How do you rate restaurants on Value for Money? Each person has their own interpretation of monetary value and how that relates to eating out. That's your business, just as TipTop Food's business is rating restaurants on their real and perceived value by culling through and presenting information that will help you make good decisions. At the end of the meal its really about whether or not you felt you got your mouth's worth.
If you'd like to see what the professionals say about cheap eats you can buy the latest Zagat's San Francisco Dining Deals guide or check out last years Bay Area Bites Bargan Bites 2008 list.
If you like to see what experts like you say, just check out TipTop Food's Value for Money restaurant list below:
#1 Red Lotus in Portola Valley (Chinese): "Prices are very Portola Valley but the dishes are quite tasty!" Find them on TipTop Food.
#2 Super Taqueria in Morgan Hill (Restaurants): "Quality Taste at a Reasonable Price — and Consistency!" Find them on TipTop Food.
#3 Hong Woo Chinese Restaurant in San Bruno (Chinese): "wallet-friendly prices which makes you happy and good portion sized food which makes you full." Find them on TipTop Food.
#4 Simply Vietnam in Santa Rosa (Vietnamese): "The staff is totally awesome and helpful, the prices are pretty darn cheap, and the atmosphere is pleasant, often with Warriors/Giants/A's games on their wall mounted flat screen." Find them on TipTop Food.
#5 Al Castello Ristorante and Pizzeria in Campbell (Pizza): "It's a family place, and they give you rustic, unpretentious Italian food at good prices." Find them on TipTop Food.
#6 Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine in Gilroy (Thai): "Since they were so much into healthy meals and diet and exercise, I knew they would love to see the beautiful variety on the menu." Find them on TipTop Food.
#7 Meza Taqueria in Hayward (Mexican): "It's my favorite in terms of food quality and flavor, and the burritos are indeed huge– BIG AS YOUR HEAD." Find them on TipTop Food.
#8 Petaluma Market in Petaluma (Grocery): "So yeah… there food is fancy. But it's really not that expensive. I spend as much here as I do at anywhere else I eat only the food is organic." Find them on TipTop Food.
#9 Yiassoo in Campbell (Greek And Mediterranean): "At Yiassoo you don't pay much for any of their dishes, but you get great tastes and quick service." Find them on TipTop Food.
#10 Coffee Mine in San Francisco (Cafe) "The prices are super reasonable, I'd even say cheap, for the amount of good food you get. But what really puts it over the top is the service." Find them on TipTop Food.
#11 Shiraz in San Ramon (Persian Iranian): "There was so much food, we each took our leftovers home." Find them on TipTop Food.
#12 Opa in San Jose (Greek And Mediterranean): "The restaurant is absolutely beautiful. It is much nicer than you would expect from somewhere so reasonably priced." Find them on TipTop Food.
#13 Super Burger in San Leandro (Fast Food): "Excellent Value! Friendly Service! Big selection, reasonable prices." Find them on TipTop Food.
#14 El Herradero Restaurant in San Francisco (Mexican): "A definitely mid-afternoon treat on a budget with true Mission flavor." Find them on TipTop Food.
#15 Umi Sushi in San Rafael (Sushi): "He does the sushi, she does the kitchen. They make everything from scratch, from their noodles to their ice cream, and it's all really tasty! The prices are pretty average." Find them on TipTop Food.
Here's how to participate in TipTop Eats on the Cheap challenge:
A. Become a TipTop Fan on Facebook and participate in the TipTop Eats on the Cheap event. Or…
B. Respond with a comment to this blog post sharing the name and location of the restaurant you think is a good value for the money and why.
Next Friday March 6th, check out the TipTop fan page on Facebook or the TipTop blog to see how your choice compares with all the other restaurants rated Value for Money on TipTop Food.
The TipTop Team:)