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Where To Get Lunch In SF When You’re Working From Home

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Where To Get Lunch In SF When You’re Working From Home

PHOTOS: Gaby Esensten

Let's set the scenario: It’s a dark day in FUTURE WHATEVER. Chariot/Genentech/GBUS TO MTV/Facebook party van/Leap drivers are all on strike and you won’t be able to get your work cafeteria lobster farrotto for lunch. Stuck at home? WHAT ARE WE TO DO? Well, enjoy the sunshine of San Francisco spring before summer sets in and we all have to live in Winterfell minus the wolves. Here are our recs on local spots to grab lunch when you're hanging at home on a weekday.

The Spots

1
8.2
MAP

Awesome sandwiches, salads, and pastries in an airy space. There's also WiFi that tends to work if you're actually one of the WORK from home WFH-types.

2
MAP

Whatever else you choose to do here, make sure you get the sweet potato fries with the red curry sauce.

3

The Grove

2016 Fillmore St
MAP

We're all about the order-at-the-counter, get-served-at-your-table set up – nice and chill. Plus, the Grove has breakfast all day, so you can get your avocado toast fix whenever your heart desires. Also, breakfast burritos are appropriate at any/all meals.

4

Seed + Salt

Marina
2240 Chestnut St.
7.3
MAP

If you recently cashed in all your options while simultaneously deciding to jump on the clean/vegan/GF lifestyle bandwagon, then consider your prayers answered. You can buy costly, delicious, non-meat or grain-based lunch delicacies at this cute shop. Quinoa falafel and tempeh wraps are the best options.

5

The Plant

3352 Steiner St
MAP

After a few years of same old same old, The Plant finally added some new dishes to the menu and we are stoked. While the dino kale salad is still the go-to, the new Salad Meal, chicken avocado, and veggie sandwiches are solid as well. Outdoor tables are a plus – provided you can snag one.

6

Toma

Marina
3318 Steiner St.
7.9
MAP

OK – based off our research, no one has ever heard of or noticed Toma, because it’s the width of the door and a few shops up from The Plant so most people in the ‘hood see no need to venture closer to Lombard. Incorrect. The chicken tacos and salsas are some of the best around.

7
7.5
MAP

The Polk location has grilled salmon as an add-on. It rules. The arugula and fattoush salads are the jam, and if you’re going sandwich style, the Kickin’ Chicken is not messing around.

8

Square Meals

2127 Polk St
MAP

When you’re in a hurry and want to grab and go, Square Meals has an eclectic, healthy, and tasty selection of pre-made grain salads, vegetables, and meats you can mix and match. Generally speaking, something delicious with quinoa will arise.

9

Cheese Plus

2001 Polk St
MAP

NOT JUST CHEESE. They have killer sandwiches, too (mostly involving cheese), especially the Willie Brown Bird. Apparently Willie was a duck.

10
8.3
MAP

Have you seen the Arista sandwich? Just make sure not to schedule any afternoon conference calls so they don’t interfere with your impending food coma/“power nap.”

11

Darwin Cafe

212 Ritch St
MAP

We would describe the kale salad as mountainous. And also amazing. If you’re feeling carbs mid-day, the sandwiches and baguettes are tasty, too.

12

Deli Board

Soma
1058 Folsom St.
8.2
MAP

Bring a friend. The sandwiches are humongous and hit the spot every time. The $$$ sandwich is where it’s at.

13

SOMA StrEat Food Park

428 11th St
MAP

If you are very, very loose on your definition of “working” from home, hit up SOMA StrEats for a mini food tour and some afternoon beers. Trucks rotate daily, and you’ll pretty much never be disappointed.

14

Tartine Bakery

Mission
600 Guerrero St.
8.5
MAP

Carbs: the lunch of champions. And champion nappers. There is a reason you work from home sometimes. The grilled cheeses are incredible, provided you are OK paying $13 for a fancy bread + slices of dairy situation. You should probably get a pastry for later. Or the walk home.

15

Radish

3465 19th St
MAP

On the other end of the spectrum, Radish is your gluten-free go-to. Tons of GF sandwich and flatbread options, an awesome beet salad, and a cute sit-down vibe when you need to take your eyes off your laptop screen.

16

Taqueria el Buen Sabor

699 Valencia St
MAP

You're in the Mission, so a burrito has to be in the running for your lunch option. Tons of veggie options + well-rolled burritos + great guac = winning the day. No more work today.

17

Mission Picnic

3275 22nd St
MAP

A killer kale caesar, on point cubano, and surprisingly good vegan sandwich. Bring a picnic basket or shopping cart, load it up, wander home shouting/gesticulating, and blend in with everyone else terrorizing the streets of SF at 12:30 on a weekday. Fun activity when you get bored of Excel/want to live on the edge.

18

Souvla

Hayes Valley
517 Hayes St.
8.1
MAP

Lamb forever. Great spot for pitas, salads, and super good Greek frozen yogurt to go. We ask them every time when they'll open at least one more location.

19

Arlequin

Hayes Valley
384 Hayes St.
7.7
MAP

Arlequin has many things going for it. It's attached to a wine shop; it has a huge back patio/garden; and the sandwiches, soups, and salads are excellent. You can eat there or grab and go, but either way you'll get a good lunch. Our jam here is the veggie sandwich.

20
7.6
MAP

$13 for miso soup, salad, and one of several sushi combos or sashimi salads. Get out of the sandwich rut and sushi on.

21

The Lunchpad

581 Hayes St
MAP

OK, this place is slightly confusing because it's located inside Noir Lounge. Let's just call it the Nick's Crispy to Rouge of Hayes. Who cares where it is, because this spot cranks out bomb sandwiches. Turkey Drizzle and Chicken Lil' will convert you to ordering lunch from a lounge. No judgement here.

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