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24 Affordable Dining Options in San Francisco

Now, more than ever, local diners are hungry for a good deal

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As COVID-related restrictions have lifted throughout the region, indoor dining has come rushing back into play. That means the Michelin-starred restaurants and their tasting menus are an option once more. But there’s a hearty subset of restaurants in San Francisco that continue to offer some of the city’s best dining, whether it’s squeezed into a tiny outdoor table, or taken home to enjoy.

The 24 spots on this list are doing their part to feed the people, one inexpensive cheeseburger, taco, or bun rieu bowl at a time.

Note: Menu prices may fluctuate.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Golden Boy Pizza

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542 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 982-9738
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The doors are closed at this North Beach Sicilian-style pizza institution, but the restaurant is still serving pizza through its takeout window with reduced hours, from noon to 8 p.m. daily. They aren’t selling slices during the shelter in place, but you can buy a half sheet of pizza — the equivalent of about 8 of their square slices — for $22.50 (for plain cheese) to $26.50 (for the game-changing version topped with chopped clams and a ton of garlic). They’re baking the pizzas to order, so call in ahead of time or expect to wait 20 or 30 minutes.

2. Buster's Cheese Steak

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366 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 392-2800
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Perhaps the only spot in SF that really gets Philadelphia cheesesteak culture in all of its unfussy, best-after-midnight, unapologetically artery-clogging glory. The cooks here work magic with metal spatulas and a hot flat-top, and while they’ll serve you a slightly gussied up version if you request it, the basic Philly cheesesteak ($) has everything you need: the grilled onions, the heaping pile of meat, and your cheese of choice (Whiz is the only correct answer). Call in or order online.

3. Rooster & Rice

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2211 Filbert St
San Francisco, CA 94123

The menu here is short and sweet, the star attraction being the Thai poached chicken and rice dish known as khao mun gai. The original version comes with a generous portion of that chicken, chicken fat–infused rice, a side of broth, and a tangy-savory dipping sauce — all for $12.95. Other options, like a vegetarian version or one that features organic breast meat and brown rice, cater to the health conscious and those with dietary restrictions. It’s all extraordinarily takeout-friendly fare. There are four Rooster & Rice locations in the city; order online for pickup or delivery from the one closest to you.

Stefanie Tuder

4. Yo Yo's

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318 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 296-8273

This Japanese noodle and takeaway sushi shop is little more than a tiny kitchen a few steps away from the heart of the Financial District, but it’s attracted a faithful following for its delicious, bargain-priced udon and soba, in particular. On a hot day (or, really, any day) the best move is to order the cold soba with everything — just $8.25 for a full order, though the half-order size is just right for lighter appetites. “Everything” includes crispy puffed rice, seasoned bean curd, and a little dab of wasabi. The restaurant has reopened for takeout, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

5. New Woey Loy Goey Restaurant

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699 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 399-0733
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This Chinatown basement restaurant — whose history goes back some 90 years — serves some of the heartiest and most inexpensive Cantonese food in town. Customer favorites include old-school dishes like tomato-and-beef chow mein, salt-and-pepper fried pork chops, and steamed pork hash. The rice plates are an especially good deal, at just $7 or $8 a pop.

6. Hot Sauce and Panko

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1468 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 387-1908
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This popular Russian Hill wing-slinger is a takeout- and delivery-only model, with a retail shop selling hot sauce when you pick up your wings. These are some of the most succulent, flavorful wings in town, available in a whole range of internationally-inspired sweet, savory, or spicy varieties — most priced at $6.99 for an order of five. Order online for pickup or delivery.

Wings at Hot Sauce and Panko

7. Kusina Ni Tess

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237 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 351-1169
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Perhaps the friendliest and most delicious of the city’s Filipino steam table spots, Kusina Ni Tess is open for takeout Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s got a daily changing menu that you should check if you’re craving something specific — say, chicken adobo (every day except Monday) or the oxtail peanut stew known as kare-kare (Wednesdays only). Traditional breakfast silog plates are available all day, every day, and most dishes are priced at less than $8 for a small order. Call in or order delivery via Postmates.

