Luckily in San Francisco, we have a bit more space in our kitchens than those in cities like New York, which makes it a bit less challenging to cook nightly dinners or host small gatherings at home. Although I love to cook and host, sometimes I just don’t have it in me. I’m always super ambitious in the beginning of the work week, then by Thursday I can barley think about spending a few hours cooking. Living in the city for six years right around the block from world class restaurants, I’d say we’re totally spoiled when it comes to easy, casual restaurants. My office orders their employees take-out for lunch everyday so I think we’ve come close to ordering almost all the to-go and delivery options the city offers. Here’s my favs..
The Grove: Multiple locations, but my favorite is a sunny spot outside of their Fillmore Street restaurant. I love their veggie quiche or Berkley Bowl salad. If its a weekend, I’ll add a fresh-squeezed OJ mimosa to sip on. 😉
Souvla: What list isn’t this place on?! Everyone loves Souvla. I eat their chicken salad at least once a week. The Marina location is closest to me, but I love their back patio in NoPa.
Tacko: I feel like I live here. Best. Mexican. In. SF. Food is absolute high quality. I always order the chicken taco salad and I’m no salad-for-dinner girl. Its that satisfying! Also, their tortilla soup always hits the spot if you’re under the weather.
Jane: We always order lunch from the Fillmore location. The Asian Chicken Salad is my go-to. If you’re having a cheat day, their chocolate chip toffee cookie is out of this world. I like their green smoothie and have since copied their recipe and re-create it at home almost everyday for breakfast.
Homegrown: Right in the middle of the Financial District, and they offer online or delivery orders. Their roasted veggie quinoa bowl is a favorite in my office. I have it on my list to stop by for breakfast one of these days.
Wise Sons: We always order their Turkey Sammies for lunch, and I love popping in their bagel shop in Lower Pacific Heights before a weekend drive to Wine Country.
Tacolicious: This is more of a sit down place, but I want to note how great their new lunch menu is! Perfect for a solo lunch with your laptop. I’ve been loving their salad + two taco lunch special.
Roam Burger: Delish veggie or grass-fed burgers. They also have one of the best salads in the city in my opinion, best kept lunch secret, ssshh!
20th Century Cafe: The perfect little spot on a weekend morning in Hayes Valley to grab an open-faced bagel piled with veggies on top. Such a cute little cafe.
Blue Barn: My go-to is the Spring or Winter salad (depending on the season). Great for healthy lunches or dinners.
Mixt Cow Hollow: This location specifically has a hot bar and is much nicer than the downtown locations. I love popping in for a quick healthy dinner. Options include chicken, salmon, steak, broccoli, cauliflower mash, and other healthy choices. For lunch, I like to hang in their cozy, light-filled booths with my laptop and a you-pick salad.
Super Duper: When you need a cheat day or a really good soft-serve ice cream cone on a (rare) hot day.
Little Gem: I like the buzz in their Hayes Valley location. Perfect for meetings and they make a damn good rotisserie chicken salad!
Sababa: Soooo good! Think chipotle for mediterranean food.
Angelina’s: A hidden gem in the Inner Richmond. My go-to is the pesto-turkey sandwich to bring to the beach, or a quick coffee and cookie for a pick-me up. Their iced coffee is weirdly amazing.
Delfina: Up-scale pizza take-out with easy online ordering. Unsure if “up-scale” and “pizza” go hand-and-hand, but I feel like their pizza is a *tad* healthier than the usual NY style delivery, and the taste brings me right back to Naples.
The Sandwich Spot SF: Perfect for the park and HUGE. A classic “sub” as us New Englanders call them. Note: they’re closed Sundays.
Nourish: I like their light-filled little Inner Richmond space, but they also have a spot in Nob Hill. Incredible acai bowls, vegan baked goods, and huge, vegan salads.