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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)

      1. I like this place for wifi and beverages, but the food's not so good. My best luck has been with the soup of the day or the plate of middle eastern spreads.

        1. Let's try the pictures one more time -

          Phew. It worked this time. Sorry some are blurry. Someone made me laugh as I took them. I like the people working there.

          Good selection of salads, wraps, sandwiches.
          (Do they have soup, too?)

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          1. re: grocerytrekker


            Notes from Underground Cafe
            2399 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

          2. Well, it has been a couple of months since I've been there. I didn't halucinate soup though ... pea soup, IIRC. Special? Soup discontinued?

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            1. re: rworange

              I think the soup flavor of the day is posted on a separate piece of paper.

              1. re: rworange

                I stopped by for some coffee and an egg bagel with cheese, and asked about this mysterious "soup".

                The sweet girl working there said they used to have soup a while back, but people didn't like it, so they don't have it anymore.