Who better to tap for tips on where to find great food around the Bay Area than our own CBS 5 TV staff? From interns, to news anchors, and even to the General Manager and President of CBS 5, we’ve got your best bets on inexpensive faves all around the Bay Area.
475 Gate 5 Rd
Sausalito, CA 94965
KPIX 6pm and 10pm news anchor Dana King loves Anchorage 5 in sunny Sausalito. This fun diner is just across the street from Dana’s art studio, and the perfect place for a hearty meal under $10.
Dana’s fave: corned beef hash with two poached eggs, over-medium.
El Charro Mexican Dining
3339 Mt Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA 94549
Around for decades, El Charro has been a Lafayette family favorite for decades. In fact, our own CBS 5 morning and noon anchor, Frank Malicoat has been going since he was a boy, growing up down the road in Orinda. Huge and traditional Mexican dishes are served up, all for around $10.
Frank’s fave: Chili Reneno, enjoyed on the patio
John’s Snack and Deli
40 Battery St
(between Bush St & Pine St)
San Francisco, CA 94104
Kimchee burittos, marinated short-ribs, and a fried egg over rice can all be found at this small convenience store just steps from our studios. It might not look like much, but John’s is a Financial District insider’s secret. With creative menu items all inspired by the tastes of Korea, Grace recommends you swing by for lunch on the early side, as they can sell out.
Grace’s pick: Spam (yep!) and rice wraped in seaweed
611 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
401 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
When he’s hungry for spicy food, head honcho Ron Longinotti head’s to Red Crawfish. The owner, a member of the SFPD by day, couldn’t find real Cajun crawfish in San Francisco. So he opened Red, and with most items under $10, they serve up cajun-Asian fusion in two Bay Area locations.
Ron’s fave: the Crawfish Special for two, at $12.99
We also checked in with the CBS 5 team of hard-working interns where they go for a cheap bite to eat. Check-out their wallet-friendly recommendations, and bon appetite!
Creperie Saint Germain
222 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
1 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
1601 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Intern Shab loves this downtown street food creperie because of it’s large portions on a dime. Try the delish buckwheat crepes, for a taste of sophistication without breaking the bank.
7160 Regional St.
Dublin, CA 94568
4233 Rosewood Dr.
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Café Tapioca has a wide variety of boba teas, coming in many different flavors. They also have tasty food at reasonable prices. With a fun and colorful atmosphere, it’s a great place to hang out with friends or just relax alone. Intern Charlie’s favorites are the Coconut Milk Tea and the scrumptious butterfly shrimp.
643 Clay St
San Francisco, CA 94111
Munchboxx is Intern Spencer’s favorite pick because it is a local business that puts a unique twist on everyday foods at an affordable price. With tons of food in every order, Spencer is stuffed and ready for another day in the newsroom. The fresh and healthy salad bar is just $6.50 a pound, but should you wish to go in another direction, Munchboxx offeres a pulled pork sandwich on a croissant.
Na Ya Dessert House
5338 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
Intern Prang loves Na Ya Dessert House because it’s a real Asian sweet treat (they serve Japanese, Taiwanese, and of course, Thai dessert which is hard to find in the US). At just 10 dollars for two desserts and a drink, Na Ya is affordable, plus they have a pleasant environment with great service.
2132 Oxford Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Cinnaholic is a delicious dessert/snack restaurant for vegans and non-vegans. They serve up traditional cinnamon rolls, as well as offer fun specialty rolls where one can choose from an array of frosting flavors and toppings. Intern Kate-Marie loves that she can invent her own cinnamon roll, without the guilt.
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