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Little Star Pizza

                                                                 Little Star Pizza – Western Addition

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Located at 846 Divisadero St. is just one of their three locations. There’s one in NOPA, Mission, and lastly one in Albany across the bay. They serve up everything you’d expect a pizza joint to, from deep dish pizzas and thin crust pies to spicy chicken wings and even Caprese salads.

As the clock struck 2 P.M, I realized I was starved (as usual). So, my colleagues and I decided to grab a bite to eat. Everyone was very indifferent as to what and where we would eat. We made a last minute decision to come here and everyone was pretty happy that we did.

We walked into Little Star Pizza and were immediately seated. We decided to go all out by ordering the spicy chicken wings and a deep dish pizza complete with mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, and anchovies. What a combo! I had stated that I really didn’t mind whatever toppings my workmates wanted to throw on the pizza, but after I heard what was actually going on the pizza I was a little hesitant.

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image_3The wings came very quickly while we waited for our Smörgåsbord of a pizza. Earlier, it had been foretold that the wings were superb and thus we had to to try them. And they were cooked perfectly. The meat was practically falling off of each chicken bone, making it a cinch to pick them clean. The wings came with some baby carrots and blue cheese dressing. The blue cheese was the perfect match for the slightly spicy chicken and carrots. The wings really didn’t need it, but it was nice to have nonetheless.

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Just before we could even finish our wings, the pizza had arrived. It looked a little unconventional and tasted much the same. Not to say that unconventionality is necessarily a bad thing! Although I was initially hesitant about the anchovies, they were used sparingly and actually added a nice touch to the pie.

The crust was amazing and possibly my favorite part. It was crisped on the outside, but only to such a degree where the inside of the pizza was still insanely fluffy. This worked very well with the heaps of tomato sauce, pepperoni,and mushrooms.

Little Star Pizza is a classy establishment that knows how to fill their niche and do it well. How classy are they? Apart from the modern decor, they were even so classy as to charge a mere 25 cents for the use of their in-house ATM. I don’t know how often you get that price at your local ATM, but 25 cents is unheard in regards to most ATMs in San Francisco (they usually charge a dollar or even two). Overall, it was a great experience. You stay classy Little Star Pizza!

 

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El Rancho Grande

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El Rancho Grande – Lower Pacific Heights

Located at 855 Divisadero St., they’ve got everything you’d expect and a little more. What I mean by that is, they have free (with purchase of something else) grilled peppers to go with your food! I didn’t notice until the second time I visited El Rancho Grande, but I’m so glad I did.

I ordered a super burrito con carne. I may be a little stuck in my ways, but I can’t help but order super burritos. Maybe it’s because they’re always delicious and super filling for a great price. And just as predicted, El Rancho Grande delivered!

image_2 The super burrito con carne was awesome! It was larger than my head and only cost me ~ $8! I HAD to get some hot sauce to go with it, because super burritos are never spicy by default (but they really should be). In addition to the hot sauce, I added plenty of lime, which is a must.

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I was very pleased with El Rancho Grande. Quick service, cheap Mexican cuisine, and free grilled peppers. I almost thought I was in The Mission district for a second! Seriously though, what more can you ask for from a taqueria?

 

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Holy Dog

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Holy Dog  –  Western Addition

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Modern hot dog joint, located at 1552 Fillmore Street. I didn’t know what to expect when walking into this small establishment. My co-worker had suggested that it was a great place to obtain some Kimchi hot dogs. I wasn’t exactly sure what Kimchi was, but I was starved and more than willing to find out! For those of you who also don’t know what Kimchi is, it’s spicy pickled cabbage and just so happens to be the national dish of Korea.

We all ordered our Kimchi dogs and decided to eat them upstairs, because there really wasn’t too much room to do so on the bottom floor.  On the second floor there’s ample seating, a pretty cool mural (pictured right), and an open window to the bottom of the restaurant. I have to say it was pretty weirdly designed restaurant.

image_31When the dogs came, I thought I recognized a ton of mustard on top of them (Not that I have anything against mustard). But, as I picked it up to take a bite, I realized that it wasn’t actually mustard, but rather something more along the lines of nacho cheese. It served as a good combo to the Kimchi, which has a little bit of spiciness to it in addition to tasting pickled. The dog itself seemed pretty standard albeit a tad salty, but the topping really made it worth the $6.

Holy dog sports a a fair amount of beers at a really cheap price. I didn’t get to partake in their awesome deals like the $1.50 Sapporo everyday, because I had other obligations. Next time I’m in the area, I’ll definitely be stopping by for a dog and a beer.

 

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Fresh Roll

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Fresh Roll – SoMaimage_2

Modern Vietnamese restaurant located right next to The Metreon. They’ve got a variety of cheap (by SF standards of course) foods as seen below on the menu (from their Facebook)

I wasn’t in the mood for Pho, but I couldn’t resist the allure of a Bahn Mi. I walked in to find the place had a rather familiar yellow and green motif everywhere. It was almost like they were endorsed by Sprite (Coca Cola Co.)! I kept my thoughts to myself and ordered a Lemongrass Pork Bahn Mi to go. It had all the standard veggies –  letimage_3tuce, bean sprouts, cilantro, cucumbers, jalapenos, and a little pineapple.

The bread was fantastic, which it should always be, considering bahn translates to bread in Vietnamese.

They put on more than a healthy order of Lemongrass Pork on the sandwich, as so it was overflowing! When someone makes a sandwich OVERFLOWING with awesome ingredients, it makes me a very happy camper.

It might be because I was starved after working, but this seemed to me like the best Bahn Mi I had in SF so far. There was just the right amount of tangyness, more pork than you could fit in a sandwich, enough jalapeno slices to make the sandwich spicy without overpowering the other flavors, and the perfect amount of cilantro (I love lots of cilantro).

It was only $7 and some change. If you want a quick + cheap bite and you’re in SOMA near the Metreon. Go grab a sandwich at Fresh Roll!Freshroll on Urbanspoonimage_1

 

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Chaat Cafe

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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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Taqueria Guadalajara

Taqueria Guadalajara – Excelsior

I was doing a bit of grocery shopping in the Excelsior, when I realized I was buying a lot of food I didn’t really need. This was due to my mistake of grocery shopping on an empty stomach. NEVER shop for groceries on an empty stomach!

Now there are a lot of different taquerias on Mission Street. This one was close by and seemed like a good way to quell my hunger. My friend had told me that he had been to this particular establishment before and that they had some really good fruit salsa.  I ordered a super burrito asada con todo (steak super burrito with everything) and a water to wash it all down. I wasn’t really thinking straight when I ordered everything on my burrito, because I’m really not a big fan of sour cream. But, it didn’t ruin the burrito for me. We sit down, they bring us our food and complementary chips. The burrito was great. Yes, it did have a lot of sour cream, which isn’t particularly to my liking, but I figured I could simply put some of this famous fruit salsa on it and everything would be A-OK. My so-called “friend” told me to try some peach salsa that he had found. I soon after realized that it wasn’t peach at all, but rather the ever-spicy habañero!

I love spicy food, so this wasn’t actually a bad thing at all. Although, I’ll definitely have to get back at my friend for trying to dupe me into burning my mouth. All and all it was a great stop. If you like a little bit of spicy flavor, check out Taqueria Guadalajara!

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