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Fish & Chips

If you are ever in the San Bruno area south of the Tanforan Mall or west of the SFO airport, there is a F&C place called London Fish & Chips on El Camino Real. They also have fried clams, shrimp, oysters, corn dogs, etc. It's family-owned and it's pretty good.

Authentic Filipino meals near the Ballpark

I highly recommend Carmen's on Pier 40, a family-owned restaurant located half a block from the ballpark in The Embarcadero. This is the closest to authentic Filipino food you can find in San Francisco without driving to Daly City/South San Francisco areas. I've heard it's a "hit-and-miss" Filipino restaurant, but so far, I haven't been disappointed.

They are known for their pork or chicken adobo. Absolutely delicious! (Very different style from other Filipino regions that I'm used to. They use paprika :)

Also serving:

-pork lumpia

-Daing na Bangus with eggs over fried rice (fried milkfish marinated in vinegar and soysauce; traditional Filipino breakfast)

-Comsilogs over fried rice (combination breakfast plate with two choices of either tocino, longanisa, adobo or fish)

-Fried tilapia


-Sinigang chicken or pork (savory soup and a little sour kick with veggies and meat)

I can recommend places in Daly City or South San Francisco also. I'd be happy to steer you to the right place.

$1 oysters

Great oysters for Happy Hour from 5-7pm M-Sat and 4-7pm Sun at Mecca on Market Street between Dolores and Church Streets (towards the Castro). They also have awesome $6 cocktails to go with their $1 oysters. Paul is one of the coolest bartenders there. Very friendly but semi-upscale ambiance. It's definitely a great place to hang out, "in cognito".

There's also a new place that just opened up on Market and 14th Streets, Woodhouse Fish Company. They have $1 oysters on Tuesdays from 5pm-closing and $7 dungeness cold crab.

Another place for Happy Hour $1 oysters towards Russian Hill is the Hyde Street Seafood House on Hyde and Jackson Streets. Fabulous oysters at $1 during happy hour, 7 days a week.


Thai grocery???

I would suggest any Asian markets located on Clement Street between 2nd and 6th Avenues. You can find pretty much any Thai ingredients there and the prices are cheap, especially fresh Thai veggies and sauces/pastes.

cheap eats near grand central

If you're looking for non-Irish food and would like some Chinese, I highly recommend Mee Noodle House on 2nd Avenue and 49th Street. It's 2 blocks down toward the East River and walk your way up from 42nd to 49th Street.

Their General Tso chicken is the best I've ever had in Manhattan (or San Francisco) and their fried rice has crispy bits of fresh onions (if you're into that) thrown in with it. They also have soups with many types of noodles, veggies and meat you can choose from.

Good luck and good eatin'!

Mar 16, 2007
Gudeater in Manhattan

Sit Down Mexican in Mission

Bar none. The best Mexican food sit-downs are at El Torro (17th & Valencia Streets) and Pancho Villa (on 16th between Mission and Valencia Streets). They grill their veggies,seafood and meat to perfection and everything is made fresh. The restaurants are owned by the same owner, including another one in the Castro area, Zapata (18th between Collingsworth and Castro Streets).

I have been a dedicated patron for more than 20 years and they are consistent with their food. They also give you a variety of salsas for free. Order their combination dinners and you won't regret it. Absolutely fantastic food.