We’ve already shared our go-to restaurants in San Francisco, for those times when you’re willing to splurge a little. So here is the list of our favorite bargain gems. One thing SF is known for is its variety of amazing food at any price-point. These places drive that point home.
Yamo: The epitome of a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. They practically cook on top of you, but this only adds to the experience and the food is amazing!
Sushi Time: We can’t decide what we love more… the ambiance, the price or the food. This underground spot is an all around pleaser. Sushi is never a cheap outing but this place is extremely reasonable, especially for the Bay Area.
El Metate: A little bit off the beaten path, in the Mission district, but hands-down worth the trip. Great ambiance, prices and food. This is definitely a step-up from your standard taqueria.
The Codmother Fish and Chips: Fisherman’s Wharf is a beautiful spot, especially to take visitors, but it can be hard to not get caught in the tourist traps down there. This little spot breaks the mold; for inexpensive, delicious food, go here!
Lucca Delicatessen: While we’re already on the subject… another gem down by the water is this great spot. They won’t break the bank and run a legitimate Italian sandwich shop. Perfect picnic food for those on the go, as well.
Golden Boy Pizza: Located in North Beach, otherwise known as little Italy, is this famous pizza shop. Incredible selection and mouth-watering to boot.
Mission Chinese: It may not look like much from the outside but the chef, Danny Bowien, certainly knows what he’s doing. Their “Americanized Oriental food” is an experience all it’s own.
Taqueria Cancun: Although everyone raves about its rival, El Farolito, this place wins hands-down, every time. They have the best vegetarian burrito in the Mission and they succeed in all other departments, as well.
Ike’s Place: One of the most solid sandwich shops you’ll ever experience. Whether you have food allergies, are vegan, or a meat eater, this is the place to go. Not to mention, it is just a short distance from Dolores Park… might as well have a picnic!
Rosamunde Sausage Grill: They have options for carnivores and herbivores alike and it’s all to die for. The only thing that might make this restaurant better is a giant selection of craft beers. Oh wait… they have those next door, at Toronado Pub, AND you can take the food there!
Philz Coffee: Okay, okay… so it’s not exactly about the food on this one, but the coffee is so good it just had to be added! A one-of-a-kind experience for any coffee lover. It may just rival any cup of joe you’ve had yet.