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Suggestions for lunch only M-F restaurants

I'm about to have several mid-week afternoons available for tele-commuting, and would like to target lunch places that I can't normally get to. Mainly, I'm looking for places that are only open Monday-Friday and which close before dinnertime. Any additional ideas, or vetos on my suggestions? I'm mostly interested in brick and mortar places, but I'd be open to trucks that don't attend Off the Grid. Places in SF, Berkeley, and Oakland would all be fine.

==== Ones on my list of places to try ====
Galette 88
HRD Coffee Shop
John's Snack and Deli
Muracci's Japanese Curry & Grill
Seoul Patch

==== Some I've been to and like =====
Pal's Take Away
The Sentinel
Golden West
naked lunch

==== Food trucks ====
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/821545 Oakland Food Trucks
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/803758 SF Food trucks

HRD Coffee Shop
521 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

John's Snack and Deli
40 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

958 Illinois Street, San Francisco, CA

Pal's Take Away
2751 24th Street, San Francisco, CA

naked lunch
504 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Golden West
8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

Galette 88
88 Hardie Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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    1. Swan Oyster Depot is daytime only, monday through saturday.

      1. Some of the Tenderloin Vietnamese places: Saigon Sandwich, Hai Ky Mi Ga, Hoang Dat, Mong Thu, Ngoc Mai, Pho Tan Hoa

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Lots of good places, but all these places are open on the weekends. I'm looking to blast through all the places that I otherwise would not be able to get to because they're only open M-F.

        2. Boulette's Larder - if you are feeling flush. Their daily lunch menu is normally on-line by around 11:30.

          Boulettes Larder
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. Little Skillet, chicken n waffle place by AT&T park (though they are open for Sat lunch too)

            John's Snack Deli is ookay... you probably heard of their Korean Burritos, but the textures of the filling is all weird for me. And they don't steam their tortillas so they come out dry.

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            1. re: Keesey

              John's Snack & Deli is OK if you're working nearby, but pretty much any Korean restaurant in Oakland or the Richmond is a better value.

            2. Not sure that I'd go out of my way for a pastrami sandwich, but there are some positive reports for the one at M & L Market in the Castro, which is only open Tues-Fri 11:30AM-4PM.

              M & L Market
              691 14th, San Francisco, CA 94102

              1. Nojo is now serving lunch, W-F. The menu sounds good!


                1. I didn't get to Galette 88 or Seoul Patch, but here's a quick take on the weekday only places I visited:

                  HRD Coffee Shop: My favorite place of the lot. If I worked near here, I'd doubtfully eat anywhere else. The Korean sloppy jo jo (bulgogi, kimchee, onions, & peppers) is fantastic, and needs to be eaten with a knife and fork. I like the Korean sandwiches at Rheas and King Foot, but HRD wins out. Their kimchi burrito was good too, but I prefer the Korean flavors in bread rather than a tortilla. They start serving their complete menu at 8:30AM, and at that time, there's plenty of seating.

                  John's Snack and Deli: Their kim bap (Korean style sushi) wasn't great and was rolled very loosely. I've had much worse, but based on that dish, and other's advice above, I never tried their burrito.

                  Kitchenette: A bit hard to locate on Illinois St because it's just inside a loading dock. They update their menu everyday on Twitter, so it's worth checking what they have before heading over to the Dogpatch. I had a fish sandwich here. The fish was fresh and lightly fried, it reminded me of Gregoire in Berkeley. There are some benches and a water cooler in the parking lot.

                  Muracci's Japanese Curry & Grill: The chicken and the pork katsu themselves weren't anything to write home about, but I liked the curry sauce. The hot curry wasn't especially hot, but they score lots of points for having a very fragrant and fresh curry mix. There's minimal seating so this is more like a take-out place. There's plenty of seating in the Crocker Galeria and other nearby POPO's.

