Here’s your plan for next Saturday or Sunday: Head to the Contemporary Jewish Museum downtown to check out a very interesting home-and-design exhibit, and make sure you leave room for lunch at Wise Sons’ museum outpost. The Jewish deli has a full restaurant in the Mission and very fittingly opened a branch at the museum in early 2014. Same food options, same deliciousness. I am not a big reuben fan, but Wise Sons’ version of the sandwich is excellent. You can choose from pastrami (which I tried, and is reportedly rubbed with coriander and black pepper and then smoked over hickory for seven hours), corned beef, smoked turkey or even a veggie option (done with king trumpet mushrooms). Even the standard turkey sandwich was amazing. Pickled red onions hit the spot and dressed it up. Wise Sons also serves De La Paz coffee, made practically down the street on Mission.
I’d love to go back to try the grilled cheese (made with cheddar on challah, whoa) and matzo ball soup.
I kind of feel like I cheated on my own neighborhood gem of a cafe when I went to Jane this past weekend and – gasp – liked it better.
But Jane really has it all. Stumptown coffee, unique fresh baked treats, breakfast sandies, plenty of lunch options, really cool black-and-white striped table tops, awesome location. Just one of those places.
I discovered Clare’s on New Year’s Day, when many of my other sandwich haunts were closed. I’m glad I did – it’s a really charming spot two blocks from Dolores Park (ideal for grabbing picnic items) that serves solid sandwiches (pulled pork, french dip, deli-style, tuna melt, you name it). Love the decor inside and really enjoyed the bourbon BBQ chicken sandwich, though the other one we tried (a basic turkey sandy with all the works on whole wheat) wasn’t anything to write home about. Also, check out the revolutionary hybrid dessert they had on Wednesday: brownie waffle.
You might not want to think about the wooly pig that gave its life to make your Wooly Pig Cafe sandwich, but it tastes good enough to make you forget.
Wooly Pig Cafe is an adorable sandwich shop in the Inner Sunset/upper Haight-ish area. Their main thing is sandwiches, many with an Asian tilt – i.e. Asian tuna sandwich (lime wasabi tuna salad, fresh avocado, red onions, tomatoes, mayo & sriracha aioli on french roll) or the signature Wooly Pig (shanghai style braised pork belly, organic mizuna greens & pickled shallots on toasted challah roll), among others. They also do custom cold cuts sandwiches and specials, if the above options aren’t your thing. But they should be. The Asian tuna sandwich is really fresh, not too much tuna and the Wooly Pig tastes like the sandwich version of a Chinese pork bun. The challah bun really makes it. My recommendation: Do as I did, get a few sandwiches to go, grab some beer or wine from the market next door and have yourself a picnic at not-too-far-away Ocean Beach.
I was in Dana Point this weekend, enjoying all the sun, beach and food that Southern California has to offer. Grabbed some very simple but great breakfast at Orange Inn in Laguna Beach, per multiple friends’ recommendations. Basic beachy breakfast done well. I had avocado toast with poached eggs + great salsa and a delicious berry/banana/date/bee pollen smoothie. According to the restaurant’s website, it was established in 1931 and claims to be the first juice bar in California. Pretty neat.
Orange Inn // 703 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
Every hood needs a good butcher. Noe Valley’s is definitely Drewes Meats on Church Street. They have endless local meat cuts, much of it from local farms, as well as Drewes’ own sausages, bacon and fish. It’s a totally old school San Francisco spot (the original store opened in 1889) with great service, reasonable prices and high-quality foods. I picked up a few sausages (chicken, garlic, basil; chicken apple; mini breakfast sausages) and some Wild King salmon the other day and was a happy camper. They also make sandwiches, which I’m dying to go back and try.
Hazel’s Kitchen in Portero Hill has got to be one of the cuter lunch spots in the city. Tiffany blue cupboards, black and white checkboard tile floors, delicious and fresh sandwiches, two doors down from a great coffee spot and public parklet, outdoor seating…what more could you ask for? I stopped in today for a tofu melt. Don’t judge a book by its cover – I promise it was delicious despite its lack of meat. Melted provolone, pieces of tofu, some cucumber, mixed greens, all smothered in pesto ailoi.