Cheap hot spots in the city

Marcia's recommendations

A total gem in the Richmond, a small and chic little spot with Japanese-meets-Korean dishes. Quite scrumptious, cool interior, and really nice folks run it. And since they're open late Thu–Sat, it's a favorite of a lot of people in the restaurant industry. Favorite dishes: spicy pork ribs, kalbi-style skirt steak, cho jang with oysters! They also do a groovy brunch too.

Located in the Mission, extremely charming. Unique food (Mexican and Turkish!), with one of the coolest interiors in the city. Great Mission scene and lovely energy! Two of the owners are from Guadalajara -- one of them designs furnishings, hence the unique look and style! Favorite dish: panko-crusted shrimp in jicama "tacos." One of my top 10 dishes ever. Great moderate pricing.

  • 3234 22nd St. Near Bartlett
  • 415-643-5656
  • Review

Located in the Marina. It's Cal-Spanish food and has an all-Spanish wine list! It's one of the city's gems for tasty tapas that aren't the same old/same old! Favorite dishes: the house-made charcuterie, the chickpea croquetas, the clams with salchichon, the suckling pig. Oh, and figs wrapped in jamon! Nice folks, cool scene, fun bar, and the price is really fair considering the quality of the food.

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