Lunch Spots in San Francisco - December 2013 Edition

I started my new gig at Marin Software about three weeks ago (which has been going great so far - blog post coming soon about that!) and thankfully, I have coworkers who like to eat and a great office location that is surrounded by a diversity of delicious food. The office is a few minutes away from the Ferry Building Marketplace, which I love and regularly frequent, even before I started working in SF. I thought it would be fun to start a series documenting my lunch trips around the area each month.

Here's a quick list of the new food and/or places that I've encountered, followed by reviews and photos: 

  • Out the Door @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
  • Gott's Roadside @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
  • Sanguchon Peruvian Food Truck @ MISSION ST, SF
  • Osha Thai @ EMBARCADERO, SF
  • Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
  • Tropisueño @ SoMA, SF
  • DELICA @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
  • The Toaster Oven @ FiDi, SF
Pork buns

Pork buns

Out the Door @ Ferry Building, SF

I had the pork bun and the meatball rice plate. The pork bun tasted good; it's different than the red colored pork buns I'm used to. The bun filling consisted of some pork, pickled vegetables and a light gravy. The dough was tasty. I don't think it was worth $3 but I was glad I tried it. The meatball rice plate was OK. It wasn't something that excited me and wasn't worth the price tag. The taste of the tomato sauce was too tangy. I've had Vietnamese meatballs growing up and this just didn't compare to the ones I'm used to at the hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese delis. 

Hoi-an meatballs

Hoi-an meatballs


Chocolate and vanilla swirl 

Chocolate and vanilla swirl 

Gott's Roadside @ Ferry Building, SF

I've been wanting to try this frozen yogurt for a while and am glad I finally did. It was tasty and had great quality using Straus Creamery milk.

BBQ pulled pork spare ribs with coleslaw and potato chips served on brioche bun.

BBQ pulled pork spare ribs with coleslaw and potato chips served on brioche bun.

One of the best alfajores I've had. 

One of the best alfajores I've had. 

Sanguchon Peruvian Food Truck @ Mission Street, SF

I had the BBQ pulled pork spare ribs with coleslaw and potato chips served on brioche bun. It was full of wonderful delicious things! The sauce is perfectly balanced between tangy and sweet, the pork was tender, and the coleslaw was nice. I liked the idea of potato chips served inside the sandwich but really wish they added more chips as I only had small broken pieces. I added an egg to my order and wished it was be a bit more runny but it was delicious nonetheless. 

I also had the alfajores (my favorite cookies) and they were one of the best that I've ever tasted. The perfect shortbread cookie texture and right amount of dulce de leche. I love them. 

Roasted duck, garlic & pepper kabocha squash served with pomegranate reduction

Roasted duck, garlic & pepper kabocha squash served with pomegranate reduction

Roasted duck baked in honey glaze served over steamed bok choy with spicy black soy dipping sauce

Roasted duck baked in honey glaze served over steamed bok choy with spicy black soy dipping sauce

Osha Thai @ Embarcadero, SF

On my second week of work, we had a large marketing team holiday lunch at Osha Thai. My goodness, we had so much food; I was in heaven as the appetizers kept coming out one after another. Instead of ordering individual plates, a group of us who sat together decided to do it family style, so among the 6 to 7 of us, we were able to taste a wider variety of things. I won't go through each food dish we had but of what we ordered, the outstanding dishes were the following: 

The pomegranate roasted duck was beyond delicious, served over a nice mashed kabocha - these flavors all went very nicely together.

The honey roasted duck was nicely done, great layer of skin and just so rich in flavor. The fried sticky rice went well with the duck and was different in a good way. I could've passed on the bokchoy as it was simply boiled and bland.  

Some honorable mentions are their curry samosas, bacon wrapped scallops, crab fried rice and kobe beef entree. I would skip out on the papaya shrimp salad (I really disliked this) and fresh spring rolls as the majority said that "it tasted like nothing". 

Wagon wheel, ricotta, pancetta grilled cheese.

Wagon wheel, ricotta, pancetta grilled cheese.

Inside the grilled cheese. 

Inside the grilled cheese. 

Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick @ Ferry Building, SF

I ordered the mouthwatering grilled cheese with wagon wheel, fresh ricotta, and pancetta. The entire combination was delicious. It's probably one of the best grilled cheeses I've had. The pancetta was nice and thick. The butter pickles were wonderful - sweet and tart. 

Al pastor and barbacoa mole plate.

Al pastor and barbacoa mole plate.

Tropisueño @ SoMA, SF

I love Tropisueño's food a lot. I have been here for dinner and it soon became one of my favorite Mexican joints because they have such great spices and flavors, especially in their mole! The best part about the mole plates during lunch is you get to choose any two meats to mix with the mole; I had the amazing al pastor, which is cooked with the traditional pineapple, and the barbacoa, slow-cooked meat, which was so tender and perfectly seasoned. The plate all together was delicious and I enjoyed their superb salsa bar. 

Crab croquettes.

Crab croquettes.

Soybean salad, rice, crab croquette, roast beef roll. 

Soybean salad, rice, crab croquette, roast beef roll. 

DELICA @ Ferry Building, SF

The food is simple, healthy (depending on what you order), and delicious. It's pretty much Japanese soul-food but with some fantastic salads like their soybean, edamame, and nori salad. Had the crab croquettes and it was very tasty. I also got their roast beef roll to try and while it was good, I wouldn't get it again because I wasn't too crazy about it. It was a bit expensive for such small amounts and too heavy on the rice portion. Despite the prices, I would go back and would love to try the rest of their offerings. 

The Toaster Oven @ FiDi, SF

I didn't take a photo of the sandwich I had but their sandwiches are comparable to the taste of Quiznos sandwiches. I wasn't a fan of this place; it's too basic and the bread was lifeless. The positive is that it's quick service. 

 

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