In tech-boom San Francisco, a formal lunch can come at a steep financial cost. But the city has plenty of casual spots serving delicious midday meals at prices that won’t bust your budget—even if you aren’t long on Facebook stock. To whet your appetite, here are five favorites with lunch options for $12 and under. delicious restaurant deals
4505 Burgers & BBQ
One of the many hearty specialties at this top-notch smokehouse is listed on the menu as the "Best Damn Grass Fed Cheeseburger." We’re not going to argue. But we’ll tell you a bit more. 4505 Burgers & BBQ's burger is a quarter-pounder, fat and juicy, and it comes with lettuce, onion, Gruyère, and a “secret sauce” that tastes a lot like Thousand Island dressing. It’s delicious and indulgent, but don’t let that stop you from adding bacon to it. While you’re at, maybe also a fried egg? 705 Divisadero St.
As the name suggests, the focus at this bustling counter-service joint is chicken. Specifically, fried chicken—coated in batter spiked with berbere (an Ethiopian spice mix that includes chiles, fenugreek, and ginger), adorned with celery, house-made apple slaw, mayo, and pickles, and bedded on a freshly baked bun. Not bad for an $8 sandwich. If you splurge, you can also get that same fried chicken on a salad with a side of curly fries and a soda or beer. But there’s not a whole lot more to the menu. The Bird does a few things, and it does them very well. 115 New Montgomery St.