photo credit: Krescent Carasso
Blue Barn Gourmet
This Russian Hill location of Blue Barn Gourmet is bigger and more manageable than the line-out-the-door situation that can arise at the Marina outpost at peak lunch hours. That's great news for you—simply order at the counter and you’ll have delicious salads loaded with salmon, chicken, and other super fresh ingredients out to you in no time. While this spot runs a great salad operation, the sandwiches are all strong as well, with perfect filling-to-bread ratios across the board.
While it seems like the right thing to do, adding falafel to this salad is the wrong choice. It would make sense that they don’t keep a deep fryer inside of a barn (lots of hay, fire hazard), but the baked falafel is horrifically dry. Add anything else, and this is a great salad.
One of our go-to's and especially good if you add chicken or salmon. Crispy chickpeas are possibly better than croutons.
Sometimes it’s 70 degrees and you ask the person at the counter why they’re still serving the winter salad. They tell you it’s January, and then you black in and order the damn salad. Because it’s full of roasted vegetables and topped with mountains of cheese. The pomegranates make it extra delicious.
San Francisco’s take on a salad you could (and would) get at TGIFridays. Cheese, tortilla strips, and all the other Southwestern accoutrements. We love this, especially the salty, toasty pumpkin seeds.
Lots of cheese = lots of happiness.