I just had a typical Financial District food experience -- instead of listening to my own good judgment and ordering perfect curry at Cha Am express, or hitting the low-pro Latte Express on Kearny for one of their surprisingly delish banh mis, I went to Working Girls Cafe on Kearny. Food total: $8.50 for a Thai chicken sandwich and a chocolate chip cookie, plus I dumped the change from a $10 in the tip jar cause I'm a service job vet.
What I got: a cheap roll, tired vegetables, odd spongy chopped-and-pressed chicken breasts that were likely bought frozen for $1 a pound at Costco. And the $2 chocolate chip cookie was so stale that it would have broken had I dropped it.
I don't mind paying big $$ for good food -- hey, I know this town's expensive. When I drop $10 on a divine croque monsieur at Metro Cafe on Divis, it's *worth it.* What drives me absolutely wild is paying premium prices for bad food.
I'm not sure there's a solution to this besides staying away from unproven or proven-icky spots. But I'm wondering -- is there a place in town that serves *fresh* baked goods all the time? I'm terribly sick of paying $5-7 for a slice of two-day-old cake. Also, is it appropriate for me to haul the manager out of the office and explain to him/her that I will not be returning because I paid way too much for stale, poor quality, ill-cooked food?