In a town of bacon-wrapped hot dogs, taquerias, and food trucks, it’s easy to get spoiled by all the quick, cheap food San Francisco has to offer. But find yourself in North Beach–one of the most bustling tourist neighborhoods in the country–and cheap eats become a little trickier to come by. Here are our picks for the best dishes to score in the ‘hood for $10 or under (in no particular order). What are yours?
1. Meatball Sandwich from Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Café
With an abundance of overpriced, touristy North Beach restaurants, Mario’s is a refreshing, no-frills beer and sandwich joint. Filled with gooey cheese, marinara, and onions on freshly made onion focaccia, this sandwich will satisfy any mid-afternoon craving. Make it even cheaper with their half-sandwich option for just $5.50. $8, 566 Columbus Ave.
2. Grilled radicchio wrapped in Parma prosciutto from L’Osteria del Forno (Radicchio alla Grigli)
This tiny, family owned restaurant is a gem amongst the large, fancy Italian trattorias studding Columbus Avenue. It’s the perfect place to share a delicious thin crust pizza and a carafe of wine with a friend or a date, but don’t miss the radicchio appetizer. The smoky, bitterness of the grilled radicchio is highlighted perfectly by the sweet and salty prosciutto. $9, 519 Columbus Ave.
3. Burger at Sam’s Pizza & Hamburgers
When you’re out late and need a bite to soak up the booze, Sam’s is just the place. Sam’s has been around forever, and is a refreshing look into the world of North Beach before the swanky restaurants and expensive bar scene emerged. This greasy, no-frills spot will satisfy your after-hours cravings for a small price (Sam’s Special: the Hamburger, fries, and a coke will set you back only $6.99) and will probably still serve you after their alleged 2 am close time. $5, 618 Broadway
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