20 cheap eats for under $20 in San Francisco
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9. Utopia Café( Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times )
If you're searching for utopia, you'll find it on a side street in Chinatown. Utopia Café may be an odd name for a neighborhood Chinese restaurant, but it's appropriate in a global sort of way: great food, quiet location, rock-bottom prices and a squeaky-clean environment.
This 12-table restaurant offers a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of its colorful neighborhood. You'll have to search a bit because it's tucked away, but it's worth the effort.
The menu offers dozens of items, from $4.25 for two egg rolls to $12.95 for a whole chicken. But the real deal is the special lunch or dinner. You'll pay $9.95 for hot and sour soup, egg roll, vegetable fried rice and a choice of entrees, such as sweet and sour pork or vegetables with beef, a veritable feast of fresh and flavorful ingredients.