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Asian is a pretty broad category for Burma Superstar to be competing in, but I wouldn't just vote for it as the best Asian - it's arguably my favorite restaurant all around. It qualifies as a cheap eat/budget spot on price, but it's huge on flavor. The space is small so there is almost always a wait, but they take your phone number and will call your cell (so you can go down the street and grab a drink at one of the many area pubs). When you get there, just walk past the crowd and find the sign up sheet and add your name to it (you don't have to wait for a person to come help you). My favorite dish is the vegetarian version of the Rainbow Salad. I strongly recommend it. When they say "spicy" on the menu, they mean it, so be aware as you are ordering. The Samosa soup is another good bet (that one is spicy)Parking is a pain in this area, so best to take transit.
I've never lived in the Southwest. I'm no expert in proper New Mexican cuisine. But I have friends who know their green chile cuisine (and miss it from days of living in the Southwest) who have told me this is as authentic as it gets. All I know is it's good. I'm a huge fan of their tamales -- I could easily make a meal out of the appetizer order. The space is small; you order at a counter and then grab a table (so not a fine dining establishment with tables and waitstaff) but it's cute and friendly. And did I mention tasty? This is in my neighborhood and a favorite with the local crowd -- probably a bit unheard of elsewhere since it's off the beaten path. But it's worth a visit if you are ever around the Panhandle -- or even worth going out of your way for. I'd say it ranks as number 1 on my list of bargain eats in the city.
Chicago-style deep-dish pizza isn't for everyone. It's thick and doughy and cheesy - a heart attack in the making. And understandably not for everyone. But for those of us who grew up in the Midwest and have a fond spot for the greasy goodness of a piece of pie that can fill you up with one slice, this is the sliggety spot for you. The sauce is great (not something California pizza places in general excel at), the crust is buttery and crisp and the toppings are fresh. One slice and I'm full, but I love it. They do have thin crust options if you aren't into the deep-dish (though I've never tried it); and of course salads, breadsticks and other traditional Italian fare.
johannahoadley has not cast any votes in the 2017 Bay Area A-List.