lunch nearby. All I know in the area is Burger Heaven at 62 ...

Inexpensive Dinner Sheridan Square

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by 2chesters 1 year ago

Saturday of next week, I will attend an 8PM performance at 81 Christopher St. near Sheridan Square. We will likely be a party of 4, maybe 6. Would appreciate ideas for an inexpensive or mode...

Village House | Outer Richmond - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

A few months ago I had a chance to drop in for a solo lunch at the successor to Jook Time. The small dining area had been refitted to accommodate a few more seats. The "beef tendon soup with ha...

Restaurant near Marylebone train station

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by rstuart 1 year ago

I will be in London in mid-March to see some friends. I am spending the day with one friend around the V and A, and we will then take the train back to Oxford where she lives via Marylebone station...

Melbourne ethnic?

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by vinouspleasure 1 year ago

we're heading back for the au open soon, would love suggestions for authentic, inexpensive ethnic cuisine and breweries. if melbourne is anything like nyc, the best ethnic food is located outside t...