If you don’t have a San Francisco income, you can lose your shirt there faster than you would in Vegas. Do not fear because you are about to get the scoop on three cheap restaurants in San Francisco. To be honest, there are probably more then 3 restaurants that fit your low budget even if they’re hard to find. The restaurants below just happen to boast a frugal reputation among cheapskates. With the money you’ll save at these restaurants, you just may have enough left over to replace the shirt you lost and maybe score a jar of peanut butter for the road.
Saigon Sandwich Shop
In the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center, there is a shop that has lines out the door during typical lunch hours. This is because you can get great tasty sandwiches like steamed and roast pork, pate, roast chicken and meatball pork for less than $4. Vegetarians will be happy to note that they also offer a spiced tofu sandwich for a similar price. Happy customers love that the sandwiches are substantial in size for a normal person’s lunch. There is a catch other than the wait, and that’s the restaurant’s cash only policy. Check your pockets first before you make it to the front of the line and realize you’re screwed. Find Saigon Sandwich Shop in the Civic Center at 560 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102.
Rosamunde Sausage Grill
Visitors to the Haight Ashbury and Mission districts are lucky to have two cheap restaurants offering sandwiches filled with grilled sausage, cherry smoked chicken, tequila and habanero smoked chicken, spicy pork, duck, lamb and a variety of vegan delights. It is not hard to stuff your face for $6.00 or less here, which is a pretty good deal for San Francisco. There is also a weekend brunch menu until 3pm that features sausage and cheese sandwiches, veggie scrambles and more. Rosamunde has an extensive selection of microbrews, although the pint prices are usually more expensive than any entree you can get there. The Haight Ashbury location is at 545 Haight Street and Mission’s is at 2832 Mission Street near the 24th Street BART station. Both locations are open pretty late into the night except on weekends when the Mission branch closes at 3pm.
It looks like the Mission district takes the cake when it comes to cheap restaurants. La Taqueria is known for its humongous old school burritos that take you back to the good ol‘ days when doggie bags were cool. On the same block as Rosamunde, you get mouth watering overstuffed and oversized tacos, fat burritos and even veggie options such as a $3.50 veggie burrito. Among their online reviews are many declarations of “the best tacos in the world.” There are only two catches here. First is that you need to pay extra for for the extras such as sour cream, guacamole and double meat. The other catch is that La Taqueria is cash only. That seems to be what you get when you attempt to find bargains in one of the most expensive cities in the USA. You can find this cheap San Francisco restaurant at 2889 Mission Street.