8. Zen Yai Thai

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771 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 885-0725

Famous for its $9.95 combination boat noodles, served in a beefy, blood-fortified broth with meat, greens, and crispy pork cracklings, Zen Yai is one of the city’s quintessential spots for dining on a budget. Pro tip: Small bowls of the noodle soups are available for a fraction of the (already low) cost — perfect for diners with modest appetites, or indecisive ones who like to sample multiple tastes.

9. Mong Thu Cafe

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248 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 928-6724
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This cash-only cozy cafe in the Tenderloin is home to some of the city’s finest and most soul-satisfying Vietnamese noodle soups: funky, fermented-fish-spiked bun mam ($12), say, or the umami bomb of a bowl of bun rieu ($13, when it’s available as a special) with its juicy meatballs and crab-infused broth.

10. Saigon Sandwich

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560 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 474-5698
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This Tenderloin gem serves up bountiful banh mi — perhaps the most widely praised version in the city — for $4.50 a pop, though it’s worth it to spend an extra dollar to trick out your sandwich with a smear of the shop’s rich pâté.

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11. Good Luck Dim Sum

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736 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 386-3388

This classic Clement Street dim sum counter is the ideal spot to load up on har gow, siu mai, and pan-fried turnip cakes for much cheaper than what you’d pay at a sit-down dim sum parlor: Most items are priced at just $2.85 for an order of three. Or, for a classic Cantonese breakfast, spend a little over $6 on a big tub of pork-and-century-egg jook and a freshly fried Chinese doughnut.

Har gow at Good Luck Dim Sum Becky Duffett

12. The Flying Falafel

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1051 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 964-1003
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This fast-casual falafel shop is offers pitas, platters, and hummus bowls topped with your choice of falafel, spiced kebab, faux-chicken shawarma, or crispy chick’n — yes, everything on the menu is vegan. At $7.95, the falafel makes for a plant-based option that’s easy on the wallet. Both the SoMa and Union Square locations are open for pickup and delivery via apps like Caviar and Postmates during weekday lunch hours only — Monday through Friday.

13. Bini's Kitchen

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1001 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 361-6911
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Long a staple at pop-ups, street food festivals, and a lunch-only FiDi takeout window, Binita Pradhan now has a proper restaurant where customers enjoy her fantastic Nepalese momos, with their scratch-made wrappers and delectable fillings — though, of course, they’re only doing takeout and delivery right now. The restaurant is now open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., offering hot meals — $11 for eight turkey or veggie momos, or $50 for a family meal that feeds four — as well as big packs of frozen momos for you to stash away in your freezer. Call or text your order to 415-361-6911, email order@biniskitchen.com, or order online to arrange for curbside pickup.

14. Pakwan Restaurant

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3182 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-2440
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SF’s king of no-nonsense late-night Pakistani serves better-than-solid versions of standards like saag paneer and chicken tikka masala and perhaps the most satisfying garlic naan ($2.50) in the city. Almost everything on the menu is less than $10. The Mission location is open for takeout only from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; the Tenderloin and Ocean Avenue locations are also doing delivery via DoorDash and Uber Eats.

15. Yamo

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3406 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 553-8911

This tiny, no-frills Burmese diner, where everything on the menu — from the assortment of curries to the garlicky house noodles — will run you just $6.50, cash only. It might be the best bang for your buck of any restaurant in the city. Yamo is open for takeout with limited hours, Monday through Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Call in or wait patiently outside to place your order.

garlic noodles at yamo Omar Mamoon

16. El Gallo Giro

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986-998 Treat Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

It wouldn’t be right to have a list of inexpensive food options in San Francisco that didn’t include a taco truck, and El Gallo Giro has long been one of the best in the biz, dishing out impeccably juicy carnitas and deeply flavorful grilled chicken for $2.50 a taco. Currently the truck is parked in its usual spot at 23rd and Treat, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk up or call in; for a contactless transaction, customers can arrange to pay ahead via Venmo.

