Yamo: Cheap Burmese Food in the Mission
3406 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
M-Th: 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
F-Sa: 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Look carefully or you may just miss the faded awning that houses this narrow rectangle of a space. Based on a recommendation by the San Francisco Chronicle’s annual Bargain Bites survey, I headed over to confirm if this was a real bargain or not.
Yes, folks, this is a dirt cheap bargain. For $5.25 an entree, and $3.50 for appetizers, you get made-to-order cooking as you sit at the tiny counter and wait (and wait, and wait) for the 1-2 women to stir up yummy Burmese dishes. Don’t forget to order the tea salad (it’s got some kick to it), and a curry noodle dish or two.
Make sure you come with only 1-2 other people, so your party can be rightly seated next to each other. And make sure you are patient. My party of 3 arrived for lunch and watched as 1 woman worked “in the zone” as chef, waitress, busboy, takeout order taker, and cashier during the lunchtime rush. (I was better able to empathize with my mom’s multi-tasking efforts.) It was about 30 minutes before she even asked what we wanted to order. But that’s ok. We’re not here for ambience. We were here for the grub.