By the time you pay for tickets, parking, and popcorn at AT&T Park, you might not have much left for a hot dog and a soda, let alone a good square meal. Fortunately, the neighborhoods around the stadium are home to some very fine, reasonably priced restaurants. Here are a few suggestions for budget-minded outposts where you can fuel up before or after the game. (Area code is 415.)
The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen You can get a really basic sandwich with sourdough and cheddar, or a more high-minded one like the Foghorn Leghorn, with roasted chicken, creamy Havarti, Point Reyes blue cheese, and arugula on artisan whole wheat. 1 South Park Ave., Ste. 103-A, 243-0107, theamericansf.com.
Marlowe A bustling California bistro boasts a welcoming bar and a house burger (with caramelized onions, bacon, cheddar, and horseradish aioli) that has a well-deserved cult following around town. 330 Townsend St., Ste. 101, 974-5599, marlowesf.com.
Turtle Tower This top-notch Vietnamese joint is best known for its pho (a beefy noodle soup), but the banh mi sandwiches (with your choice of grilled meat) are also hard to beat. 501 Sixth St., 904-9888, turtletowersf.com.
Do you know of any great cheap eats around AT&T Park? Let us know!
This blog post was first published in March 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.