17. Basa Seafood Express

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3064 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-2388
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This humble seafood market and counter-service spot is one of the most affordable restaurants in the Mission. If you’re looking for a wide variety of budget-friendly fish and shellfish, this is your spot: The menu runs the gamut from clam chowder ($4.75) and fried shrimp and chips ($9.99) to trays of reasonably priced sashimi and poke. For even deeper savings, keep an eye out for buy-one-get-one-free specials on sushi rolls. Basa is currently open for takeout only, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, except on Sundays when it closes at 4:30. Call in to order.

18. Tortas Los Picudos

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2969 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-4199

This tiny Mission District sandwich shop has been cranking out some of the city’s tastiest, most skillfully assembled tortas for two decades. Of particular note are Los Picudos’ Michoacan-style carnitas, which are cooked on the stovetop in plenty of lard — and then showcased in sandwiches like the shop’s habit-forming torta ahogada, or drowned torta, which comes drenched in a pool of spicy chile de arbol salsa. Pro tip: Add an egg to any torta on the menu if you want to make it feel more breakfast-y, or, you know, just because eggs make things more delicious.

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19. Taqueria Vallarta

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3033 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-8116
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The days of $1.50 tacos in the Mission are mostly long gone, but even at $3 a pop, a plate of three or four tacos at this sign-strewn taqueria is still one of the neighborhood’s most affordable and satisfying meals. This is your spot for less common (in SF) but delicious bits like suadero, buche, and tripitas. The taqueria is open for takeout from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., with delivery available through Postmates and DoorDash.

20. Dumpling Specialist

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1123 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 640-1403

The most popular dish here is actually the juicy, pan-fried sheng jian bao, but don’t miss the hard-to-find northern Chinese breakfast specialties: fan tuan, or sticky rice rolls, and perhaps the city’s richest, creamiest version of salty soy milk (xian dou jiang). The best part? Dumplings and buns will only run you about $5.50 a plate, and that salty soy milk is just a touch over $3. The entire menu is currently available for takeout, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m., every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.

Salty soy milk with Chinese doughnuts at Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

21. Chalos

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2240 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 562-7752
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The Parkside cafe specializes in two things: empanadas (either baked or fried) and freshly fried Argentine-style churros. Get one of each, and that’s breakfast or lunch and dessert for around $10. There aren’t many better antidotes to the chill and fog of the outer avenues. During the shelter in place, Chalos is open for takeout during reduced hours — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. For contactless pickup, order online or call 415-562-7752. Delivery is also available via Grubhub.

Churros at Chalos Chalos

22. Auntie April's Chicken, Waffles, & Soul Food Restaurant

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4618 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 643-4983
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Don’t let anyone tell you there isn’t destination-worthy soul food in San Francisco — not when Auntie April’s has been dishing out a whole lot more than her restaurant’s (very good) namesake dish of fried chicken and waffles ($12 to $13). But the star of the menu is the city’s best version of shrimp and grits ($9) — lush, oozy grits topped with rich, savory, chile-tinged gravy.

23. Marugame Udon

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3251 20th St space 184
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 680-1280
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Normally, this Japanese fast-casual chain’s first Bay Area location, at the Stonestown Galleria mall, draws long lines for its high-quality, freshly made noodles and tempura. But since reopening in mid-May, the restaurant is offering both call-in and online ordering for takeout and curbside pickup, with delivery available via Uber Eats. Soups are packed separately so your noodles don’t get soggy, and the prices, as always, are eminently budget-friendly: Basic udon bowls start at just $5.20.

