20th Century Café
Eastern European-inspired baked goods, soups, and salads in a sweet, sun-drenched corner spot in the Hayes Valley neighborhood make this a favorite solo lunch (or coffee) spot. Watch as vintage-dressed bakers roll out house-made knish, and slice their celebrated 12-layer Russian honey cake.
A much-loved establishment in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district, a couple of blocks from the deservedly famous bakery of the same name. Don’t miss the smoked potatoes with black garlic, or house-fermented sodas such as fig leaf, tarragon whey, rose and lemon.
This place will change everything you thought you knew about Thai food. Open for lunch and dinner in the unassuming base of the Parc 55 hotel in downtown San Francisco, Pim Techamuanvivit and her talented crew make food that sings with colour, flavour and heart. Order a Bangkok posh salad, or tofu khao soi with curry broth, mustard greens, and egg noodles.
A sister establishment to much-lauded State Bird Provisions. If you can’t get a reservation at either, snag a seat at the Progress bar, near its big window, for A+ people watching and a robust bar menu. Double down on the ‘Everything’ roti with smoked soubise, vinegared summer squash and herbs.
Located in the financial district, not far from Union Square, Native Co is know for juices, but it’s also a great place for a quick, healthy lunch. Think quinoa, soba noodles, avocado toast, and kale salads. Order at the counter and take a seat, or grab some of the pre-made salads before you hop on a flight.
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