Cheap eats: Sheng Kee Bakery and Cafe
You know those pre-packaged, triangular cut tuna sandwiches they sell at Starbucks for $5 bucks or so? Well you can get pretty much thesame thing for $1.85 at either of the two Sheng Kee Bakery Cafes on Irving Street in the Inner Sunset, both just a couple blocks from some prime picnic areas in Golden Gate Park.
And I say pretty much the same thing because the Starbuck-style sammies here are actually better. The dense white bread is baked fresh in-house every day, as are dozens of other baked goods, many of which will give you second thoughts about bothering with something so prosaic as a tuna sandwich, even at a bargain price.
For under two bucks a pop, you should definitely branch out and try some of Sheng Kee’s fun, fusion items, which combine elements of Chinese dim sum, American fast food, and French pastry technique: the bacon and green onion bun, tomato pastry, Hawaiian ham-cheese-and-pineapple bun, and curry beef donut are savory faves.
The cafes are clean and bright with plenty of mysteriously underutilized seating (Most customers take their goodies to go). In a city where food prices are often sky high, this is a go-to lunch oasis.