                  M & L Market in the Castro: I was skeptical before going there, but they have excellent pastrami, and it made a nice triple decker sandwich with turkey. The pastrami, which is sliced and kept in a crock pot, is as juicy, salty, and fatty as it should be. They could use a better quality mustard and have a bit more spice to the pastrami, but this was a seriously awesome sandwich. They were empty when I went, but I've heard they get pretty packed. Their hours are Tue-Fri 11:30 am - 4 pm.

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                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      I'm not sure how I missed that before, but I'm glad my mistake made HRD a bigger priority. I'll leave HRD for Saturday morning breakfast, and will hit Galette 88 or M & L on my next weekday off.

                  1. FuseBOX, new place I just read about in West Oakland looks interesting to me


                    It sounds like it is open for weekend lunches too, which I can't believe I didn't check out this weekend, as I'd love some good Korean fried chicken.

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                    1. re: ...tm...

                      They're planning to serve dinner. A lunch-only sojubang / izakaya would be pretty weird.


                    2. If only we could rewind 10+ years -- I'd recommend the Scandinavian Restaurant in the Castro. It's now Barracuda. How the mighty have fallen.

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                      1. re: pauliface

                        Barracuda took its space over from Tin Pan, which wasn't Scandinavian, but Asian. Was something else there I'm forgetting?

                        1. re: Frosty Melon

                          It's all the same location:ra
                          Before it was TinPan, it was the Scandinavian Restaurant (something like 1943-1990something)

                          I'm pretty sure there was one other restaurant in the chain between Scandinavian and Baraccurda as well

                      2. I still like Moishe's Pippic; when I have a day off I sometimes stop by there, just because I can.

                          1. Ippuku's soba menu is lunch only M-F.

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                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              lunch ramen menu at Nombe and just discovered Good Pizza in the Bayview.

                            2. Drat.

                              Smoke, Galette 88, Pal's Take Away, Sentinel, M&L, Fusebox, Ippuku, & Nombe are either not open on Mondays or will be closed specifically this Monday for Labor Day.

                              HRD Coffee Shop and Marcella's Lasagneria told me on the phone that they will be open on Monday. But note that HRD is normally open on Saturday and Marcella's is now regularly open till 6PM according to their Facebook page).

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                              1. re: hyperbowler

                                V-105 on Valencia at McCoppin is only open Mon-Fri. I've been twice, and the lamb sandwich I had last week was spectacular. Not sure if they'll be open Labor Day or not, but this place is way up on my sandwich list (ranking above Sentinel and Salumeria).


                                1. re: Frosty Melon

                                  Best Breakfast Sandwich in SF just discovered at V-105. They use a big square biscuit instead of bread. It has avocado, cheese and bacon. Will definitely be back for lunch. Also grabbed a killer filled Kouign-amann from Starter Bakery for later.

                                  1. re: mlutsky

                                    Thanks for this -- we planned to go to V-105 last trip for breaky and got derailed. Back on the radar!

                              2. WIth President's Day coming up next Monday, difficult to get to places were on my mind. I'll reconfirm the day of, but on the phone, Pal's Takeaway said he might be open. Any other M-F lunch-only places worth checking out?

                                Closed on Mondays or not applicable to this thread due to ok evening and/or Saturday hours:

                                Sentinel/Golden West, Galette 88, and Anchor Brewery's tour are all closed. M&L and Nombe don't have usual Monday hours, so they'll be closed too.

                                Seoul Patch now has evening hours at brick and mortar Gung Ho
                                Fusebox now has Saturday hours (thank goodness!)

                                1. Stags Lunchette

                                  Cosecha, although they are open saturdays and 2 nights a week for dinner.

                                  1. naked lunch is open Tuesday to Sunday.

                                    why is it on the op's list?

                                    Tuesday to Sunday 11:30 - 2:00pm
                                    Tuesday to Sunday 4-late (kitchen opens at 5:30)

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                                    1. re: Mission

                                      Surprised no one caught that sooner! They've had Saturday lunch hours for a long time, so that was an oversight. Sunday hours were more recently introduced than the original post, and the night hours came about only after the recent closing of Txoko.

