More Bay Area Cheap Eats favorites….

Here are more random Cheap Eats favorites from around the Bay Area:

Pancakes: It’s Tops diner on Market Street near Octavia in SF. Cool, old fashioned diner that keeps odd hours, but THE best pancakes in the city IMHO. The shakes and fountain items are pretty good too. Everything else is just okay, bu try the pancakes, light fluffy, and not like a wet sponge as many mediocre pancakes are.

Pizza: Wow. This is a tough one. I’m gonna cop out on this one, but under the category of Cheap Eats, I’m gonna say Golden Boy Pizza by the (square) slice on Green Street between Grant and Columbus. Clam and garlic, vegetarian, pepperoni, just get whatever’s hot. This is kinda like Jack In the Box tacos, in that it tastes even better after a long night out on the town. I also happen to like the Kama Sutra Pizza on cornmeal crust at Pizza Orgasmica. I know someone’s going to ask about Delfina, but that’s not really Cheap Eats. I also like Pauline’s on Valencia and Little Star’s Deep dish on Divisadero, but it depends on which item you get.

Focccacia: This one’s easy. Liguria Bakery right off Washington Square park. THey still wrap the oily bread in butcher paper, and hand tie it up with string. The place is a small, old takeout storefront, and the only concession to modernization is the addition of “new” flavors. You can get plain, onion, pizza, or raisin flavors. I personally like the plain or inion, but the raisin is studded with plump, golden raisins, and toasts up nicely.

Coffee: I’ll start by saying that I’m a big fat coffee snob. My daily drink is Peet’s, but one of my favorites is Blue Bottle on Linden off Gough Street. It’s essentially a roll-up corrugated steel garage door with a small counter  inside. Each cup of non-espresso drinks is dripped to order, so it takes a little while. the upside is you get a rich, robust cuppa joe that never tastes burnt or stale. It’s a bit pricey, and there is nowhere to sit, but if you want a really good cup of coffee, check this out. They also have a stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market if you are out that way on Saturday.

Cheesesteak: I’m Partial to the Cheesesteak Shop on Divisadero between Sutter and Bush. A 10″ Cheesteak with onions and hot & sweet peppers is my usual order. I’ve had the mushroom and the spinach cheesesteaks, and they’re okay, but I’ll go with the plain so I can taste the meat & cheese. They use thinly sliced ribeye, and chop it on the grill, then top it with provolone or white american cheese. You can then get it topped with grilled onions and sweet and/or hot cherry peppers. They allegedly import the rolls from Amoroso’s in Philadelphia too. If you can’t find parking, and it’s in the evening, park in the Wells Fargo lot behind Starbucks. Cheesesteak, Fries, drink under $12 all in.

Breakfast: Tough call on this one, but I’m going to have to go with Bette’s Oceanview Diner on Fourth Street in Berkeley. I’ll usually get the Maryland breakfast, which is two poached eggs over their homemade, chunky corned beef hash with toast or a scone. The big chunks of corned beef include pieces of the fat to go along with the crusty potatoes and bits of green onion. If I’m in the mood for something sweet here, I’ll get the banana-rum souffle pancakes. Besides the quality of the food, I give Bette’s the nod because of it’s consistency and good, strong coffee. Unfortunately, it’s gotten so popular that the wait can be an hour on the weekends.

More to come later……

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One Response to “More Bay Area Cheap Eats favorites….”

  1. Oh man, you missed Chico’s Pizza on 6th between Mission and Howard. Giant slice is actually 2 slices and always delicious, great sauce and fluffy crusts. Just beware the treck to pick it up. No tables, just some counters full of crazies but certainly worth a try if you’re in the ghetto.

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