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    Cheap San Francisco Eats - Part Six

    by 100ACRE Written Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorites: spicy green papaya salad, noodle dishes and prawns stir-fried with garlic and pepper, sticky rice.
    Cuisine: Thai
    At: 1243 Ninth Ave. (near Lincoln)
    At: 2225 Irving St.

    Favorites: Tandoor lamb chops, naan, mango lassi, don't miss the curries!, vegetarian dishes.
    Cuisine: Indian
    At: 642 Irving St. (near 8th Avenue)
    At: 478 O'Farrell St.
    At: 533 Jackson St.

    Favorites: noodle with spicy meat sauce, braised lamb in clay pot.
    Cuisine: Chinese
    At: 667-669 Commercial St. (at Kearny)
    * Financial District and Chinatown

    Favorites: tacos! made with fish, carnitas, carne asada, or chicken.
    Cuisine: Mexican (club by night, taqueria by day)
    At: 1500 Broadway (at Polk)

    Favorites: "chip shop"
    Note: also available at Edinburgh Castle pub around the corner on Geary, where you can down a pint of beer.
    Cuisine: British
    At: 932 Larkin St. (near Geary)

    Favorites: spicy pan-fried noodles, huge bowls of soup, spicy string beans with pork.
    Cuisine: Thai
    At: 819 Valencia St. (near 20th Street)
    At: 696 Geary St.

    Favorites: fish and shrimp tacos, salmon salads, hot fish sandwiches, wasabi bowl with sushi rice, grilled ahi or salmon.
    Cuisine: Seafood
    At: 2027 Chestnut St. (near Fillmore)

    Favorites: eggplant bengan bharta Pakwan style, the chicken makhani, lamb achar gosht, yogurt raita.
    Cuisine: Pakistani
    At: 3182 16th St. (near Guerrero)
    At: 501 O'Farrell St.
    At: 653 Clay St.

    Favorites: noodle soup, beef and seafood combinations - big enough to share, pearl tapioca shakes.
    Cuisine: Vietnamese
    At: 1833 Irving St. (at 19th Avenue)

    Favorites: best bay view for your buck, burgers, clam chowder.
    Cuisine: American
    At: Pier 30 (at Bryant)

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    Cheap San Francisco Eats - Part Five

    by 100ACRE Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorites: Hunan and Mandarin dishes, mango prawns, General Tso's chicken, vegetarian dishes.
    Cuisine: Chinese
    At: 1500 Church St. (at 27th Street)

    Favorites: thinly sliced pizza with sourdough crusts.
    Cuisine: Pizza
    At: 300 Connecticut St. (at 18th Street)

    Favorites: dim sum, shrimp dumplings, fried taro with pork, or chive dumplings.
    Cuisine: Chinese
    At: 736 Clement St. (near 8th Ave)

    Favorites: Middle Eastern grilled and rotisserie chicken, chicken shwarma wraps.
    Cuisine: Middle Eastern
    At: 10 29th St. (at Mission)

    Favorites: smoked ham with green beans, country-style vegetables, spicy dishes
    Cuisine: Chinese
    At: 110 Natoma St. (at Second Street)
    At: 674 Sacramento St.
    At: 924 Sansome St.
    At: 1016 Bryant St.

    Favorites: spiced garlic prawns and orange beef.
    Cuisine: Chinese
    At: 622 Jackson St. (at Kearny)

    Favorites: half or whole chicken, house-made sausage, burgers.
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 555 Columbus Ave. (between Union & Green St.)

    Favorites: burgers, root-beer freeze
    Cuisine: American
    At: 4320 Mission St. (at Silver)

    Favorites: rice noodle soups, duck fried rice, chicken and pork served with wide noodles
    Cuisine: Thai
    At: 184 O'Farrell St. (at Powell)
    At: 346 Clement St.
    At: 639 Clement St.
    At: 3199 Clement St.
    At; 1507 Sloat Blvd.
    At: 1541 Taraval
    At: 420 Geary Blvd.

    Favorites: pupusas, beef soup ("sopa de res"), plantains, horchata (a cool rice drink)
    Cuisine: Salvadoran
    At: 2815 Mission St. (at 24th Street)

    Favorites: burritos, carnitas, fruit drinks
    Cuisine: Mexican
    At: 2889 Mission St. (at 25th St.)

    Favorites: tea leaf or green papaya salads.
    Cuisine: Burmese
    At: 4348 California St. (at Sixth Avenue)

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    Cheap San Francisco Eats - Part Four

    by 100ACRE Written Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorites: vegetarian combo for two, spicy meat dishes
    Cuisine: African
    At: 698 Haight St. (at Pierce)
    At: 1233 Polk St.

