20 cheap eats for under $20 in San Francisco
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19. R-Image Deli( Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times )
A large hand-drawn sketch of a sandwich hangs alongside neon beer signs on the front window of R-Image Deli in the Mission District.
This tiny corner market-cum-liquor store and deli is a favorite cheap-eats stop for Jennifer Newsom, wife of the mayor. She loves the deli's falafel wraps, a spicy, healthy and hearty sandwich that is prepared to order at the counter. The shop makes its own hummus and tahini sauce, manager Joseph Jada said as he whipped up a couple of sandwiches. A few other wraps and sandwiches are available too, but the specialty here is falafel.
The sandwich, which can weigh more than a pound, wins our award for biggest (literally) deal in the city. At $4.50 each, R-Deli's falafel wraps are a super buy. Eat half for lunch and half for dinner and you'll still be full.