Cheese Plus sounds a little like a bargain basement store for, well, cheese. But once you walk in, you’ll realize this deli is no joke. You’re here for a sandwich (try the Willie Brown Bird, with duck breast, cheese, and fig chutney), but they’ve also got everything you’d need for well-stocked picnic or the apocalypse, whichever comes first. Take a seat outside on a nice day to watch people pass by with dogs who may or may not have better health insurance than you do.
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Blue Barn Gourmet
If you’re looking to be healthy - or at least feel like you’re being healthy - hit up Blue Barn.
Elephant Sushi in Russian Hill usually has a bit of a wait, so try to head there on the early side (they open at 6).
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School Night in Dogpatch is a good spot to go after work with your team for cocktails and good bar food.
Rose’s Cafe in Cow Hollow has great granola, pastries and an excellent breakfast pizza. Hit it in the morning for an outdoor breakfast.
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Saigon Sandwich’s Sandwiches are $4 and pack more punch than most of the city’s pricier offerings. The best cheap lunch in the game.
Mission Cheese functions just as well for a quick solo lunch as it does for something longer, larger, and probably boozier.
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