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Lunch in Civic Center during jury duty

marysf Jun 18, 2010 07:49 PM

I have jury duty at the Civic Center courthouse (McAllister and Van Ness). Any good recommendations for "foodie" lunch spots within walking distance? Lunch break is about 1 hour. No fast food please. TIA.

  1. mariacarmen Jun 18, 2010 08:49 PM

    Larkin Express - now called Burmese Kitchen (but i think both signs are still up.)


    I've only been once and had the fish soup lunch special and i was utterly amazed at the complexity of flavors. also had the tea leaf salad, which was superb too. others here have raved about it too.

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      Rapini Jun 18, 2010 11:32 PM

      The cafe in the Asian Art Museum is pretty good; it's close to the courthouse, and can be done within your lunch hour.

      1. bbulkow Jun 20, 2010 12:20 PM

        What about Saigon Sandwich?

        Saigon Sandwich Shop
        560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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          artemis Jun 20, 2010 12:35 PM

          Morty's Deli was by far my favorite lunch spot when I was at Hastings. I think it was recently written up quite positively in the Chronicle. I always got a sandwich, but if you're a mac and cheese fan, Morty's is very tasty.

          Morty's Delicatessen
          280 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. majordanby Jun 20, 2010 08:18 PM

            kqed's check please recently had a show featuring turk and larkin deli

            1. Cynsa Jun 20, 2010 08:47 PM

              on my jury duty stint, I ate at Burmese Kitchen, Morty's, and Gyro King

              Gyro King
              25 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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              1. re: Cynsa
                junesix Jun 21, 2010 03:45 PM

                El Castillito on 370 Golden Gate Ave (and Larkin St) makes great Mission burritos

                Lunch Geek at 1400 Market St (between Polk St and Fell St) has typical sandwiches but they experiment with Asian-themed specials like coconut-infused pulled pork banh mi and Taiwanese meatball sandwiches

                Brenda's on 652 Polk St (and Eddy St) has the best catfish and shrimp po-boys if you call ahead for takeout.

                Lers Ros Thai on 730 Larkin St (between Ellis St and O'Farrell St) is a bit farther but still manageable in one hour since the food comes out so quick. Call ahead for takeout and it will be ready by the time you arrive.

              2. Robert Lauriston Jun 21, 2010 04:17 PM

                Second on Saigon Sandwich, Burmese Kitchen, and Lers Ros.

                Also Thai House Express.

                Saigon Sandwich Shop
                560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
                452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                Thai House Express
                901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

                Lers Ros Thai
                730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

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                  pauliface Jun 21, 2010 05:04 PM

                  +1 on Saigan Sandwich.

                  +1 also for Gyro King at 25 Grove. They do great shawarma, as well as turkish style pizza (the open flat oval of bread covered with tasty spices and lamb.)

                  Gyro King
                  25 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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