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eastern FiDi lunch updates

Ruth Lafler | Feb 2, 200503:14 PM

Since I don't like to use too much of my lunch hour in transit, I rarely venture more than a block of two from my office at 50 California. Recently, there have been a couple of welcome additions to my sphere.

Bistro Burger has opened a new location on Drumm St. (where the variously named bagel shop was). I haven't been in yet, but I'm keeping it in mind for the next time that burger craving hits.

I have been patronizing the newly expanded Foccacia (on Sacramento across from Embarcadero 3). What used to be a decent little sandwich shop has relocated into a new operation next door that's made up of several "stations" where you can order hot entrees, a wider range of made-to-order salads and sandwiches. There's also a whole wall of pre-packaged offerings from salad to dessert.

I was reluctant to post about it earlier, because the first hot entree (stew of the day) I tried was almost inedible. But I gave them another chance, and have been very happy with their option of a quarter of a rotisserie chicken with a choice of two sides (and a chunk of their house-made foccacia). The chicken (which you can also buy in larger portions or whole) is excellent: meaty, moist, flavored with lemon and herbs. The mashed potatoes, with a few red skins included, are sinfully rich -- I don't even want to think about how much butter and/or cream there must be in them. The veggie sides aren't always stellar, but there's usually at least one that's appealing. This hefty meal is a total bargain for $4.95.

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