20 cheap eats for under $20 in San Francisco
Image 26 of 41
13. Quan Bac( Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times )
Sara Le loves San Francisco — and she loves cooking for San Franciscans, she said. That's why the Vietnamese woman opened Quan Bac, her 15th restaurant in the city by the bay.
Le, who immigrated to the U.S. 20 years ago, has spent the last two decades working toward her goal — owning a dining room like Quan Bac. Unlike her earlier restaurants, which were small, Quan Bac can serve 155 diners.
Le opened the pretty dining room a little more than a year ago, serving French-style Vietnamese food and doing most of the cooking herself. Service is attentive, the portions are generous and the ambiance is tranquil. The location, near Golden Gate Park, makes it an easy, pleasant stop for tourists.
The menu has more than 100 items; we enjoyed the mixed vegetable soup ($13.95) and chicken cabbage salad ($7.95).