When we discovered that our first full November day in San Francisco would reach an (for us at least) incredible 70 degrees, plans to check out some museums in SOMA were scrapped and we headed out to Golden Gate Park. A glorious morning and early afternoon of checking out the carousel, the conservatory, the Academy of Science, the Japanese gardens and Stoke Lake, earned our feed. After a meander down Irving, we returned to Lime Tree (near 11th) as we were both craving comfort food and knew it would be good.
As I mentioned, it was a warm and sunny day and we discovered that Lime Tree has no AC but we braved the rather toasty atmosphere and were rewarded with the announcement that they were featuring Thai iced tea (FYI there is a very nice clean bathroom here and it IS air conditioned). The iced tea was much less sweet but had a similar flavour to a Vietnamese iced tea I had sampled last trip from Out the Door and, despite its rather alarming orange hue and the eyeball-like appearance of the round ice cubes with holes in them, disappeared speedily. We decided to order mostly snacks and only one main dish, as we knew we had work to do in just a few hours at Canteen.
We sampled the martabek ($5.49), the corn fritters with minced prawns ($4.49) and the potato cakes ($3.49) along with a dish of rice noodles. The martabek came with a mildly zingy curry sauce that the SO preferred to the mayo-ish dip with the other two snacks. We both enjoyed the martabek and fritters very much, followed by the potato cakes and the noodles, which were a tad bland and really needed the fresh lime slices provided. The fresh slices of watermelon provided gratis at the end of the meal were a gracious and appropriate touch for a warm day. We rolled out of there very happy for $23, which ironically was the same amount we had paid for breakfast at Blue Bottle that morning. Even with so many options both nearby and all over San Francisco (4300 restos???), I have no regrets about returning to the Lime Tree.
See also the following links for all our other food-centric ramblings this trip if you're interested:
Tadich Grill http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573854
Blue Bottle http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573858
Canteen dinner http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573864
Farmers Markets http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573868
Bar Tartine http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573872
Canteen and Café de la presse breakfasts http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573873
Bodega Bistro http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573874
La Ciccia http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573876
BonBon Patisserie http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573877
Anchor Steam SFO http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573878