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.Read More
BrokeAss Gourmet Gabi Moskowitz's Favorite SF Cheap-Eats Spots
Delicious restaurant and grocery recommendations from an expert on inexpensive eating.
Duc Loi Supermarket
"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."
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Good Luck Dim Sum 好運點心
"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."
"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."
"I love nearly everything Arizmendi makes, but a slice of their pizza of the day (always seasonal, always delicious) is transcendent."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine
"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."
Vik’s Chaat Corner
"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."