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Mar 29, 2012 01:05 PM

Lunch after Alcatraz on the way to Golden Gate/Fort Point

Hi fellow Chowhounds! I can't tell you how excited to try all the food in this great city! My hubby and I will be visiting the Bay Area in mid-May for a kid-free weekend. I've almost figured out our dinner options, but am lost about lunch.

We plan on doing the obligatory Alcatraz tour on Saturday morning and then the Golden Gate/Fort Point area later that afternoon. Does anyone have any suggestions where we could eat lunch after Alcatraz? I'm looking for local, tasty, casual. Any places on the way that make a tasty sandwich or serve a light lunch?

Please help!

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  1. Will you be travelling by car? If so, do a search for the marina and cow hollow districts. Lots & lots of options.

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    1. re: Civil Bear

      You could go to the Ferry Building. I loved our "lunch" there. Cowgirl cheese, boccalone meats, and baguette from Acme... and oh yeah, wine and beer at the Wine Merchant.

      1. re: TeacherFoodie

        Yeah, but the Ferry Bldg. is quite a ways in the opposite direction from where they're heading. The Warming Hut at Crissy Field, on the other hand is right where you want to be. It hits all the right notes - casual, local and tasty (Alice Waters of Chez Panisse helped with the menu).

        1. re: hazel1

          Is Warming Hut sit down or counter service?

          1. re: princess00

            Counter service and it could be a little slow on a Saturday. But I had a nice grilled turkey sandwich there long ago, and I believe Let's Be Frank sells their grassfed hot dogs right outside. Other options to explore close to the ferry: Pier 23 or upstairs rest at Boudin in FW. Closer to Fort Pt: Presidio Social Club inside Presidio Lombard Gate or Liverpool Lil's (great cheeseburger club at the bar) just outside.

        2. re: TeacherFoodie

          We plan on exploring the ferry building the next day so I would prefer something different. I will look up those options for the next day. Thanks!

        3. re: Civil Bear

          Yes. We will have a car. Thanks for the district info!

          1. re: Civil Bear

            Civil Bear - thanks for the tip about searching for Marina and Cow Hollow districts. I found some interesting options over on Chestnut Street that I'm going to look into - Tipsy Pig, Lucca Deli, Blue Barn, and Kara's Cupcakes - that may work for our lunch. If you have any favorites, let me know!

            1. re: princess00

              To be honest I do not get out that way for lunch very often. I do know that Lucca's is a pretty good Italian Deli.

              Another option would be to hit up Pluto's on Chestnut. It is a local chain, but serves up very fresh salads and sandwiches. You can also get them with tri-tip, which is California's version of BBQ (grilled beef actually).

            1. Rose's Cafe on Union is both good and a total SF scene worth checking out. My absolute favorite local spot is up the hill in pac heights - La Mediterranean.

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              1. re: buildingskills

                I second Rose's Cafe, a small, friendly place with very good and interesting food.

              2. Well, if you are including Chestnut and Union St then I would try The Grove for sandwiches, A16 (not always open for lunch, you will have to check days on the web) for a light pizza/pasta or salad. Lucca is a good deli. Betelnut is not sandwiches but I like their Singaporan food and they are open for lunch. There are two Warming Huts in Crissy Field, one on each side (east and west) and I was not too impressed with the eastern hut - the bitterest latte I've ever had. There's Umami Burger on Union for the most amazing truffled hamburger (but don't confuse it with a nearby Japanese restaurant named Umami). I liked the Presidio Social Club.

                1. Green's Restaurant Building A, Fort Mason
                  San Francisco, CA
                  (415) 771-6222
                  This is an excellent vegetarian restaurant and I am not a vegetarian. Chef/owner Annie Somerville oversees the daily menu. Also on Sunday from 9:30 to 1:30 the Fort Mason Farmer's Market has some interesting food stalls.