20 cheap eats for under $20 in San Francisco
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14. Prime Rib Shabu( Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times )
A steamy cauldron of soup bubbles at each table inside Prime Rib Shabu, a hot-pot style restaurant in the Inner Richmond neighborhood, not far from Golden Gate Park. Shabu shabu is the Japanese equivalent of Chinese hot-pot cooking. It can spark an evening's entertainment, because you and your dining companions cook on a hotplate at your table, sort of like a fondue party with veggies.
Our server advised us to order a set dinner, so we split a hand-cut rib-eye ($18.95). Then he brought us broth and a bountiful basket full of leafy greens that included Napa cabbage, lettuce and watercress. They quickly melted in the hot broth to make an aromatic and savory soup. The next step was to dip the strips of raw meat into the soup. In less than a minute, the strips were tender and tasty. A fun and interesting dinner — and a good way to take the chill off a foggy San Francisco day.