Chorizo egg burrito

6 of the Best Cheap Eats in San Francisco

San Francisco is home to some of America’s finest restaurants, but it is also home to some of the cheapest and tastiest food as well. If you’re on a tight budget or you just want to grab a quick bite on the cheap, check out some of San Fran’s best cheap eats.

El Gallo Giro Truck

Chorizo egg burrito

Catch the Taco truck for some of the finest tacos in the Bay Area. One of the city’s better kept secrets is the El Gallo Giro truck which makes daily appearances off the 24th Street corridor.

For just a couple of dollars you can sample some of their delicious signature braised chicharrones taco or the expertly seasoned al pastor… and that’s before you even get to the delicious burritos!

HRD Coffee Shop

521 Third Street (and Bryant)

The HRD Coffee Shop is famous for their mouth watering Mongolian Beer Cheese Steak Sandwich. This little diner on 3rd street has been skyrocketed to fame by the Food Network and with good reason.

Friendly service and delicious cheap food are the backbone of this business which serves up everything from American classics to Chinese fare.

Arinell Pizza

509 Valencia (at 16th Street)

This is by the far the best place in the city to enjoy New York style pizza. Arinell Pizza is often over looked as just another pizza joint but this place really shines.

The dough is thin and the slices come in generous portions with properly molten cheese served direct from their hot ovens. East coast residents just love this place and with cheese slices at just $2.50 they are some of the cheapest eats around.

Mission Banh Mi

220 Mission (at 18th Street)

Enjoy huge mission-style Vietnamese sandwiches at the wonderful Mission Banh Mi every day at the Duc Loi market 11am till 7pm. Here is where some of the city’s heartiest sandwiches can be enjoyed from just $5 each.

These huge Vietnamese sandwiches give you more bang for your buck than almost any other eatery. Try the fried chicken sandwich or the authentic banh and you won’t be disappointed.

Los Panchos

3206 Mission Street (between Fair Ave and Valencia)

For a mere $4 you can enjoy a double order of pupusas, beans, cheese and your choice of meat with a pickled side of cabbage slaw. Opt for the rice and beans as an extra and we guarantee you’ll be taking half of your dinner home with you!

Go for the Salvadoreno specialty and enjoy cheese, beans, pork, jalapenos and chitarrones served in super size portions. Los Panchos is open till 4am at weekends.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

545 Haight (at Filmore) and 2832 Mission (24th St)

Rosamunde Sausage Grill is so much more than your typical meat in a bun fare. This joint has been serving delicious grilled sausage and craft beer since 1998 and now has 2 SF locations.

Try the delicious knockwurst, lamb or wild boar sausages and then pile your bun high with sauerkraut and rich, spicy mustard for a delicious and mouth watering delight.

You can choose your favorite dog for around $6 and then pop next door to enjoy some of the finest craft beers the city has to offer.

So those are our top 6 picks from the city. Do you have a favorite cheap eat in the city? Did we miss a hidden gem? We’d love to hear from you. Tell us all about it in the feedback box below.