Let's do lunch:
It's worn and tiny, but the handmade dumplings make you feel huge inside. SF Weekly restaurant critic Meredith Brody recommends the Shanghai soup dumplings, scallion pancake, and cucumber salad at Kingdom of Dumplings, 1713 Taraval (at 27th Ave.), 566-6143.
It's a lot classier than a Chevys, you don't have to deal with quesadilla-eating 7-year-olds, and happy-hour prices make it strip-mall cheap. Score complimentary botanas and $5 drink specials (including margaritas, mojitos, and well drinks) at Maya, 303 Second St. (at Folsom), 543-2928), 4-7 p.m.
It's sweaty and divey, with a whiff of Parisian garret and an even stronger whiff of pee outside on the Stockton Tunnel steps. Score $6 drink specials at Tunnel Top, 601 Bush (at Stockton), 722-6620), all night. Cash only.