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BrokeAss Gourmet Gabi Moskowitz's Favorite SF Cheap-Eats Spots

Delicious restaurant and grocery recommendations from an expert on inexpensive eating.

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When it comes to eating well on the cheap, Gabi Moskowitz is the woman to ask. Founder of the popular blog BrokeAss Gourmet, the Bay Area native made her name offering advice for home cooking on the cheap, but she still likes to get out and eat every once in a while, especially with a busy schedule of cookbook releases and work on her ABC Family sitcom, Young and Hungry, in which she's portrayed by Emily Osment. Whether you're looking for solid inexpensive sushi, dirt-cheap dim sum, or a place to stock up on produce for your next juice cleanse, here are 11 of Moskowitz's favorite places to dine and shop for food in the Bay Area.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Duc Loi Supermarket

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2200 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 551-1772
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"One of my all-time favorite grocery stores in SF. They have fresh, beautiful, and very affordable produce, plus tons of great Asian and Latin American products. I shop here at least once a week."

2. Good Luck Dim Sum 好運點心

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736 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 386-3388
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"This is a very no-frills spot for dim sum, but what they lack in ambiance, they make up for in flavor and quality. Some of the yummiest dumplings, sesame balls, and pork buns in the city--and most of the items cost less than a dollar."

3. Arinell Pizza

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509 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 255-1303
"I have yet to find a slice of pizza that is closer to NYC-style here in SF. I almost exclusively go with plain cheese, and always add tons of crushed red pepper."

4. Arizmendi Bakery

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1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 556-3117
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"I love nearly everything Arizmendi makes, but a slice of their pizza of the day (always seasonal, always delicious) is transcendent."

5. Limon Rotisserie

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524 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 252-0918
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"This is a place where you can get a hearty, super-satisfying meal (with an emphasis on delicious meat), with solid ambiance, and still get out for $15-$20 per person, including beverages and tip. I'm a fan."

6. Dinosaurs

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2275 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 503-1421
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"There may be better or more authentic banh mi places in SF, but Dinosaur wins my heart because they do this crazy-delicious thing with their tofu banh mi, where they essentially cook shredded tofu until it's super crispy, and layer that in with the traditional condiments and vegetables. It takes what is usually a lame alternative to a meat banh mi and turns it into something that even carnivores crave."

7. MaMa Ji's

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4416 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 626-4416
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"I'm almost hesitant to tell you about this, because I don't want this place to get so popular that it's impossible to get in. But: there's unbelievably good Chinese food, with an emphasis on dumplings, in the Castro! Another awesome thing about this place is that they make really superior vegetarian dim sum, which is hard to do. I usually stick to meat dumplings, but vegetarians I've eaten there with have loved the veggie stuff!"

8. Yoyo Sushi

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3092 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-9181
"This place makes very decent and affordable sushi, but my favorite thing to get there is bibimbap, which they serve a few times a week, as a special. It's delicious, filling and very inexpensive."

9. Golden Produce

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172 Church St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 431-1536
"Starting a juice cleanse? Making a ton of salad? Just picking up your veggies for the week? Head to Golden Produce! They have amazingly fresh, beautiful organic and conventionally-grown produce, and it's super inexpensive. Also worth a look is Golden Market, their sister store, just a few storefronts up the block. They have a solid meat and fish counter, and lots of health-food-store staples."

10. Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine

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901 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 256-8900
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"This place is worth the schlep to Marin. Phenomenal Puerto Rican food, and especially delicious tostones. I love to get one of their sandwiches on tostones instead of bread."

11. Vik’s Chaat Corner

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2390 4th St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 644-4412
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"Go to Vik's for the chaat, but stay for the adjacent grocery store! Delicious, wildly cheap dried grains, beans, and spices can be yours for a song, and they have an awesome selection of imported Indian products."

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1. Duc Loi Supermarket

2200 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
"One of my all-time favorite grocery stores in SF. They have fresh, beautiful, and very affordable produce, plus tons of great Asian and Latin American products. I shop here at least once a week."
2200 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Good Luck Dim Sum 好運點心

736 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
"This is a very no-frills spot for dim sum, but what they lack in ambiance, they make up for in flavor and quality. Some of the yummiest dumplings, sesame balls, and pork buns in the city--and most of the items cost less than a dollar."
736 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

3. Arinell Pizza

509 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
"I have yet to find a slice of pizza that is closer to NYC-style here in SF. I almost exclusively go with plain cheese, and always add tons of crushed red pepper."
509 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

4. Arizmendi Bakery

1331 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
"I love nearly everything Arizmendi makes, but a slice of their pizza of the day (always seasonal, always delicious) is transcendent."
1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

5. Limon Rotisserie

524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
"This is a place where you can get a hearty, super-satisfying meal (with an emphasis on delicious meat), with solid ambiance, and still get out for $15-$20 per person, including beverages and tip. I'm a fan."
524 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. Dinosaurs

2275 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
"There may be better or more authentic banh mi places in SF, but Dinosaur wins my heart because they do this crazy-delicious thing with their tofu banh mi, where they essentially cook shredded tofu until it's super crispy, and layer that in with the traditional condiments and vegetables. It takes what is usually a lame alternative to a meat banh mi and turns it into something that even carnivores crave."
2275 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

7. MaMa Ji's

4416 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
"I'm almost hesitant to tell you about this, because I don't want this place to get so popular that it's impossible to get in. But: there's unbelievably good Chinese food, with an emphasis on dumplings, in the Castro! Another awesome thing about this place is that they make really superior vegetarian dim sum, which is hard to do. I usually stick to meat dumplings, but vegetarians I've eaten there with have loved the veggie stuff!"
4416 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

8. Yoyo Sushi

3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
"This place makes very decent and affordable sushi, but my favorite thing to get there is bibimbap, which they serve a few times a week, as a special. It's delicious, filling and very inexpensive."
3092 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Golden Produce

172 Church St, San Francisco, CA
"Starting a juice cleanse? Making a ton of salad? Just picking up your veggies for the week? Head to Golden Produce! They have amazingly fresh, beautiful organic and conventionally-grown produce, and it's super inexpensive. Also worth a look is Golden Market, their sister store, just a few storefronts up the block. They have a solid meat and fish counter, and lots of health-food-store staples."
172 Church St
San Francisco, CA

10. Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine

901 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
"This place is worth the schlep to Marin. Phenomenal Puerto Rican food, and especially delicious tostones. I love to get one of their sandwiches on tostones instead of bread."
901 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

11. Vik’s Chaat Corner

2390 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
"Go to Vik's for the chaat, but stay for the adjacent grocery store! Delicious, wildly cheap dried grains, beans, and spices can be yours for a song, and they have an awesome selection of imported Indian products."
2390 4th St
Berkeley, CA 94710

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