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Dennis Leary, will you be my new platonic boyfriend?

Read the post on Eater http://sf.eater.com/archives/2008/05/... and headed up there for lunch. As advertised, one lunch item - today it's smoked salmon sandwich and corn soup. The soup was light and embraced its corn-ness. The sandwich was $7 and not huge which is fine by me. Nova salmon with cucumber (or something else?) on a nice crumbly roll, but way too much mayo - wait, that's not mayo, it's horseradish creme. Still, too much. He's whipping up some chocolate mousse for later which is perfect. Who doesn't need a mid-afternoon dessert run?

My fear is it will become crowded in short order although it's an easy-to-miss location, much like the coffee/pizza joint previously there. He's greeting and talking to everyone and asking what they would pay for lunch - nothing like feeling out the crowd by asking.

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The Sentinel
55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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    The Sentinel
    55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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    1. re: 5 and Dime Eater

      Dennis -
      We need to talk about the mayo. It's delicious mayo, but too much makes all the contents of the Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato, and Basil (with fennel I noticed) slide around and leap onto my desk. Yummy, but messy, and love the homemade bread.

      I would however like to order 10 gallons of corn soup so I can bathe in it. Slightly creamy, sweet, tasty, summery.

    2. Thank you so much for reporting! As a big Canteen fan, I have been awaiting the opening of The Sentinel. I didn't get a chance to stop in today, but I know the corn soup is excellent and if you get the chance to try the coffee cake, you must - out of this world! The chai is also housemade and quite delicious.

      1. I'll check out the coffee cake in the AM - it's on my way to work ...

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        1. re: 5 and Dime Eater

          If it's the same coffee cake thatI had a few weeks ago when I had breakfast at Canteen, you are in for a treat. I've been trying to replicate the buttery goodness of that coffee cake at home ever since.

          1. re: JasmineG

            Alas, none today, maybe later he said. And I overheard some office guy down the street was complaining that the coffee cake was $3 as in "I bought coffee cake there yesterday for $3!"

            Will be interesting to see if the higher-end treats will fly with the office joes. Works for me just fine.

            1. re: 5 and Dime Eater

              Sorry you weren't able to get coffee cake today. It is worth the $3! Unfortunately it is only on the menu at Canteen about once a month or so, if that. Hopefully it will appear more regularly at The Sentinel.

        2. Went by this morning to check it out. When I walked in Dennis was by himself making a drink order, but openly talking about the business with the customers inside. I ordered a blueberry muffin ($2.50) that was good, though I guess I've had better muffins. Am interested to try their Chai, and am eagerly awaiting savory breakfast fare. When asked, Dennis guessed that in 2+ weeks he'd be able to offer more food once he figures things out.

          1. Man, is that place not easy to spot. For ease of reference, it is on the corner right next to House of Shields. Alas, I got there just as it was closing. Tiny, tiny place. They said they would be getting signs soon. Theycurrently close about 2pm but said that they would probably be open to 3 or 4 in the future.

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            1. re: rworange

              Doesn't sound like they need signs.

              1. re: rworange

                "The Sentinel" is displayed very prominently on the awnings. From the sidewalk, the old cigar signs above the door make a good landmark. It looks like he may go for an old cigar store motif indoors as well. Hmm, a cafe that was once a cigar store. Dennis's Bohemian Cigar Store?

                1. re: Xiao Yang

                  the awnings went up last week. now there's a damn line.