Points of Interest in San Francisco -- cafes, tourist spots, theaters, etc.


Below, a HIGHLY subjective list of good, cheap places to eat in San Francisco and nearby. This list is by no means complete. Just recommended. [Note: not all reviews by Larry-bob -- those that are indicated with LB]

All You Knead: 1466 Haight near Masonic. Mostly a breakfast place, and liable to be crowded on weekends, so show up early. They have a nice tofu scramble and tofu crepe. [LB]

Asqew: 1607 Haight St.: Grilled stuff squewered on a stick (thus the name), a little pricey but I like the mashed potatos. [LB] http://www.asqewgrill.com/

Bad Man Jose's: 18th St. @ Castro. Taqueria in the heart of the Castro. Cheap, healthy, nice people. See also Taqueria Zapata (18th/Collingwood), Rosie's Taqueria (18th/Sanchez)

Bagdad Cafe: 2295 Market @ 16th. 24 hour restaurant - good eats!

El Balazo: 1654 Haight near Clayton. Good burrito place in the Haight. Not the cheapest, but still reasonable. Try the Bob's Burrito (vegetarian), or if you're adventurous and want to eat some cactus, the Jerry's (yes, they're named after members of the Grateful Dead.) [LB]

Blondie's Pizza: Powell St. cable car turnaround @ Market. Huge slices for cheap. Delicious. Free slice on your b-day. Crowded but really worth it.

Bombay India: Market St. bet. 15th and 16th. Simply the best Indian food - medium priced ($8 per person) but worth it for a splurge.

Bongo Burger: 2505 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Good cheap falafel place.

Cafe Istanbul: Valencia @ 16th. Very good inexpensive Mediterranean food - go for the combo platter.

Cafe Rustica: 5422 College, Berkeley. Another pizza place that can do soy cheese. Not cheap, but the best fancy pizza you can have. Their Helenic pizza has plump, juicy olives, not like the rubber gaskets that pass for olives on most pizzas. [LB]

Chef Jia's: 925 Kearny at Columbus -- Next door to House of Nanking. Chef Jia's never has a line, unlike the other place, and the food is cheap, unique, and creative. Try the sweet potato with green beans and the vegetable dumplings. [LB]

El Farolito: 2777 Mission @ 24th St.

Firewood: Grilled Veggies and little pizzas. 4248 18th St, in the Castro, SF. They also have a location in the Metreon (good for before a movie). [LB] http://www.firewoodcafe.com/castro.html

Golden Era: Vegan Asian restaurant. Delicious food and nice atmosphere (though be careful in the neighborhood outside.) 572 O'Farrell Street between Jones and Leavenworth. [LB] http://www.goldeneravegetarian.com/

Herbivore: Vegan restaurant -- get your vegan shawirmas, grilled veggies, etc. here. Not too cheap [nor all that expensive], but very delicious. 983 Valencia Street at 21st St. and 531 Divisadero between Fell and Hayes. [LB]

Jim's Restaurant: 2420 Mission @ 20th

Jay's Cheesesteak: Has veggie seitan sandwiches available -- you can ask for bell peppers or other styles as well. Probably cooked on the same grill as the meat, but for some people vegetarianism isn't a religion. [LB] 3285 21st St near Valencia or Divisadero St. between Fell and Hayes, San Francisco.

Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint: 3583 16th at Market/Noe. Closed December 1999.

Kate's Kitchen: 471 Haight St. @ Fillmore

Le Soleil: Excellent Vietnamese restaurant. Try the vegetarian crepe (not really a crepe, but very delicious.) Go to this place rather than The Slanted Door, which is too popular. 133 Clement Street at 3rd Ave. [LB]

Maya Taqueria: 3198 16th St. @ Guerrero

Mifune: Japantown Ctr. next to Kabuki Theatre on Post/Geary Motherfuckin kick ass udon & other treats. Cheap.

Minako: My absolute favorite restaurant in SF. Organic Japanese food. Vegan options. Go early, not on a weekend, and be prepared for a wait. Not cheap, but really, really great food, atmosphere, and music. Open 5:30 pm-9:30 pm, closed Tuesdays (and maybe Mondays too). 2154 Mission St. [LB]

New Asia Dim Sum: Stockton & Pacific. The supreme lord of Dim Sum in Chinatown. Cheap.

Pancho Villa: 3071 16th @ Valencia.

Panhandle Pizza: 2077 Hayes 750-0400. Not too cheap, but they can make pizza with soy cheese on request, and their veggie pizza has some unusual stuff, like broccoli and corn. [LB]

Peasant Pies: Single-serving little pies that are delicious and a bargain. Some pies are vegan, with olive oil crusts. (There is butter in the dessert pie crusts.) You can find them in stores too, but getting a freshly-baked pie at the store is worth the trip! [LB]
Two locations:
1039 Irving Street, cross street: 12th Ave, and
4108 24th Street cross street: Castro.

Pizza Pop's: 3274 21st. @ Valencia.

Red Dora's Bearded Lady: 485 14th St. @ Guerrero. Dyke cafe heaven!!! A must. [Closed 2002]

Saturn Cafe: Opened Summer 2010. Berkley location of Santa Cruz favorite vegetarian restuarant. 2175 Alston Way, Berkeley. http://www.saturncafe.com/

Sparky's: 242 Church @ Market. 24 hour pizza and other stuff

Taqueria Cancun: 2288 Mission @ 19th.

Truly Meditterranean: 3109 16th at Valencia. The best and cheapest falafel sandwiches in San Francisco, with eggplant and other goodies. [LB]

Tulan: 6th & Market. Vietnamese. The Bomb. Cheap. Sketchy neighborhood. Try the non-deepfried spring rolls.

We Be Sushi: 1071 Valencia @ 22nd

Whiz Burgers: 700 S. Van Ness Ave. @ 18th

Yamo Thai: 18th & Mission. Now vegetarian only, and it's the freshest, best Thai food I've had in San Francisco. Plays cool jazz and other music. Tiny place where you sit at the counter. [Has changed owners since this writeup and may no longer be all-vegetarian.] [LB]

Zante's: Mission @ 30th: Great Indian/Italian restaurant, home of "Indian Pizza." The 30th & Mission location has makes the curry pizza better, for some reason. [note: other location closed.] On the 24 Bus line between Castro and Bernal Heights.

Zona Rosa: 2366 Telegraph, Berkeley. Pretty good burritos at a fairly reasonable price.

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