    Favorites: comfort classics, meatloaf, pork chops, fried chicken, weekend brunch.
    Cuisine: Soul food
    At: 919 Divisadero St. (between Golden Gate & McAllister)

    Favorites: Green papaya salad, pork lettuce wraps, rice noodle soup.
    Cuisine: Vietnamese
    At: 607 Larkin St. (at Eddy)

    Favorites: burgers, fries, shakes, root beer float.
    Cuisine: American
    At: 807 Valencia St. (at 19th Street)
    At: 700 Haight St.
    At: SF Airport International Terminal.

    Favorites: chicken and lamb sandwiches; pakoras: cheese, chicken or catfish.
    Cuisine: Indian
    At: 320 Third St. (at Folsom)

    Favorites: Take a seat at one of the six tables for the duck!
    Cuisine: Chinese
    At: 2339 Noriega St. (at 30th Avenue)

    Favorites: grilled chicken, pizza, spaghetti and meat balls, and Asian noodles. Also gingerbread cake and pies, especially

    Cuisine: American
    At: 215 Church (at Market)
    At: 1240 Ninth Ave.

    Favorites: pastrami sandwiches, matzo balls, bagels with lox platter, potato knishes, black-and-white cookie, breakfast.
    Cuisine: New York-style deli
    At: 1725 Polk St. (near Clay)

    Favorites: quesadilla with chicken, pork tacos in chile verde sauce.
    Cuisine: Mexican taqueria
    At: 2406 Bryant St. (near 22nd Street)

    Favorites: tacos with irresistible meats, like carnitas and al pastor (marinated pork)
    Cuisine: Mexican
    At: Trucks are parked at the corners of Harrison and 19th streets
    At: Harrison and 22nd streets
    At: Shotwell and 16th streets

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    Cheap San Francisco Eats - Part Three

    by 100ACRE Written Oct 17, 2004

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    Pacific Heights & Japantown
    Bryan's Quality Meats
    Favorites: sandwiches
    Cuisine: Deli
    At: 3473 California St (Spruce St)

    Maruya Sushi
    Favorites: sushi
    Cuisine: Japanese
    At: 1904 Fillmore Street (Bush St)

    Vivande Porta Via
    Favorites: pastas, roasted chicken
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 2125 Fillmore St

    Polk Street, Nob Hill, Russian HIll & Van Ness Avenue
    East Coast West Delicatessen
    Favorites: everything
    Cuisine: Jewish Deli
    At: 1725 Polk Street (Washington St)

    Piccadilly Fish and Chips
    Favorites: cod fillets from Ireland
    Cuisine: British
    At: 1348 Polk Street (Pine St.)

    The Richmond
    European Food
    Favorites: hot dog, sausages, cheese blintzes, pork loin sandwiches
    Cuisine: Jewish Deli
    At: 3038 Clement (31st AveNue)

    Favorites: piroshki, try the "Zakuski" buffet of salads
    Cuisine: Russian
    At: 5801 Geary Blvd (22nd Avenue)

    Haig's Delicatessen
    Favorites: everything
    Cuisine: Middle Eastern
    At: 642 Clement St (7th & 8th Avenue)

    New World Foods
    Favorites: hot "plov" (beef with fluffy yellow rice)
    Cuisine: Russian Deli
    At: 5641 Geary Blvd (21st Avenue)

    Seakor Polish Delicatessen
    Favorites: sasusages
    Cuisine: Polish
    At: 5957 Geary Blvd (23rd Avenue)

    South of Market, Third Street & Portrero Hill
    Brain Wash Cafe
    Favorites: Chinese chicken salad, pizza
    Cuisine: Cafe
    At: 1122 Folsom St (7th and 8th St.)

    The Sunset
    Palio Paninoteca
    Favorites: premade half or whole sandwiches (have it grilled)
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 500 Parnasus Avenue UCSF Milberry Union)

    Sunrise Deli & Cafe
    Favorites: pita sandwiches
    Cuisine: Middle Eastern Deli
    At: 2115 Irving St (22nd Avenue)

    Favorites: beef or lamb "wraps" (Arabic sandwiches)
    Cuisine: Middle Eastern
    At: 721 Irving (8th & 9th Avenue)

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    Cheap San Francisco Eats - Part Two

    by 100ACRE Written Oct 17, 2004

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    Marina & Cow Hollow
    Cafe Merenda
    Favorites: handmade ravioli, sandwiches
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 2760 Octavia Street (Union St.)