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24. Beep's Burgers

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1051 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 584-2650
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This space age-themed, ’60s-style diner in Ingleside serves one of the best inexpensive burgers in the city. During shelter in place, Beep’s has remained open during its regular hours, offering its Twinkie milkshakes, jalapeño poppers, and burgers — at $7.25 for a quarter pounder and $9.75 for half pounder — for takeout.

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1. Golden Boy Pizza

542 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

The doors are closed at this North Beach Sicilian-style pizza institution, but the restaurant is still serving pizza through its takeout window with reduced hours, from noon to 8 p.m. daily. They aren’t selling slices during the shelter in place, but you can buy a half sheet of pizza — the equivalent of about 8 of their square slices — for $22.50 (for plain cheese) to $26.50 (for the game-changing version topped with chopped clams and a ton of garlic). They’re baking the pizzas to order, so call in ahead of time or expect to wait 20 or 30 minutes.

542 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. Buster's Cheese Steak

366 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Perhaps the only spot in SF that really gets Philadelphia cheesesteak culture in all of its unfussy, best-after-midnight, unapologetically artery-clogging glory. The cooks here work magic with metal spatulas and a hot flat-top, and while they’ll serve you a slightly gussied up version if you request it, the basic Philly cheesesteak ($) has everything you need: the grilled onions, the heaping pile of meat, and your cheese of choice (Whiz is the only correct answer). Call in or order online.

366 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Rooster & Rice

2211 Filbert St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Stefanie Tuder

The menu here is short and sweet, the star attraction being the Thai poached chicken and rice dish known as khao mun gai. The original version comes with a generous portion of that chicken, chicken fat–infused rice, a side of broth, and a tangy-savory dipping sauce — all for $12.95. Other options, like a vegetarian version or one that features organic breast meat and brown rice, cater to the health conscious and those with dietary restrictions. It’s all extraordinarily takeout-friendly fare. There are four Rooster & Rice locations in the city; order online for pickup or delivery from the one closest to you.

2211 Filbert St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. Yo Yo's

318 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111

This Japanese noodle and takeaway sushi shop is little more than a tiny kitchen a few steps away from the heart of the Financial District, but it’s attracted a faithful following for its delicious, bargain-priced udon and soba, in particular. On a hot day (or, really, any day) the best move is to order the cold soba with everything — just $8.25 for a full order, though the half-order size is just right for lighter appetites. “Everything” includes crispy puffed rice, seasoned bean curd, and a little dab of wasabi. The restaurant has reopened for takeout, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

318 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. New Woey Loy Goey Restaurant

699 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

This Chinatown basement restaurant — whose history goes back some 90 years — serves some of the heartiest and most inexpensive Cantonese food in town. Customer favorites include old-school dishes like tomato-and-beef chow mein, salt-and-pepper fried pork chops, and steamed pork hash. The rice plates are an especially good deal, at just $7 or $8 a pop.

699 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. Hot Sauce and Panko

1468 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Wings at Hot Sauce and Panko

This popular Russian Hill wing-slinger is a takeout- and delivery-only model, with a retail shop selling hot sauce when you pick up your wings. These are some of the most succulent, flavorful wings in town, available in a whole range of internationally-inspired sweet, savory, or spicy varieties — most priced at $6.99 for an order of five. Order online for pickup or delivery.

1468 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109

7. Kusina Ni Tess

237 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Perhaps the friendliest and most delicious of the city’s Filipino steam table spots, Kusina Ni Tess is open for takeout Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s got a daily changing menu that you should check if you’re craving something specific — say, chicken adobo (every day except Monday) or the oxtail peanut stew known as kare-kare (Wednesdays only). Traditional breakfast silog plates are available all day, every day, and most dishes are priced at less than $8 for a small order. Call in or order delivery via Postmates.

