Portable food - Eat in car SF back home to LA/OC
I don't want to stop and eat somewhere in Central CA, need something delicious and portable from SF to take back and eat in the car (I'll be the passenger). They need to be open on Wednesdays and we're leaving SF area around 9 AM. We'll be eating breakfast at Tartine first, I'm bummed we can't grab a sandwich at Ike's - they open at 11. Want to get back in So Cal before rush hour. Thanks!
Open early on a Wednesday really narrows the search. Burritos might hold up well. Tortas are definitely a good idea. I was about to suggest a Peruvian roast chicken from either Inkas or Limon Rotisserie, but they will not be open in the AM. But you might consider setting up a picnic basket centered on a roast chicken that you can assemble Tuesday night. You could include some seviche, provided you could keep it well-chilled.
3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
If you're planning to feed the driver while s/he is driving, I would focus on avoiding mess. This means no burritos, tortas, or other sandwiches. Dealing with catastrophic sandwich or burrito collapse is just too distracting for the driver. I would put together a picnic of bit size foods and things that will not fall apart. My picnic would include:
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Assorted Salumi (cut where purchased)
Hard Cheese (to be cut by passenger)
I like Courtney's on 14th and Castro for travel snacks, but I live just a block away.
They have lots of great sandwiches, cheap enough that you can get 2 per person, and some little salads as well, also nuts, fruit and drinks.
For example, Saturday my boyfriend and I hiked up to the top of Corona heights and picked up a mini picnic on the way -- two pepper/havarti/veggie sandwiches, a mango/tomato/salsa salad, 2 bananas, and a bottle of kombucha tea, total was like $14.
Before 9 a.m. is on the early side for just about everything. I was going to suggest a Ferry Building run to grab a bunch of stuff...but most places (except coffee) don't open until 9 a.m. There you could grab all kinds of stuff...but no burrito.
Agree with others...something wrapped or enclosed is best. Burrito, med wrap, pork bun, etc. It's easier to handle on the road. There's many detractors of the Mission burrito but one of its benefits is that it's not sloppy, can be held with one hand and not collapse. Try that with a sloppy LA burrito (which can be great but doesn't travel well).
One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111
Tea Garden, on Mission near 1st Street in SOMA, has small sized pork-belly sandwiches ("stuffed bread") and other Taiwanese snack foods that do very well the next day after being refrigerated overnight. Their snacks are delicious and easy to manage in a car.
515 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
If you'll already be at Tartine, stroll over to Bi-rite grocery. No doubt you'll find something suitable and delicious there, among the olives, salads, sandwiches, and cookies. Or drop by either the Metreon and pick up some of El Porteno's excellent empanadas--delicious and easy to eat without making a mess in the car.
Bi-Rite's a good call. They open at 9 and the selection of prepared foods is remarkable. Very good brandade de morue, among other things.
Delessio opens at 7am and it's not far from Tartine.
3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Delessio Market & Bakery
1695 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Andronico's market in the Sunset district opens at 7:30am and is a quick in and out because of the parking lot. They have a huge deli and to go food bar.
A block or two away is Toms Peasant Pies which opens at 7am. And on 9th between Irving and Judah is my favorite, Arizmendi's. Grab some of the tabbouli and cheese from the fridge, along with some savory breads. Not sure if their pizza is ready that early.
3265 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA
1039 Irving St, San Francisco, CA