July was a successful lunch month for both new discoveries and delicious eats. I enjoyed every dish I ate and would definitely recommend all of the places below.
Here's a quick list of the lunch spots I visited, followed by reviews and photos of what I ate:
Il Cane Rosso @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
- Muracci's Japanese Curry & Grill @ FiDi, SF
- DELICA @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
- Henry's Cafe & Deli @ FiDi, SF
- Creperie Saint Germain @ FiDi, SF
- Wise Sons Delicatessen @ FiDi, SF
- Sunrise Deli @ FiDi, SF
- Ramen Bar @ FiDi, SF
- Sushiritto @ FiDi, SF
- Senor Sisig @ FiDi, SF
Il Cane Rosso @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
Il Cane Rosso knows how to make some damn good sandwiches but the Pork Shoulder Sandwich is the one you want to make love to using your mouth. The slow-cooked pork shoulder tastes of beautiful rendered fat, making it tender and juicy. The pickled slaw adds a nice acidity and balances the meal. I always find arugula to be a nice addition - it gives it a nice refreshing crisp and peppery kick. I also had a side of their Heirloom Beet Salad - lovely beets and gem lettuces, nice subtle dressing that doesn't overpower the beets or veggies.
Let's not forget the Chocolate Chip Cookies. They cost $2.00 each and yes, I know it's pricey but damn... talk about some nice caramelized edges and overall chewy texture. If anyone wants to earn a place in my heart, bring me some of these cookies.
Muracci's Japanese Curry & Grill @ FiDi, SF
The husband and wife team behind this establishment makes their curry with homemade soup broth, in addition to local vegetables, herbs and spices, simmered for 20 hours to form a creamy and thick curry sauce that comforts the soul and satiates my appetite. I ordered the Katsu Curry and the pork was cooked perfectly - moist and juicy inside and fried to crunchy perfection outside. The pickled radishes on the side gives the dish a nice acidic brightness. Since I knew I'd be waiting for a bit, I ordered a Curry Pan (Japanese fry bread) filled with chicken and curry sauce - loved it. Overall, it's simple and delicious. Get there before noon to save yourself from waiting too long but know that once you're to the front, it takes about 10 minutes to get your order.
DELICA @ FERRY BUILDING, SF
I visit DELICA at least once a month - it's just so convenient and delicious. This time, I tried their bento sampler box and it was satisfying. If you're strapped for time and indecisive about what to eat, this option is great. I enjoyed every item in the bento but loved the meatballs the best.
Henry's Cafe & Deli @ FiDi, SF
This convenient store and deli is ran by two middle-aged Korean ladies. They specialize in Korean food but also offer sandwiches. I ordered the Hot Pastrami Sandwich on Rye. It was a simple sandwich but loaded with meat and very tasty. I can't wait to try out their Korean offerings on my next visit.
Creperie Saint Germain @ FiDi, SF
You are probably looking at this bad snapshot and thinking "What the hell is that?". I couldn't get a shot of the filling without compromising the photo but it's a crepe with cheese and a whole 'lotta ham! There's an egg that's cooked inside of the layers of the crepe, so when you order an egg as an extra topping, you should be aware that you're not getting a fried egg (which was what I was hoping for). While I felt that the egg was lost in between the soft layers of the crepe, it was still a very tasty crepe. I look forward to checking out their other options.
Wise Sons Delicatessen @ FiDi, SF
The Reuben Corned Beef Sandwich is out of this world. It's griddled with sauerkraut, swiss cheese and russian dressing on rye. The glistening juicy meat melts in your mouth when you take a bite into it. Their rye bread is made in house and is probably the best rye bread I've ever had. The Chopped Liver Sandwich is really good - if you're a liver fan you'll be happy. I also tried their Rugelach - it's crispy, flaky, and makes me want to order more. It is no surprise that when someone asks me to recommend a spot for lunch, I send them to Wise Sons. They're just so damn good at what they do!
Sunrise Deli @ FiDi, SF
In love with these flavorful falafels - they are very crispy outside, soft and fluffy inside, and extremely addicting. I got them right out of the deep fryer and the brown bag it came in was soaking and breaking in oil, so be sure to ask for a plastic bag if you're taking it to-go.
Ramen Bar @ FiDi, SF
The Shrimp & Crab Dumpling Ramen ($16) contains three pieces of shrimp and two lobster balls. I added on an order of eggs. The broth was flavorful, light and clean. I had to add in soy sauce because I prefer a saltier broth. It was tasty but I am sticking to their pork belly ramen option because I prefer a rich and fatty ramen. View my latest post on Ramen Bar here: The Ramen Bar.
Sushiritto @ FiDi, SF
I didn't give into this when it was trendy 4 years ago in 2010, but now that I've finally had it, I am a believer. The fish was fresh and tasty. The combinations were well thought-out. It's like a big hand-roll. If you have a friend, consider ordering different options and swapping the other half so you all can taste other varieties.
Photo above: Geisha’s Kiss ($11): Yellowfin Tuna (Hand-Line Caught), Tamago, Piquillo Peppers, Yuzu Tobiko, Lotus Chips, Namasu Cucumber, Butter Lettuce, Avocado w/Sesame White Soya
Photo below: The Satori ($12): Kampachi Sashimi (Kona White Fish), Cucumber, Pickled Red Onion, Sweet Corn, Red Tobiko, Avocado w/ Wasabi Mayo
Senor Sisig @ FiDi, SF
I haven't had these tacos since 2011. I had two orders of the Pork Sisig Tacos on 6" corn tortillas, topped with onions, lettuce & cilantro cream sauce. It was wonderful - I highly recommend it. I can only wish for chunks of pork fat. I got an order of the Ube Alfajores - they were delicate, buttery, and filled with purple yam. I think it's worth trying once; very unique spin on alfajores.
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