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Pan Bagnet or Salade Nicoise in downtown SF?

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Looking for a good carryout spot in/near the financial district. Lots of tuna salads around, but haven't found one yet similar to what you get in Provence.

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  1. Haven't been there since the post below, but Mocca on Maiden Lane had a wonderful pan bagnat with that true Provencal taste. If you carried it back to your office in FiDi to eat, the olive oil would have enough time to seep into the bread. Other 'hounds have recommended the tri-tip sandwich.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      That sounds wonderful ... can't believe I've missed that place. I know where I'm going for lunch tomorrow! Thanks for the (tri) tip.

      1. re: djh

        Please let us know if it's still good --- the place deserves an update. Then I'll follow you down there!

      2. re: Melanie Wong

        I second this rec -- I often order the pan bagnat at Mocca when I'm in Union Square around lunchtime. Had it two or three times this year so far and it's consistently good.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I love that place I use to work on Maiden Lane and went there every Friday.

        2. Hey Gang,

          Wanted to bump this back up because, after 2 days of "meeting food" I am on a hunt for the perfect Nicoise Salad near Geary and Kearny. I plan to pop into Mocca, unless someone else has a rec. Melanie, I will post an update upon my return!

          1. The sandwich is good! IT came to, I think $9.70 or thereabouts (I mention this because the price seemed to be a sticking point in some reviews I read.) It is about 9 inches of sandwich on a slender baguette, served with some kind of a root slaw. The slaw is not crunchy enough for me. Maybe it's turnip?

            Sindwich has tuna, greens, olives, tomato salad on it. One half of my sandwich is well-soaked in pesto- this is my favorite half. I wish it had more briny caper/olive taste. In fact, I taste very little olive and actually had to salt the non-pesto half of the sandwich.

            Net-Net: I might go back and try something else if I am in the 'hood, but won't go out of my way for a repeat of the tuna sandwich. Though I'm not disappointed with it by any means. It just didn't quite scratch the itch.

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            1. re: Chowsmurf

              The side was probably celery root remoulade, a classic bistro salad.