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Mar 15, 2007 03:32 PM

Notes from Underground Cafe

I stop here often for a simple breakfast/lunch whenever I am in that area. (Free internet connection. Cozy to boot.)

2399 Van Ness (at Green)
San Francisco

Do we have a different name for soft bagels? It has its own place. I actually like it, too. When well-toasted, it's yummy. Egg on a bagel was so good with coffee.

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  1. A friend calls soft bagels "bread with holes" but I'm sure we can do better. Pseudo-bagels? Parkerhouse Bagels?

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I like Parkerhouse bagels, but the last time I was in Boston the bagels were good. How about California Bagels ... it is the water that makes them soft. Let's stop apoligizing for them and claim them as our own.

      Yeah, I go with soup here ... though I haven't had more than soup and coffee at Underground. It is good and decent. Not particularily memorable ... good or bad.

      1. re: rworange

        The people are nice, the chairs are comfy, and its convenient for me.

        But Nook and Chameleon on Russian Hill have better food though harder to park if driving.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Thanks for the reminder about Nook. I have them on a to-try list somewhere ... scribbled on a piece of paper or some file on my cell phone. I want to look into the pie there. Chameleon sounds good too.

          Yeah Underground is a convenience thing for me. I happen to be practically on their doorstep. My fallback in little known places is soup. It is unusual that any place makes a bad soup. It might not be amazing but it will be edible. With sandwiches there is more of a risk.

          1. re: rworange

            I'm embarassed to say that the uphill hike to Nook and Chameleon sometimes keep me away. (g)

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