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solo lunch in the Financial District

mcchowhound | Jun 21, 2006 05:08 PM

I am always searching for the Perfect Lunch Place defined as somewhere not too crowded where I can sit comfortably with a book and eat something other than a cold sandwich/salad. My office is on California between Sansome and Montgomery. There are a number of places that fit the bill, but never enough.

Today I walked up California to Kearney and turned right toward Sacramento with the idea of having an(adequate, not special) banh mi at Cafe Latte. I walked past a pizza and pierogi place on the downhill side of Kearney. (Stupidly, I didn't get the name.) The air-conditioning was so inviting that I stopped there instead.

I didn't get either the pizza or the pierogi, though both looked pretty good. The pizza didn't appear to have come from a wood burning oven, but it looked crisper than - say - Portico. The pieorogi was from a bakery I didn't recognize, but it had the label "Serving San Francisco since (some time in the 1950's.)"

I had a meatball parmigiana hero and - to my absolute shock - it was really pretty good. I liked it much better than Gambino's. It was only $4.95, but was smaller than some others. The sesame seed bun was really, really good and the ingredients were in the right proportion to one another. An extra plus: the people working there were very friendly (in a good way.)

All in all, not a destination by any means but a welcome addition to the rotation if you work here. If anyone had any additional suggestions I would be very grateful...

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