Best Cheap Food in the Mission

December 9, 2014
by Zagat Staff

Here's the top rated $25-and-under restaurants in the Mission.

Tartine Bakery
Bakery · The Mission · $
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.7

"In a class by itself" for "sumptuous, buttery" specialties "fresh out of the oven" , this famed Mission bakery produces "last meal requests" including "spectacular pastries" ( "especially the morning buns" ), "the perfect croissant" , "spot-on delicious" hot-pressed sandwiches and "unmatched" country bread that quickly sells out; the cafe section’s "totally overcrowded" , "the wait can be grueling" and the "staff could be friendlier" , but "you’ll be amply rewarded."
Arizmendi Bakery
Bakery · The Mission · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.1

"Amazing" "fresh-out-of-the-oven" breads, "the best scones ever" and "tantalizing" pastries (including vegan/gluten-free "goodies" ) "tug at the heartstrings" of the socially conscious carb lovers drawn to these individually run "hippie-dippy" Bay Area bakeries; "there’s no decor" and only "limited" seating, but expect quick-moving "lines of people" queuing up for a cup of fair-trade "joe" and "generous slices" of daily vegetarian pizza that "never fails to be deliciously interesting."
Craftsman and Wolves
Pastry · The Mission · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

The "mind-blowing pastries" are a "feast for the eyes and taste buds" at these "ultrahip" patisseries from William Werner, where "totally fascinating" sweet and savory goods (the egg-in-a-muffin Rebel Within "is a revelation" ) are "curated" in "jewel-like" fashion; the "warehouse chic" surroundings are likewise "a total delight" , "but prepare to spend money."
La Taqueria
Mexican · The Mission · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.9

For over 40 years, this "true original" in the Mission has been churning out affordable, "delicious" Mexican meals including "awesome tacos" and burritos (they're "traditional" , so "they don't have rice" ); "seating is scarce" in the "no-frills" space, so prepare for "constant lines" – though the "speedy" counter staff keeps them moving.