                                    2. Anything new on the radar? I'm looking for a lunch spot for next Monday and Tuesday (Christmas eve)

                                      Noting the above:

                                      Moishe's Pippic and Kitchenette are permanently closed. Ippuku might no longer server soba :

                                      Stags Lunchette impressed me so much on my one visit, I might take BART just to eat there again.

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                                      1. re: hyperbowler

                                        close to Stag's is Marrow.

                                        edit: when did they start serving brunch & dinner?

                                        website says coming soon for dinner. Y*lp says W-F

                                      2. Day 1: Pal's Takeaway, SF, Mission

                                        Pal's Takeaway uses Josey Baker bread for their sandwiches.

                                        Sandwich 1: Coconut-curry shrimp roll, daikon sprouts, wasabe chips, arugula, lemon mayo : the best textured shrimp I've had in a while-- good resistance on the outside, but good fleshiness on the inside. The wasabi chips were too hard, but otherwise this was a light and very enjoyable sandwich.

                                        Sandwich 2: Marin Sun chicken liver mousse, bacon, chili apple, egg, arugula, balsamic mayo. Roger Ebert talked about the Gene Siskel Test: "Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?" This sandwich passes the culinary version of this test. The stars, the housemade mousse, and the Josey Baker bread, are exceptional on their own, but shine amongst the other ingredients.

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                                        1. re: hyperbowler

                                          hyperbowler, do head back to Pal's one day when the Aunt Malai's sando is on the menu. Nom!

                                          1. re: grayelf

                                            Ha, that item is largely what inspired me to write the original post--- I've missed out on it for over two years, but was glad to see your report that its alive and well and still being enjoyed!

                                            1. re: grayelf

                                              What is the Aunt Malai's sandwich?

                                              1. re: sydthekyd

                                                It's got the Lao sausage from Vientian in Oakland in it, among other tasty bits.

                                          2. Day 2: Marcella's Lasagneria, SF, Dogpatch

                                            With six layers of thin pasta, light use of toppings, and a wide rather than tall stature, both the Abruzzo , which includes a housemade fennel sausage and tomato, and the eggplant lasagnas were outstanding.

                                            Housemade biscotti dipped in chocolate are excellent too. Orange peel gives them a nice edge.

                                            Lasagnas are available hot during their day hours, and cold before they close at 6-6:30. And great news--- they're going to roll out later hours sometime soon.


                                            See previous reports http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8520...

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                                            1. re: hyperbowler

                                              I had not been back to Marcella's since that initial chowdown in 2012. Your post was a reminder to return. I dropped by last Monday and bought the Abruzzo lasagna to go. I figured that it would be good to have on hand when I was due to crash after a month of cooking and prep for the holidays. That day came on Thursday and I was happy to have a quick meal on hand. I'd say that this batch misjudged the salt. Not sure whether the problem was in the sausage itself or the somewhere else in the assembly, but it was much too salty. But I figure that's a one-off and I wouldn't hesitate to return.

                                            2. In case anyone is off for President's day 2014: Galette 88 is closed, Marcella's Lasagneria is open, and Pal's Takeaway listed today's menu at 11am

                                              1. Two places no longer belong on this list, but it's a good thing because they have expanded hours:

                                                Stags Lunchette has been open for breakfast and lunch on Saturdays since last June.

                                                Fusebox no longer does weekend lunch, but has dinner till 9 Tues-Sat and an assortment of later afternoon hours.

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                                                1. Two Jewish style delis:

                                                  Shorty Goldstein's, M-F 8-3pm (near Montgomery Bart)

                                                  Rye Project, M-F 11-3
                                                  180 7th Street, SoMa, San Francisco, CA

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                                                  1. re: hyperbowler

                                                    "Rye Project" should have called themselves "Rye Playland" :-)