At Taqueria Cancun on Mission and 19th you can sit at a picnic table beneath the papel picado and enjoy a carne asada (grilled beef) super taco with onions, cilantro, salsa, cheese, avocado and sour cream, plus tortilla chips with two kinds of salsa and a fresh cantaloupe agua fresca, all for only five bucks.
Or for six bucks you could sit at the little counter at the hole-in-the-wall Yamo on 18th and dig into a Burmese tea leaf salad.
Or for a ten dollar treat there is the Peruvian Limon Rotisserie on South Van Ness where you can get a delicious half-chicken with three dipping sauces, yuca fries and a salad.
Now for something sweet there's Knead Patisserie on 24th at the back of Local: Mission Eatery where you can bite into the popular pomme d' amore, a creme brulee-like pastry.
Or a cookie from Anthony's on Valencia.
Or olive oil ice cream from Humphry Slocombe on Harrison.
Or a fresh juice or smoothie from Sidewalk Juice on 21st.
These are just a few of the inexpensive culinary delights in the Mission. I've mentioned some other places in previous posts, and still have many more to try...