Soup is the ultimate meal for equal-opportunity foodies, because every slurp disseminates the blended flavors to each taste bud without prejudice. A selection of handmade bowl-fillers, sandwiches, breakfast treats, and salads won't leave diners wanting for variety. Signature soups (from $4.84) include non-dairy, gluten-free, spicy, low-fat, vegetarian, and low-carb choices. Mop up a piping-hot bowl of organic smoky split pea, tomato bisque, or Mexican chicken tortilla soup with a complimentary tear of sourdough bread to ease your stomach through mid-week working pains. Soups are served in three sizes from 12 oz. up to 32 oz. Customize your own roughage at one of the new custom-tossed salad bars at the 221 Montgomery Street, UC Berkeley, 1950 University Avenue, San Francisco Shopping Centre, 315 California Street, or 580 California Street locations. Order your choice of organic greens (romaine, mixed, or spinach), and one of the top-notch tossers will twirl in a variety of toppings, meats, and dressings for a truly personalized bite. View a complete list of possible options here. Not one to discriminate against meals, San Francisco Soup Company also gets the day started with morning tastes from fresh fruit yogurt parfaits to organic steel-cut oatmeal.
The expert protein wranglers at Carroll's Meats delight patrons with lovingly sliced deli meats and a history that stretches back nearly a century. This Groupon can be redeemed at the deli counter for half a dozen delectable cold cuts, including blackened tri-tip beef, barbecue roast beef, lemon-garlic turkey, peppered turkey, roast turkey, or sausages, allowing patrons to stock up on materials for making sandwiches at home or sewing duvet covers out of meat slices (prices vary by availability and season).
Dontaye Ball started honing his culinary skills at age 8, baking cookies and cakes in his grandmother’s kitchen. Though the inveterate chef has expanded his repertoire over the years, taking time to execute fine Italian cuisine for Delfina and Catalan fare for Contigo, he still champions comforting, simple soul food.
Chef Ball starts with classic comfort-food recipes and enhances them with gourmet flourishes. He adds a handful of fresh thyme to buttermilk fried chicken, for instance, and uses pork belly to make meatloaf. He also caters large events such as birthday parties and corporate roasts with his award-winning slow-smoked and barbecued meats, which he slathers with from-scratch barbecue sauce.
Sunrise Deli pleases palates with award-winning Middle Eastern cuisine, concocting falafels lauded by SF Weekly and San Francisco Chronicle. For more than a quarter century, chefs have grilled kebabs, stuffed pita envelopes with love letters, and loaded dishes with hummus, fresh yogurt, and olives. Sunrise Deli acquires its meat from local ranches and picks its vegetables from local farms to ensure fresh, earth-friendly sustenance. Every day, round loaves of sesame bread pop out of the oven alongside piping-hot armenian pizzas and spinach pies. Sunrise Deli also caters platters laden with baba ghanouj and meat kebabs to family gatherings or teddy-bear picnics.
The chefs of San Buena Taco Truck grill asada and carnitas inside roaming kitchens, delighting taste buds across the city with four trucks and a bustling catering department. Each truck totes a station for dousing spicy tacos, quesadillas, and burritos with salsa verde and guacamole, and stocks a refrigerator with beverages from south of the border, including tamarindo and Mexican Coca-Cola. Caterers travel to special occasions, such as weddings and discoveries of lost remotes, dishing fare en masse. They count Whole Foods Market, Lucasfilm, and Genentech among their satisfied, sated clientele.