My last post talked about Vietnamese dining options near the museum. But of course there are other cuisines nearby. I still think the number one choice for lunch time dining is right inside the museum at Café Asia. But here are some other choices if you find yourself leaving the museum and wanting to have lunch or an early dinner near the museum.
Ananda Fuara vegetarian restaurant on Market St. is hardly a well kept secret and I certainly do not want to add to the peak lunchtime wait for a table, but if you have not tried the amazing “neatloaf” (yes it starts with an N) you are truly missing out. Do not be put off by the fact that the restaurant is run by students of Sri Chimnoy – everyone working there is super professional.
A bit of a walk over to Van Ness is one of the local Indian chains, Naan N Curry, if you are short of time they have a lunch buffet. I prefer to order off the menu and go with a group so you can have a real feast.
Another place where you will have to line up to get in is the cozy Brenda’s French Soul Food on Polk St. Here you will find traditional French and Creole soul food such as a tasty shrimp po’boy or some delectable beignets – worth the wait!
Speaking of soup, Hai Ky Mi Gia, is Vietnamese/Chinese noodles at its best. Not a lot of atmosphere, but authentic. The braised duck leg noodle soup is yummy.
If you want some quick Mexican food the Los Compadres taco truck is parked at Polk and Hayes. The carnitas taco is delicious (lunch only M-F) .
Showdogs is new to Market St. (near Taylor and Sixth streets – be warned you will get an eyeful walking over), across from the Golden Gate Theater. The menu of a dozen or so hot dogs and sausages cull the best from Bay Area producers.
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