When you hear the words San Francisco and cheap food in the same sentence you… well… you know what, I don’t hear those words too often. So, I’m not too sure how one would react. Surprised, and curious I guess. As The City gets more and more expensive, cheap eats can seem few and far between. But if you look hard enough, there are some gems out there, where you can get some great eats without burning a gaping hole in the pocket of your ripped jeans. Here’s a quick guide to get you started on you journey to find some cheap, yet delicious, food in The City By The Bay.
Almost every Chinese spot on Clement Street in the Inner Richmond District is a great place to start your budget-eats tour of San Francisco. Bao buns and sesame balls are a-plenty on every single block of Clement. While there are loads of stores to choose from, there are a few that stand out from the crowd. In my experience, you can’t go wrong with: Wing Lee Bakery, Good Luck Dim Sum, and Clement BBQ.
Hot Sauce and Panko
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When I’m short on cash -but still looking to get a good feed on- one of my go to spots in The City is Hot Sauce and Panko. If you have a craving for wings that you are looking to satisfy, Hot Sauce and Panko is the way to go. Whether your favorite flavor to savor is Korean BBQ, Buffalo, or the classic Original – HSP can satisfy your needs. With prices for 6 massive wings starting at $6.89 you cant go wrong. If you really want to indulge - get the wing and waffle combo for a non-abrasive price of $10.99.
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Founded in the late 1940’s, Tommy's Joynt is a staple in the San Francisco food scene. With prices ranging from $8.00 for a massively meaty sandwich to $12.00 for a fine filet of Salmon – you cant go wrong. This Hofbrau style eatery has been a go to spot for tourists and locals alike, the perfect no fuss, no frills experience. If you are looking for a change of pace from the $12.00 avocado toast at the local Hipster pop-up coffee shop look no further. At Tommy’s Joynt they get down to the basics – and the basics are amazing!
Café Bunn Mi
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Café Bunn Mi, in my humble opinion, is one of the tastiest banh mi spots in San Francisco. There are a lot of people that would argue against this claim, but for me Café Bunn Mi is tried and true. With the freshest of ingredients, friendly staff, and an unbeatable price I won’t be swayed from my decision. Be prepared to wait – there’s usually a line out the door!
Golden Boy Pizza
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Whether you’re pre-gaming, or wrapping up a big night out in the North Beach neighborhood - Golden Boy Pizza is the way to go. You may run into a bit of a line on a weekend. But trust me, tipsy you will savor Golden Boy’s delicious square slices of pie. Sober you in the morning will appreciate that you have a few dollars left over for some pancakes and bottomless mimosas.
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