237 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. Zen Yai Thai

771 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Famous for its $9.95 combination boat noodles, served in a beefy, blood-fortified broth with meat, greens, and crispy pork cracklings, Zen Yai is one of the city’s quintessential spots for dining on a budget. Pro tip: Small bowls of the noodle soups are available for a fraction of the (already low) cost — perfect for diners with modest appetites, or indecisive ones who like to sample multiple tastes.

771 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. Mong Thu Cafe

248 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This cash-only cozy cafe in the Tenderloin is home to some of the city’s finest and most soul-satisfying Vietnamese noodle soups: funky, fermented-fish-spiked bun mam ($12), say, or the umami bomb of a bowl of bun rieu ($13, when it’s available as a special) with its juicy meatballs and crab-infused broth.

248 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94102

10. Saigon Sandwich

560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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This Tenderloin gem serves up bountiful banh mi — perhaps the most widely praised version in the city — for $4.50 a pop, though it’s worth it to spend an extra dollar to trick out your sandwich with a smear of the shop’s rich pâté.

560 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

11. Good Luck Dim Sum

736 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Har gow at Good Luck Dim Sum Becky Duffett

This classic Clement Street dim sum counter is the ideal spot to load up on har gow, siu mai, and pan-fried turnip cakes for much cheaper than what you’d pay at a sit-down dim sum parlor: Most items are priced at just $2.85 for an order of three. Or, for a classic Cantonese breakfast, spend a little over $6 on a big tub of pork-and-century-egg jook and a freshly fried Chinese doughnut.

736 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

12. The Flying Falafel

1051 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

This fast-casual falafel shop is offers pitas, platters, and hummus bowls topped with your choice of falafel, spiced kebab, faux-chicken shawarma, or crispy chick’n — yes, everything on the menu is vegan. At $7.95, the falafel makes for a plant-based option that’s easy on the wallet. Both the SoMa and Union Square locations are open for pickup and delivery via apps like Caviar and Postmates during weekday lunch hours only — Monday through Friday.

1051 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

13. Bini's Kitchen

1001 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Long a staple at pop-ups, street food festivals, and a lunch-only FiDi takeout window, Binita Pradhan now has a proper restaurant where customers enjoy her fantastic Nepalese momos, with their scratch-made wrappers and delectable fillings — though, of course, they’re only doing takeout and delivery right now. The restaurant is now open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., offering hot meals — $11 for eight turkey or veggie momos, or $50 for a family meal that feeds four — as well as big packs of frozen momos for you to stash away in your freezer. Call or text your order to 415-361-6911, email order@biniskitchen.com, or order online to arrange for curbside pickup.

1001 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103

14. Pakwan Restaurant

3182 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

SF’s king of no-nonsense late-night Pakistani serves better-than-solid versions of standards like saag paneer and chicken tikka masala and perhaps the most satisfying garlic naan ($2.50) in the city. Almost everything on the menu is less than $10. The Mission location is open for takeout only from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; the Tenderloin and Ocean Avenue locations are also doing delivery via DoorDash and Uber Eats.

3182 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

15. Yamo

3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
garlic noodles at yamo Omar Mamoon

This tiny, no-frills Burmese diner, where everything on the menu — from the assortment of curries to the garlicky house noodles — will run you just $6.50, cash only. It might be the best bang for your buck of any restaurant in the city. Yamo is open for takeout with limited hours, Monday through Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Call in or wait patiently outside to place your order.

3406 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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16. El Gallo Giro

986-998 Treat Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

It wouldn’t be right to have a list of inexpensive food options in San Francisco that didn’t include a taco truck, and El Gallo Giro has long been one of the best in the biz, dishing out impeccably juicy carnitas and deeply flavorful grilled chicken for $2.50 a taco. Currently the truck is parked in its usual spot at 23rd and Treat, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk up or call in; for a contactless transaction, customers can arrange to pay ahead via Venmo.

