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meels Feb 12, 2009 10:29 AM

Hi All,

I've set up interviews for summer internships in SF all day. One is from 2-3 around 24th Mission BART, and the second is 4-5 around the Civic Center BART. Is there a nice place around Civic Center where I could sit and have snack to wait out the awkward timing? ... while I'm wearing a suit?

Thanks!!
Meels

  1. Lori SF Feb 12, 2009 11:31 AM

    Morty's Delicatessen is pretty good for a sandwich at that time a day, not a coffee shop but you can sit and have a decent sandwich there and not feel awkward wearing a suit.

    I cannot think of any coffee shops or ones that I would want to eat at.

    1. d
      dordogne Feb 12, 2009 11:36 AM

      There is a Peet's in Opera Plaza on Van Ness, not too far from BART.

      1. Melanie Wong Feb 12, 2009 12:11 PM

        Larkin Express Deli where you can sample Burmese food, although some of it is heavy on garlic and you might want to abstain until after the interview.
        http://www.chow.com/places/1112

        Gyro King is a Turkish cafe You can have a lahmacun or filo pastry with your Turkish coffee.
        http://www.chow.com/places/1117

        Click on the Places links for maps and other info.

        1. PorkButt Feb 12, 2009 12:47 PM

          Cafe Asia inside of the Asian Art Museum. You don't need to pay admission.

          http://www.asianart.org/cafeasia.htm

          At that hour you should be able to linger and if the weather's nice, there's an outdoor patio that is separated from the occasional craziness that happens in the Civic Center area.

          1. Euonymous Feb 12, 2009 04:10 PM

            I like Caffe Trieste on Market at Gough. I think you would be comfortable there in a suit and their coffee is good.

            1. m
              ML8000 Feb 12, 2009 05:03 PM

              There's a cafe inside of City Hall, on the main floor. At least there was the last time I was there a year ago. It's huge, and rarely busy.

              The only issue is the metal detector screening but otherwise it's obviously a public space and no one will think twice about wearing a suit. Think positive however...no one will bring a weapon to the interview. Then you could go downstairs to the cafeteria and do a review for CH.

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              City Hall Cafe
              400 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103

              1. m
                meels Feb 12, 2009 08:32 PM

                Thanks everyone! I ended up walking around a lot and went all the way to Cafe de la Presse. But if I get the job, then I'll definitely try all these places for lunch!!

                Good to know that you don't have to pay admission to go to Cafe Asia...

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