I searched out China Town and the surrounding area. The locals warned me to stay away from the empty places. Most of the places at 3pm in China Town were empty. I stumbled upon the Golden Horse and was going to go in but the place was packed and while a perused their menu a tour bus filled with people showed up. I tried their lunch the next day. Atmosphere was casual. Tables had lazy susans in the center of the tables and the waitress would bring a dish place it on the susan and the occupants of the table would turn and take what they wanted. Portions are a plenty and the quality of food is wicked good. I had the Kung Pao Chicken, with white rice and egg rolls.. Highly recommend this establishment.
Tucked away amidst the freeway overpass and a commercial district, Food Co in San Francisco is a find. It caters mostly to the neighborhoods of SoMa and the Mission, and stock lots of mexi-ethnic foods. They run a great weekly ad and a no frills shopping enviroment. Still, the prices are hard to beat, and the produce is fresh and abundant. I shop here monthly, and its a gem in a city full of yuppy grocery shopping. A friend who recently experienced FoodCo with me was not only thrilled with the prices, but the locatiion as well. The parking can get a little tight, but that speaks to its popularity. Its like an indoor farmers market.
This is not your average corner store -- Saba, the owner, has an eye for a good deal when it comes to wine. You will find a nice bottle here for dinner at home or when you need to bring something special to a party and not be disappointed. The place is immaculately clean which is all thanks to Saba ... it was nasty before he took over. Not the spot to do your everyday groceries of course but great for booze plus soft drinks, snacks & treats. They have frozen dinners, pet food, ready-made sandwiches, and the basic grocery store items. I'm very lucky to have one of the best corner stores in the city on my block!