Staying in the Union Square area means you're assured hefty meal prices, with mixed quality. The Cozy Cable Car Cafe on Powell was the closest we came to a neighborhood restaurant during our brief stay in the area. We had their cottage cheese-berry crepe and it was excellent. Their prices were comparable or a little lower than some of the other more stodgy options, and there are free refills on the excellent French Roast coffee. We would have loved the berry mixture to have been warmed with the cheese, but other than that had a lovely breakfast.