986-998 Treat Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

17. Basa Seafood Express

3064 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This humble seafood market and counter-service spot is one of the most affordable restaurants in the Mission. If you’re looking for a wide variety of budget-friendly fish and shellfish, this is your spot: The menu runs the gamut from clam chowder ($4.75) and fried shrimp and chips ($9.99) to trays of reasonably priced sashimi and poke. For even deeper savings, keep an eye out for buy-one-get-one-free specials on sushi rolls. Basa is currently open for takeout only, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, except on Sundays when it closes at 4:30. Call in to order.

3064 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

18. Tortas Los Picudos

2969 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Luke Tsai

This tiny Mission District sandwich shop has been cranking out some of the city’s tastiest, most skillfully assembled tortas for two decades. Of particular note are Los Picudos’ Michoacan-style carnitas, which are cooked on the stovetop in plenty of lard — and then showcased in sandwiches like the shop’s habit-forming torta ahogada, or drowned torta, which comes drenched in a pool of spicy chile de arbol salsa. Pro tip: Add an egg to any torta on the menu if you want to make it feel more breakfast-y, or, you know, just because eggs make things more delicious.

2969 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

19. Taqueria Vallarta

3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The days of $1.50 tacos in the Mission are mostly long gone, but even at $3 a pop, a plate of three or four tacos at this sign-strewn taqueria is still one of the neighborhood’s most affordable and satisfying meals. This is your spot for less common (in SF) but delicious bits like suadero, buche, and tripitas. The taqueria is open for takeout from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., with delivery available through Postmates and DoorDash.

3033 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

20. Dumpling Specialist

1123 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116
Salty soy milk with Chinese doughnuts at Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

The most popular dish here is actually the juicy, pan-fried sheng jian bao, but don’t miss the hard-to-find northern Chinese breakfast specialties: fan tuan, or sticky rice rolls, and perhaps the city’s richest, creamiest version of salty soy milk (xian dou jiang). The best part? Dumplings and buns will only run you about $5.50 a plate, and that salty soy milk is just a touch over $3. The entire menu is currently available for takeout, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m., every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.

1123 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

21. Chalos

2240 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116
Churros at Chalos Chalos

The Parkside cafe specializes in two things: empanadas (either baked or fried) and freshly fried Argentine-style churros. Get one of each, and that’s breakfast or lunch and dessert for around $10. There aren’t many better antidotes to the chill and fog of the outer avenues. During the shelter in place, Chalos is open for takeout during reduced hours — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. For contactless pickup, order online or call 415-562-7752. Delivery is also available via Grubhub.

2240 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

22. Auntie April's Chicken, Waffles, & Soul Food Restaurant

4618 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

Don’t let anyone tell you there isn’t destination-worthy soul food in San Francisco — not when Auntie April’s has been dishing out a whole lot more than her restaurant’s (very good) namesake dish of fried chicken and waffles ($12 to $13). But the star of the menu is the city’s best version of shrimp and grits ($9) — lush, oozy grits topped with rich, savory, chile-tinged gravy.

4618 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

23. Marugame Udon

3251 20th St space 184, San Francisco, CA 94132
Marugame Udon

Normally, this Japanese fast-casual chain’s first Bay Area location, at the Stonestown Galleria mall, draws long lines for its high-quality, freshly made noodles and tempura. But since reopening in mid-May, the restaurant is offering both call-in and online ordering for takeout and curbside pickup, with delivery available via Uber Eats. Soups are packed separately so your noodles don’t get soggy, and the prices, as always, are eminently budget-friendly: Basic udon bowls start at just $5.20.

3251 20th St space 184
San Francisco, CA 94132

24. Beep's Burgers

1051 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
Read Review |

This space age-themed, ’60s-style diner in Ingleside serves one of the best inexpensive burgers in the city. During shelter in place, Beep’s has remained open during its regular hours, offering its Twinkie milkshakes, jalapeño poppers, and burgers — at $7.25 for a quarter pounder and $9.75 for half pounder — for takeout.

1051 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112