    Favorites: sandwiches
    Cuisine: Deli
    At: 39 Mesa, Suite 108, Building 39, in the Presidio

    Green's to Go
    Favorites: chili, sandwiches
    Cuisine: Vegetarian
    At: Fort Mason, Building A (Buchanan St.)

    Favorites: sandwiches, ravioli, everything!
    Cuisine: Italian Deli
    At: 2120 Chestnut (Steiner St.)

    Mission District, Bernal Heights & the Excelsior
    Dona Tere's Cart
    Favorites: corn on a stick, tamales, fruit
    Cuisine: Mexican
    At: Corner of 21st and Alabama

    El Tonayense Taco Trucks
    Favorites: tacos
    Cuisine: Mexican
    At: Harrison and 19th
    At: Harrison and 22nd

    La Palma Mexicatessen
    Favorites: homemade tortillas, carnitas
    Cuisine: Mexican
    At: 2884 24th Street (Florida St)

    Lucca Ravioli Company
    Favorites: ravioli, tortellini, pizza
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 1100 Valencia (22nd St.)

    Tortas Los Picudos
    Favorites: tortas (huge sandwiches), "Vampira" (fresh vegetable juice)
    Cuisine: Mexican
    At: 2969 24th St (Alabama St)

    Valencia Whole Food Market
    Favorites: salads
    Cuisine: Middle Eastern Deli
    At: 999 Valencia

    Noe Valley, Castro, Diamond Heights & Upper Market
    Cafe Flore
    Favorites: sandwiches
    Cuisine: French
    At: 2298 Marekt St (Noe St.)

    North Beach
    Favorites: sub sandwiches
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 300 Francisco St (Stockton St)

    Golden Boy
    Favorites: pizza
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 542 Green St (Columbus St.)

    Juicey Lucy's Organic Juice and Food Bar
    Favorites: juice, salads
    Cuisine: Juice Bar
    At: 703 Columbus (Greenwich St.)

    Molinari Delicatessen
    Favorites: sandwiches
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 373 Columbus (Vallejo St)

    North Beach Pizza
    Favorites: pizza
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 1499 Green (Union St)
    At: 1310 Grant Ave (Vallejo St)

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    Cheap San Francisco Eats - Part One

    by 100ACRE Written Oct 17, 2004

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    Gourmet Delight
    Favorites: nade-to-order wok dishes
    Cuisine: Chinese
    At: 1045 Stockton (at Washington St.)

    Yee's Restaurant
    Gourmet Delight
    Favorites: BBQ & roasted pig, duck, chicken
    Cuisine: Chinese
    At: 1131 Grant Avenue (at Broadway)

    Civic Center & Hayes Valley
    Favorites: sanwiches
    Cuisine: Deli
    At: 1695 Market St (at Valencia)

    Saigon Sandwich Cafe
    Favorites: sandwiches with dipping sauce
    Cuisine: Vietnamese
    At: 560 Larkin (at Eddy)

    Embarcadero Fisherman's Wharf
    Favorites: pita sandwiches, chicken kabob
    Cuisine: Palestinian
    At: 101 Spear St (at Mission)

    In-N-Out Burger
    Favorites: "double-double" burger, friesm shakes
    Cuisine: American
    At: 333 Jefferson (at Jones St.)

    Boudin Sourdough
    Favorites: sandwiches on sourdough
    Cuisine: American
    At: 156 Jefferson

    Financial District & Union Square
    Blondie's Pizza
    Favorites: pizza by-the-slice
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 63 Powell

    Lee's Sandwiches
    Favorites: sandwiches
    Cuisine: Deli
    At: 322 Kearney (at Pine)

    Palio Paninoteca
    Favorites: tuna sandwich, espresso
    Cuisine: Italian
    At: 505 MOntgomery (at Sacramento)

    Specialty's Cafe and Bakery
    Favorites: sandwiches
    Cuisine: American
    At: 22 Battery (at Bush)
    At: 150 Spear Street (Mission St.)
    At: 101 New Montgomery (Mission St.)
    At: 369 Pine (Montgomery St.)
    At: 505 Sansome (Clay St.)
    At: 1 Post Street (Montgomery St.)

    Haight & Coe Valley
    Brother-in-Law's Bar-be-que
    Favorites: ribs
    Cuisine: American
    At: 705 Divisadero (Grove St.)

    Estella's Fresh Sandwiches
    Favorites: sandwiches
    Cuisine: Deli
    At: 250 Fillmore (Haight St.)

