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Village Market, Inner Richmond [San Francisco]

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I could've sworn about this place before, but can't find the post--maybe it was just on twitter.

Village Market is a small upscale grocery on 8th and California in San Francisco. They sell a lot of high-end grocery products you might expect at Bi-Rite but aren't as common 'round these parts: baked goods from La Cocina, Straus dairy products, King Arthur flour, organic small-farm vegetables in a small produce section.

Most interesting is their small deli counter, which turns out an excellent short lunch menu, usually one salad and one sandwich per day. They do a great egg sandwich for weekday breakfast, crepes for weekend brunch, and today I had a fantastic meatloaf sandwich with ciabatta and fresh mozzarella on toasted bread. Not cheap at $12, but considering the high cost of the ingredients (I think it was Prather beef), maybe reasonable. There are maybe 12 seats, and it's become a very friendly neighborhood gathering place with strollers, textbooks and laptops.

They also brew Blue Bottle coffee and make better espresso drinks than the dodgy cups prepared by most non BB-owned outlets.

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  1. yes, it's been a neighborhood draw for 20 years at 4555 California St. - even before they opened their Ferry Building location. Thanks for the reminder.