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Lunch near Embarcadero BART station??

drobbia Jun 16, 2008 02:09 PM

I commute to work 2x per week and need some reccs for a great lunch spot where I can treat co-workers --thanks!

  1. wolfe Jun 16, 2008 03:43 PM

    Perhaps it would be easier if you would clarify what kind of lunch you wish to treat them too. What is the price range. I, being frugal, would try Gambino's.

    Gambino's New York Subs
    301 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: wolfe
      Robert Lauriston Jun 17, 2008 10:33 AM

      What have you had at Gambino's? Very few reports here though I think all positive. I've been wanting to try it since they opened, but they close before I get that hungry.


      It's mostly a takeout place.

      Gambino's New York Subs
      301 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        lmarie Jun 17, 2008 01:26 PM

        I recently had a meatball sub from Gambino's. Nothing distinctive or interesting about the meatballs, ok canned sauce, and horrible, cheap factory roll. I won't go back. Might as well go to Subway; they have a special on meatball subs every Tuesday for $2.99

    2. d
      david kaplan Jun 16, 2008 03:35 PM

      Let me add Mexico DF. I've had two great lunches there. Upscale Mexican with excellent carnitas.

      1. t
        toddanthonydirect Jun 16, 2008 03:31 PM

        Quick cheap and take-out would be the liquor store on Drum right at California. They have amazing Falaffel (sp?) and other middle eastern treats. Very good. Wouldn't eat there everyday though as it used to make me fat. :-)

        1. grishnackh Jun 16, 2008 02:57 PM

          Two other board favorites nearby:
          Tadich Grill
          Kokkari Estiatorio

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          1. re: grishnackh
            steve h. Jun 16, 2008 03:03 PM

            i'm pretty fond of yank sing. tadich is a tough table (bar seat) before 2 p.m. but i like it a lot.

          2. VanessaItalyinSF Jun 16, 2008 02:50 PM

            Perbacco is about a block from the BART station, at California and Front. I would also suggest Aqua (if you're up for the real impressive lunch), on the same block of California, and One Market just got a Micheline star...
            I think there's plenty of spots for you to explore!

            1. steve h. Jun 16, 2008 02:20 PM

              a great lunch would be boulevard. anything else in that part of town would be merely really good.

              1. w
                whiner Jun 16, 2008 02:16 PM

                You're kidding, right? That is where ALL the nice lunch spots are in town. For a *nice* lunch I'd say Slanted Door. For a quick bite maybe Tayolr's Refresher or 'Out the Door' -- all in the Ferry Building.

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                1. re: whiner
                  Paul H Jun 16, 2008 03:28 PM

                  whiner speaks the truth. It's almost impossible not to randomly stumble into a great lunch spot here. A few examples:

                  Boulevard, Piperade, Tadich, One Market, Perbacco, Kokkari, Aqua, Yank Sing, Slanted Door, Ozumo, Town Hall, Chaya Brasserie, & etc.

                  1. re: Paul H
                    Robert Lauriston Jun 17, 2008 10:18 AM

                    It's true that the expensive restaurants in the Financial District tend to be good. However, there are a lot of mediocre places that charge a premium price, and it's one of the hardest parts of town in which to find good food at a reasonable price. See Windy's "month of lunches" posts for an exhaustive inventory. The most recent:


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