On Saturday I joined Andy Abramson for brunch at Greens in Fort Mason before heading to the Rhone Rangers tasting. While the restaurant would not open for table service until noon, the take-out counter opens at 8am and youre welcome to carry your food tray to a table by the window to enjoy the same gorgeous view for a fraction of the usual cost.
The mushroom, faro and leek soup (large, $4) was fantastic. Dense with slices of fresh mushrooms, swollen faro, bits of carrot, and leeks, this was almost more like a stew than soup. Savory and with a slightly thickened consistency from the starchy faro, it hit the spot on this rainy day. Good but not quite as special was the tapenade baguette ($5.50) made with grilled red peppers, nutty arugula, and some cheese on a length of sweet baguette spread lightly with seasoned olive paste.
This was a healthy and satisfying start for a day of wine-tasting. It should be noted that only pastries and drinks are available when the counter opens in the morning. Other items become available later as the kitchen begins to build up stock for lunch hour. We were there at 11am and while Greens signature chili and the soup were available, choice of sandwiches and salads from the menu was still limited. When the restaurant is open, there are some bar tables with bench seating inside to enjoy these snacks.
[Disclaimer: A personal friend is wine director at Greens. He was not present at the time of my visit. ]