    Rosamunde Sausage Grill
    Favorites: sausage with grilled onions
    Cuisine: Deli
    At: 545 Hiaght St. (Fillmore St)

    Twilight Cafe and Deli
    Favorites: pita sandwiches, stuffed grape leaves, "Twilight Special"
    Cuisine: Middle Eastern Deli
    At: 2600 McAllister (Stanyan St)

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    Street Vendors at Fisherman's Warf: Eat the Bowl and All

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 6, 2004

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    Be sure to try the seafood chowder served in a bowl made from fresh baked sourdough bread, from one of the many vendors who line the street at the main entrance to Fisherman's Warf. It's a great choice for a quick, inexpensive lunch.

    There will be a counter with a stool where you can eat right there on the sidewalk. With the sights, sounds, and smells of the warf, coupled with the yummy chowder and bread, it is a unique sensory delight.

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    Java House Coffee Shop

    by 100ACRE Written Jan 29, 2004

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    Had a bad day but find yourself in-between paychecks? Find out when and where to get more bang for your buck. Happy Hour indeed!

    • The 500 Club - The Mission
    A dive with ample drink specials.

    • Jack's Elixer - Inner Mission
    Small crowds, lots of beer.

    • Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House - North Beach - Indian food and $2 Guinness.

    • Marlena's - Hayes Valley
    Upscale 'hood, down-home drinks.

    • Tommy's Joynt - Van Ness Corridor
    Fill a pitcher on the cheap.

    • The Front Room - Nob Hill
    Pizza and pitchers for pennies.

    • Jade - Hayes Valley
    Try a Jade Cocktail for cheap.

    • Mad Dog in the Fog - Lower Haight
    Cheap stout, football on the telly.

    • Red's Java House - The Embarcadero
    Box wine and a view.

    • Zeitgeist - The Mission
    Doubles come in pint glasses.

    Favorite Dish: Java House Coffee Shop
    40 Pier
    San Francisco, CA 94107

    $5.25 for chessburger on sourdough, fries and a beer!!

    A throwback to a time when only dockworkers lunched along the Embarcadero. This shack is under the Bay Bridge (since 1956). Very fair for the portions.

    Burgers on French rolls smeared with mayo and mustard; only comes well-done, but they're hearty and savory.

    On sunny days, take your lunch outside and sit amid the dockworkers.

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    No more white tablecloths: Best Holes in the Wall in San Francisco

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jan 22, 2004

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    I'm not going to give you tips about nice SF restaurants with white tablecloths, candles and all. You can read any guidebook on San Francisco and get the names those restaurants, if that is what you are looking for.

    Expensive doesn't always mean best, and especially not when it comes to SF restaurants. I'm going to show you the BEST restaurants in town - this is where SF working crowd and locals go for great food.

    The uninformed visitor will pass by these restaurants because from the outside they look too greasy spoon, too let go, too scary even, whatever. But after you read my tips, you'll know better.

    No more white tablecloth restaurants
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    by 100ACRE Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    Sam Lok serves traditional Szechuan with all of its peppers and spices. It's located on Jackson Street between Grant and Kearny. For more information, call (415) 981-8988.

    Yank Sing serves delicious dim sum in a comfortable parlor atmosphere. It's located on Battery Street between Clay and Washington. For more information, call (415) 781-1111.

    Also worth mentioning:
    Yuet Lee
    Brandy Ho's Hunan Food
    Hunan Home's Restaurant
    Great Eastern


    Sam Wo's ! Eat the "House Chow Mein", beef, pork, chicken, and shrimps.

    Favorite Dish: - walking tours in Chinatown (free) every day led by volunteer guides, covers everything from the mansions of Pacific Heights to the murals of the Mission. I counted 51 different walking tours in their schedule. Every day there are at least three or four, and sometimes as many as a dozen to choose from. They're all free. You'll learn, for example, that there are two Chinatowns (41 back alleys): (1) the tourist Chinatown, marked by upturned red rooflines and dragon lampposts, and (2) the residents' Chinatown, along Stockton Street and those back alleys. In those alleys you'll hear the clacking of mah-jongg tiles, see bok choy being dried on balconies and encounter bins of geoducks and durians outside the markets - For a current schedule of free walking tours led by City Guides, visit or call (415) 557-4266.

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    Over the Water

    by pmarshuk Written Feb 20, 2003

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    For a great sunday brunch combined with a sightseeing trip take the ferry from across to Sausalito and have a brunch in a restuarant built up over the water with fantastic views across the bay to San Francisco, not to mention having a satisfying meal while doing it.

