In March, I went out to six delicious lunch trips (but I'm only going to mention five here - the sixth one deserves its own special post). Patrick and I have been making too much food at home, so I've been enjoying that instead of eating out during lunch. Here's a quick list of the new food and/or places that I've encountered, followed by reviews and photos:
- Halal Cart @ FiDi, SF
- Wine Merchant @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
- Cowgirl Creamery's Sidekick @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
- La Fusion @ FiDi, SF
- The Sandwich Stand @ FiDi, SF
Halal Cart @ FiDi, SF
I have been wanting to try out the Halal Cart. Halal carts are most popular in NYC and because I missed my opportunity to try it while visiting NYC, I am glad that a version of this cart has made its way into San Francisco. My coworkers and I went to check it out and arrived around noon time. There were about 6 people ahead of us. The order fulfillment was fairly quick. I ordered the Halal rice plate with chicken. The chicken was moist and served over a nice amount of buttery rice. The white sauce amplified this dish to the next level - the creamy goodness consists of mayo, sour cream, Greek yogurt, some acidity and seasoning. The dish was very comforting. This is a definite favorite - I will be back here soon.
Wine Merchant @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
On a beautiful sunny day in early March, a couple of us decided to enjoy a nice glass of wine accompanied by Boccalone charcuterie and pate served with Acme bread. It was simple and a nice way to celebrate a Friday, especially before we headed off to watch the Janelle Monae free concert sponsored by Salesforce over at Justin Herman Plaza. The concert was awesome - loved her energy and voice.
Cowgirl Creamery's Sidekick @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
I was in need of a quick lunch, so I made my way over to the Ferry Building as I often do. Rushing through the building and scanning to see what would catch my attention. I ended up choosing a Mt. Tam cheese, ham and grain mustard sandwich on a Acme bun - all of my favorite things! While this is something I'd make myself, it really hit the spot and I was satisfied.
La Fusion @ FiDi, SF
La Fusion makes really good freakin' roasted chicken. My coworkers and I wanted to have a nice lunch out of the office and this was the perfect spot. We were seated immediately upon arriving around noon. The service was attentive and the food arrived in a reasonable time. We had an order of the yucca fries to share that came with a small bed of pickled cabbage salad, along with three dipping sauces. The yucca was good but left more to be desired given the price. I ordered the quarter roasted chicken with a preference for dark meat. It was incredible - super moist, seasoned simply and beautifully. As a side, I had the truffled mac & cheese, which I was not a big fan of because the cheese was too smokey and the truffle oil just didn't jive with this dish as a whole; I could not handle the smell combo. That chicken alone makes me look forward to having more lunches here.
The Sandwich Stand @ FiDi, SF
If you have been reading my other lunch trip series, you probably picked up on my frustration in the lack of good Vietnamese food in the area. I was craving for a bánh mì, Vietnamese sandwich, and went to the corner food kiosk that I tried a couple of months ago when I had their five spice chicken over garlic noodles. This place sells out of their bánh mì quickly and I can see why. I had the bánh mì with ham; the bread was thick and toasty, and the ham portion was generous. I enjoyed their mayo, pickled vegetables and liver spread. It seems that they sell out approximately 45 minutes to an hour after 12pm, so jump on it - some sandwiches are popular than others!