Recession Obsession

Readers with roots on both coasts may know about Gray’s Papaya, the Manhattan hot dog chain with the famously cheap “recession special,” two dogs and a drink for, up until recently, $3.50. It’s as much of a staple to many Manhattanites as the El Farolito burrito is to Mission dwellers.

Call it coincidence, then, that just a couple days after we heard Gray’s would be jacking up the price of its famed deal, we heard of another joint offering its own Recession Special, a bit closer to home. Travel site Mapplr has blog entry up about Potrero Hill’s Axis Cafe, which is offering a much more San Francisco-oriented deal of a half-sandwich, soup, and small salad, for $9. Not exactly change for a five, but still, you could eat lunch for plenty more in this town. And as former Potrero Hill workers ourselves, we know how easy it is to overdose on JB’s Place.

San Francisco lunch favorites: Recession special at Axis Cafe hits the spot [Mapplr]
El Farolito [MenuPages]
Axis Cafe [MenuPages]
Axis Cafe [Official Site]
JB’s Place [MenuPages]

[Photo: Gray’s Papaya in the West Village, via irina slutsky/flickr]

Recession Obsession