What do spaghetti and meatballs, Thai noodles with chicken and shrimp, salads in three sizes, and big burgers have in common? They're all on the eclectic comfort-food menu here, and all are made with sustainable ingredients yet offered at unbeatable prices. This neighborhood standby is also known for its desserts: the fresh-baked pies and ginger cake with pumpkin ice cream are among the standouts. Kids get their own menu. In cool weather fires roar in the dining-room fireplaces;
in warm weather, the outdoor tables are the place to be. There's another Chow in the Castro neighborhood. You can call ahead to put your name on the waiting list.