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Chaat Cafe

image_3Chaat Cafe – SoMa

Indian restaurant located on Third and Howard.. It’s fairly close to Pazzia and since so many people on Yelp were raving about the Chicken Tikka Masala, I figured I owed them a visit.

I wanted something filling and boy did I come to the right place. Chaat Cafe has a huge selection of dishes, which for the most part are around $10 a pop. They’ve even got pictures of the dishes in case you’re like me in having no idea what Malai Kofta, Samosa Chaat, or Paneer Pakora are.

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I went in on a weekday evening; there were only a few customers, but they had around 8 people working there at the time. This made for great service, don’t get me wrong. However, I’m not sure if it was economically sound.

But I digress; The meal was pretty tasty. I don’t eat Indian food that often, so I wasn’t sure of the best way to tackle my Chicken Tikka Masala, or what the dish was comprised of for that matter. I decided to ladle the dish onto my plate of rice. This worked out very well and seemed like the best way to handle it. I discovered that the dish contains house roasted spices, tomatoes, onions, cream, and a little fenugreek after asking my waitress, who brought me my food very quickly.

image_2Good food & even better service at Chaat Cafe!

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Sunrise Deli & Cafe

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Sunrise Deli & Cafe – Outer Sunset

is a quaint little hole in the wall in the Outer Sunset boasting in 3 different SF locations in San Francisco. The one I visited yesterday was at Irving and 22nd. I can totally understand why SF needs 3 of these. They make everything right in front of you, fresh as can be! I ordered from their menu, a Lamb Shawarma as well as half a dozen Falafels.

Now, I don’t eat Middle Eastern cuisine all that often, so I don’t claim to be an expert by any means. However, these were the best Falafels I have ever had. They also had some Chili-esque sauce on the table that went perfectly with them. Half a dozen Falafels (which they say are the best in town) were around $3.50, which I found to be a pretty great deal for someone as hungry as I was. Then there was the Lamb Shawarma which was around $7. It was very good, but it definitely needed some spicing up. I returned once again to the chiles I had dunked my falafel in earlier. Albeit a little messy, it was another tasty combo from the Sunrise Deli & Cafe!image_2

 

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Greenhouse Cafe

One lazy Saturday afternoon, I decided that some of my Italian classmates and I should meet-up in a centrally-located cafe. I ended up choosing the Greenhouse Cafe in West Portal. The main reason I chose this cafe out of all the others nearby, was because of the good ratings on yelp. The 20% discount after check-in was also an added bonus.

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This cafe is one quick stop before the Muni’s stop in West Portal. This hole in the wall not only has plenty of seating indoors, but also boasts an outdoor patio that I was not able to check out due to the rainy weather.
The menu consists of everything that you would figure your run of the mill cafe might have. However, they also offered specialty drinks like Vietnamese Coffee and homemade Chai. I opted for the Chai this time and got more tea than you normally would at a similar cafe in SF for around $2.50. It was great. The atmosphere was great, plenty of locals chatting about business. The guy working at the time was a little depressed. I tried to give him some words of encouragement, but I think it’s going to take more than just one person to lift his spirits. So if you go to the Greenhouse cafe and the guy working there seems a little down say something nice!
All in all, great cafe and if you’re looking for a meet-up spot near West Portal, ditch Starbucks and come here!

 

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