On my way to Canteen this morning, I noticed a new player on Polk Street: a cafe on Polk at Sutter. Out of curiosity I stopped in and was rewarded with quite a find--it offers your standard lattes and mochas, but the two Moroccan owners have much more in store for the curious 'hound.
Not a coffee drinker, I asked the man at the cash register about their tea offerings. He listed their teas by the bag, and then gestured to two glass canisters of loose tea, including some beautiful Moroccan mint tea. I ordered that. This tea was ridiculous: refreshing, perfectly sweetened, and topped with a sprig of fresh mint. I've had this style of tea at many places (in the US--not Morocco, yet) and this is the best I've ever had--really a luxurious experience.
In a few places around the bright and clean seating area, handwritten signs promise "Delicious HOME-MADE foods coming in APRIL." I asked the owner-types for more information. Apparently they opened last Monday; the food will be Middle Eastern, mostly Moroccan, and made by the wife of one of the owners. Already there were some cookies on display--long strips of flour and almond paste, either baked or fried, then coated in honey. They noticed me looking and gave me a piece to try, saying "It's good with the tea!" Right again: the honey-almond flavor was perfect with the piquant mint tea.
There is the standard SF cafe stuff, including pastries from the dreaded City Baking Company, but if you look more closely there are some great finds here. I wasn't in Chowhound mode and didn't have a pen or paper, so I didn't catch the name of the place. I think it was Cafe Bon-Something; the sign advertises that it's open 24 hours, which would make it a great addition to the neighborhood. I'll certainly be back in April to try the HOME-MADE foods.
Can anyone report with more information, especially the correct name?