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six months of lunches

Windy | Oct 6, 200510:14 PM

The Financial District isn't getting any more exciting, but I have been walking a little farther. Today I spotted two or three places near Sutter and Market for another time.

Burger Factory on Sacramento. It's hard not to like this place. The burgers are thin so they're well done for my taste, but it's so well run, and the steak fries are crisp, even an hour late. Also a bargain at under $6 for a complete lunch with a giant soda.

By contrast, I got an organic burger at the Tuesday Ferry Plaza Market for $7 without fries. But I devoured every bite, something I rarely do, and the condiments are fine.

As previously noted, Seafood Shack on Pine next to What's Up Dog is a great addition to the area. We've started sharing the complete fried seafood combo (crab cake, two fish filets, two prawns and fries) and a large chowder. Big portions, excellent condiments. The fries are only okay.

I dropped in at Linda's Place on Battery & Pine, a huge by the pound ($6.99) buffet housed inside Jamba Juice. It was late, so the pickings were a little limited, but I'd happily return. They have a whole carved turkey every day, various pastas, fresh (non mayo) potato salad, fake California rolls, and lots of veggies. I'd go again. Not as veggie friendly as Wildflower's buffet. And like all weight-oriented meals, not cheap unless you eat a lot of baby spinach. Better soda and iced tea selection than usual.

(We also took an excursion to Flax one day and dropped in at Delessio's buffet. It is a treat as far as buffets, but everything from the big slices of meat to ribs to mac and cheese is heavy so it cost a lot.)

Finally, I took out the three salads combo at Suisse Italia inside 101 California, basically across the street from my office. It's $8.25, but the portions are huge--enough for two lunches. String beans were waterlogged but good. Chicken salad with almonds was perfectly cooked. Very friendly and spotless, plus you can sit outside and watch the blue angels buzz by. We used to get catered food at Suisse Italia years ago. I can't believe it's taken me 10 years and 6 months to go back in.

An update that Medicine in Crocker Galleria has happy hour (half price on their sakes) from 5:30-6:30. We had a delicious nigori. My companion also had two orders of jade nuggets--batter dipped shiso leaves stuffed with natto. His idea of heaven.

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