Another List We Don’t Quite ‘Get’

A couple days ago, we expressed our puzzlement over Gridskipper’s list of restaurants that constitute the “San Francisco diet.” Now, we get word of RealTravel’s Top Ten Affordable Restaurants in San Francisco. The criteria–only described as “affordable”–is a bit murky. Are these restaurants that present a superior value for the quality of food received? Are they budget destinations?

Here’s the list:

1. Park Chow
2. Taqueria Cancun
3. Magnolia
4. Shangri-La
5. Sparky’s

The next five, along with our additions, coming up post-jump.

6. Seniore’s Pizza
7. PJ’s Oysterbed
8. Buca Di Beppo
9. Ali Baba’s Cave Cafe
10. All You Knead

Our reactions: first of all, there is no way that a chain like Buca Di Beppo should be on any “Best Of” list, especially with the wealth of ethereal–and cheap–Italian eateries in San Francisco. If it’s bargain Italian that you want, check out Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack, Il Borgo or Zuppa instead.

We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention the great host of Italian delis and sandwich places, like A.G. Ferrari Foods and Molinari Delicatessen.

Also, Vietnamese restaurants are one of the best places to eat for practically nothing. For bahn mi, we love Saigon Sandwiches; for pho and the like, you can’t beat Turtle Tower Restaurant.

Rounding out our cheap eats rec’s: House of Nanking, Tajine and Pork Store Cafe.

RealTravel Reveals Top Ten Affordable Restaurants in San Francisco [eMediaWire]

Another List We Don’t Quite ‘Get’