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Great Salad Bars in SF

Petra Jun 17, 2006 12:48 PM

What are some great salad bar type places in SF. Like a Whole Foods salad bar where there are many options. I've never been to the WF in the city, but how are they. The ones in some of the suburbs are massive and delicious but I've seen other ones that have been pretty weak.

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    scenicrec Jul 6, 2006 08:21 AM

    DeLessio, def. for their salad bar (I fantasize about their roasted cauliflower salad with bacon and croutons), but especially for their desserts, which are some of the best in the city (don't believe me? Try the cornmeal pear upside-down cake and then get back to me!).

    Also Harvest Ranch Market on upper Market has a very tasty, healthful salad bar with lots of whole grains and great soups.

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    1. re: scenicrec
      rabaja Jul 6, 2006 04:57 PM

      Second Harvest Market salad bar. Great selection of sides, soups and additional prepared food in their "deli" area to supplement the salad bar. Does add up, though.

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        Frosty Melon Jul 6, 2006 05:43 PM

        Noone appreciates Delessio more than me, but I'm careful what I choose if I go late in the day. That cauliflower salad, for instance, is much too soggy as the day turns to evening.

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          ChowFun_derek Jul 7, 2006 02:03 AM

          That's true of ALL salad bars I would think......timing is everything....

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        Leadbelly Jul 5, 2006 11:25 PM

        Try Julie's Kitchen, on Montgomery near Pine--they have a fantastic selection in their salad bar and the steam tables. I love the poached salmon--usually slightly underdone towards the center, just the way I like it. They also have sushi, shrimp and avocado salad, chicken salad, pea shoots, etc. It is easy to go overboard and make yourself a very expensive salad, though.

        I also like Wildfowmer, on Sansome and Sacramento. More reasonably priced than Julie's, and more of a hole in the wall, but they have great salad choices. Lee's Deli, all over the Financial District, can be good--I like the one on New Montgomery near Mission, but I just stick to lettuce and the Chinese chicken salad. You will also find a few Napa Ranch salad bars, but I think their selection is too bland--mostly beans and such straight out of the can, and romaine lettuce or spinach.

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          Anya L Jul 5, 2006 08:11 PM

          There is a hole in the wall place that does smoothies and salad bar on Sutter near Montgomery. I can't remember the name. They have all kinds of stuff in the salad bar, including fried chicken, California rolls and tempura. It's been a while since I've been there, but as far as I know it's still there and still the same.

          1. Debbie M Jul 5, 2006 07:38 PM

            Mixt Greens on Sansome between Pine & Sutter, while not really a "help yourself" bar, does have many good quality ingredients to make a "design it yourself" salad:


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              Robert Lauriston Jun 18, 2006 03:04 PM

              DeLessio. The Web site doesn't have any info about it that I can find but the selection is enormous.

              Link: http://www.delessiomarket.com/

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                ChowFun_derek Jul 5, 2006 11:47 PM

                Yes..DeLessio's hands down!!! Incredible meats, stews, veggies .....amazing really...and croissants, cupcakes..chocolate cake etc.....
                I just heard a rumor they will be opening a second space in the new Faletti's Market being built between Oak and Fell near Divisadero....any confirmation?

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                ixtel1011 Jun 18, 2006 01:07 AM

                I only know of salad bars open during the week as the locations are in the downtown area. Lightening Foods in Embarcadero #3 and Mission & 98 Mission, Miss T's on Montgomery near Jackson, and Wildflower Cafe on Sansome near Sacramento

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                  theSauce Jul 5, 2006 07:23 PM

                  Lightening foods is good and cheap. However, it gets pretty packed during lunch.

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