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Boxed Foods Co.: Good salads in the FiDi

Missy P. | Jul 8, 200412:31 AM

I'm always looking for a place in the Financial District that has a decent salad, or some form of vegetables, for lunch. After four years of looking, my prayers have been answered in the form of a new lunch place on Kearny Street.

The Boxed Foods Company opened a couple of months ago. I suspect it will appeal to the more "foodie" (not necessarily chowhoundish) lunchgoers in the FiDi, but I'm very happy to have it. The menu says they strive to use organic produce, delivered daily. They use Acme breads, and also sell other baked goods. There are about eight salads and eight sandwiches, which, from the looks of it, will change with the seasons.

I've only eaten there twice, but two times is enough to know that Boxed Foods will continue occasionally to get my lunch money.

Here's what I've had:

-- Boxed wedge salad. $6.95. This is, indeed, a large wedge of cold iceberg lettuce (which those food writers will have me believe is making a comeback), topped with shaved red onions, sweet cherry tomato halves, a "Straus Family yogurt-Gorgonzola dressing" and bits of crisped panchetta. This was surprisingly delicious. The dressing was tart, almost buttermilk-y. What other FiDi lunch salad can boast real, ripe, delicious tomatoes? The salad is topped with a thin slice of toated walnut levain.

-- Avocado and chicken salad. $7.75. This was a special today -- looks like there is one special sandwich and salad per day. This salad was a "mixed green" salad, but it wasn't crappy, bitter mesclun. These were good greens, which included some spinach, to my delight. On top of the greens lay four or five thin slices of very tender and juicy breast meat -- probably about 3 oz. on meat total -- surrounded by those same cherry tomatoes, thin avocado slices and a couple of grapefruit slices (which struck me a weird -- they probably should have gone for either grapefruit OR tomato). The salad was dressed in an "avocado vinaigrette," which tasted more citrus-y and was only slightly creamy from avocado. This was also topped with the levain. I liked the chicken a lot and intend to try one of the other salads that feature chicken.

I'm not much of a sandwich eater, but the sandwiches sound good. If they are on Acme bread, I suppose they're worth a try.

Everything is between $6.75 and $8.25. There are five or so two-tops to the side of the prep area. Service is a little harried, but they'll probably work the kinks out. The guy who runs the cash register, who I'm guessing is the owner, is very nice.

Anyway, anyone else have thoughts on this addition to the downtown lunch scene? By the way, Boxed Foods is open until 7 p.m., which is good news for late workers. Oh, they also have those delicious unsweetened bottled green teas.

Linked is the Chron's mention from a few weeks ago.


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