67 delicious (and cheap!) pleasures of summer -- for under $10
CRANKSHAFT SANDWICH, $10
An excellent tuna melt, this one comes with a decadent mayonnaise-based tuna salad made with albacore, plus house pickles, Shelburne cheddar, and arugula to lighten it up a little.
Machine, 1024 Market, SF. (415) 913-7370
DECONSTRUCTED SAMOSA, $7
This dish is a crazy mountain of garbanzos, a meat or tofu of your choice, pico de gallo, chutney, and crispy sev noodles on top, plus mini samosas on the side. Delicious confusion.
Curry Up Now, 659 Valenica, SF. www.curryupnow.com
WHITE SPINACH SLICE, $4
This unassuming pizza shop in the Mission makes one hell of a New York-style slice, and the white spinach slice (spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic) is rich and tasty. Great crisp crust.
The Pizza Shop, 3104 24th St, SF. (415) 824-1840
BEEP'S PINEAPPLE SHAKE, $3.50
This creamy, citrusy, brainfreezing rush is a legend — people have been talking about it for generations. The rest of the Ingleside diner's menu is your basic '50s throwback drive-through diner fare (plus teriyaki bowls), but the shake goes down well with some salty fries.
Beep's Burgers, 1051 Ocean Avenue, SF. (415) 584-2650
TONKOTSU KOTTERI RAMEN, $8.45
Some of the richest pork broth you'll find, this bowl of ramen also comes with black garlic oil. It's fatty and decadent and something you should try at least once.
Ramen Yamadaya, 1728 Buchanan, SF. www.ramen-yamadaya.com
BEEF PHO ROLLS, $8
Swing by this happening Vietnamese cafe for weekend brunch and don't pass up these rolls of tender rice noodles (made fresh!) with ground beef and Thai basil inside.
Rice Paper Scissors, 1710 Mission, SF. www.ricepaperscissors.com
CHINESE MAI TAI, $9
Nothing says hot summer nights like a great big cup of "erase your brain."
Li po Lounge, 916 Grant, SF. www.lipolounge.com
OLD JERUSALEM HUMMUS, $7.50
Not only do you get a platter of pitch-perfect hummus, but you get a bowl of fluffy, warm pita — plus pickled beets, olives, a couple more dips, and some old-school charm.
Old Jerusalem, 2976 Mission, SF. (415) 642-5958
CANCUN SUPER NACHOS, $5.99
Sure, Taqueria Cancun's tortilla chips are notoriously meh, but the perennially popular spot loads so many toppings onto these overflowing nachos that you'll hardly notice. (You can add meat for $2.)
Taqueria Cancun, 2288 Mission, SF. (415) 252-9560
BISCUIT BENDER BISCUIT AND BUTTER, $3.50–$4
Take your pick of buttermilk biscuits, from double bacon-maple to cheddar to Mexican hot chocolate, and add on special butters like espresso butter, or bacon-bourbon jam.
Biscuit Bender, Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Ferry Building, SF. www.biscuitbender.com
BEST DAMN GRASS-FED CHEESEBURGER, $8.75; FRANKARONI $5
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