Budget Eats in San Francisco

With the abundance of restaurants in San Francisco, it can be difficult to narrow down your options – especially if you’re unfamiliar with town. Some of the city’s prominent neighborhoods include the Mission District, Chinatown, ┬áSoMa, The Castro, The Haight and of course, Fisherman’s Wharf. All of these areas have their fair share of quality eateries, and as you might expect, many of them are a bit pricey. However, there are a few hidden gems around town. That’s right; you don’t have to break the bank for a quality meal in San Francisco. Here are our affordable picks.

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Chinatown: House of Nanking

We’ve raved about House of Nanking before. Their quick service and quality dishes won our hearts, but their menu prices also deserve praise. For $20, you can get a drink (non-alcoholic), a large bowl of soup, an entree and a glass of their hot blossoming tea to wash it all down. Oh, and the entree? It’ll feed two people, easily. They’ve got a nice variety, a simple set-up, and a speedy turnaround. What more could you ask for? If you’re hankering for soul-satisfying chinese food, hop on over and jump in line – the queue usually extends out the door and up the street.

Fisherman’s Wharf: Boudin at the Wharf

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Boudin Bakery strategically lures unsuspecting pedestrians into their quarters with the aroma of warm, sweet, freshly-baked bread. Just walking by the front door will have you craving a cinnamon roll, and if you walk by enough times, you’re bound to take a step inside. Don’t hesitate! Instead, head on upstairs to the cafe, check out some amazing views of the bay, walk through the museum, and sit down for lunch.This place is famous for their sourdough bread bowls, so definitely try one. The original and petite versions are both fiendishly satisfying, and if you opt for the latter, you’ll only pay $8.50. Even at $13.95, the original bowl is still a great value. Read our full review here.

The Financial District: Oz Lounge

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Appropriately named, Oz Lounge carries a relaxed and chill atmosphere, and you don’t even have to follow the Yellow Brick Road to get there. During happy hour, you can enjoy live music, tapas specials, and roughly 40 different varieties of beer. The small plates are affordable, tasty and fresh, made with locally grown ingredients. Not to mention, their burger selection will blow you away (sushi burger?!). So head over to the financial district and give them a try if you’re looking for good music, good food, and good prices – aren’t we all?

These aren’t the only inexpensive restaurants in the city, but they’re on the top of our list. If you have any other recommendations, feel free to share!

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