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    by 100ACRE Updated Dec 22, 2002

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    Best Sushi/Japanese
    Kiss (1700 Laguna 415-474-2866

    Maki (1825 Post 415-921-5215)

    Ebisu (1283 9th Ave. 415-566-1770

    Best Chinese
    Eliza’s 2877 California 415-621-4819;
    1457 18th St. 415-648-9999

    Koi Palace 365 Gellert
    Serramonte Plaza 650-992-9000

    Best Italian
    Vino e Cucina 489 3rd St. 415-543-6962

    Sociale 3665 Sacramento 415-921-3200

    Best Mexican/Taqueria
    Taqueria Can-Cun
    1003 Market 415-864-6773;
    2288 Mission 415-252-9560;
    3211 Mission 415-550-1414

    Pancho Villa 3071 16th St. 415-864-8840

    Best Thai
    Thep Phanom 900 Waller St. 415-431-2526

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    by 100ACRE Updated Dec 22, 2002

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    Best Breakfast/Brunch
    Ella’s 500 Presidio 415-441-5669

    The Lark Creek Inn
    234 Magnolia Ave.
    Larkspur 415-924-7766

    525 Laguna St. 415-252-9289

    Herb’s Fine Foods 3991 24th St. 415-826-8937

    Marina Sports Bar and Grill
    2400 Lombard 415-318-8730
    (Bloody Marys and popcorn!)

    Best Vegetarian
    Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Marina at Laguna

    Golden Era
    572 O’Farrell 415-673-3136

    Best Indian
    Indian Oven 233 Fillmore 415-626-1628

    Best Bakery

    West Portal Bakery 170 W Portal 415-681-0972

    Arizmendi 1331 9th Ave. 415-566-3117

    Stella 446 Columbus Ave. 415-986-2914

    Eastern 720 Grant St. 415-392-4497

    La Boulange de Polk 2310 Polk St. 415-345-1107

    Luques Restaurant & Bar
    433 Powell St. on Union Square

    (For $200 you can stay in the Chancellor Hotel
    for a night – champagne and truffles included
    – and have dinner for two at Luques. They serve
    bread that comes from a bakery.)

    Best Middle Eastern
    La Mediterranee
    2210 Fillmore 415-921-2956
    288 Noe 415-431-7210

    Best Pizza

    Pizzetta 211 23rd Ave. 415-379-9880

    Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
    5801 College Ave. 510-655-6385

    Best Barbeque
    Brother-in-Laws Barbeque
    705 Divisadero 415-931-7427

    Zeitgeist 199 Valencia 415-255-7505

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    i only went to 2 restaurants...

    by melancholia Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    i only went to 2 restaurants while in san francisco, actually went to both of them twice. california pizza kitchen, which you will find on geary st, between taylor and mason i believe. and the other was lori's diner located on powell, about a block from the cable cars and muni station.

    Favorite Dish: california pizza kitchen. i got the tostada. it is pizza crust with black beans, cheese and lettuce, tomatoe's and ranch dressing. i had it w/out the dressing though. very good. cost is around $9.00 for about a 10 or 12 inch pizza. i also heard someone mention that the tiramisu was wonderful, although i did not try that myself.
    lori's diner- i had grilled cheese and french fries. cost is around $6.00. this diner has a nice 50's atmosphere with neon lights, old signs, and old fashioned waiter/waitress outfits. has a nice kitschy feel.
    if you're tight on money when visiting san francisco, go to a nearby walgreen's or other marketplace to pick up your food. san francisco is well known for it's fine and varied dining, but not known for being inexpensive.

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  • Go to Nob Hill for Best...

    by purvee Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Go to Nob Hill for Best Italian restaurants, Mission District for Best Mexican Food, Go to this place called Naan and Curry off of Jones and O'ferrell, it's a whole in the wall Indian Joint, but it's cheap and best Indian food you'll ever have and it's cleaner then other wholes in the walls:) Go to Warf for Sea Food stuff, and of course your downtown.. They used to have a great Pizza place called Blondy's right at the Powell Street Cable car turn around but it just recently closed:( but they have one in Berkeley still if you get a chance to go.. Awesome pizza for cheap...
    Everything about SF is unique:)

    Favorite Dish: Naan and Chana at Naan and Curry.. An italitan place place called Louisa's off of Union Street has the best house wine and Gnochhi outside of Italy, Steps of Roma for great waiters and coffee and Italian sandwiches, Tiolini's off of Columbus for great italian desert, and more..... Explore the City for great foods.. Go to China town for authentic Chinese chows:) Enjoy...

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