Cafes in San Francisco


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  • Lou's Cafe
    Lou’s Cafe: A User’s Guide Generously Stacked Sandwiches | Toasted to Order | Housemade Sauces and Spreads Sample Menu Sandwich: LLB Special—roast beef, turkey, ham, swiss, provolone, and Lou’s Special Sauce on dutch crunch Side: new england clam chowder Beverage: iced caffe mocha About the Owners: After 19 years in a delicatessen catering department, Ramana Brodeth knew her way around a sandwich. In 2010, she and her sons, TJ and Mark, opened Lou’s Cafe. One of them is always behind the counter, crafting inventive, satisfying sandwiches and topping them with Lou’s Special Sauce, a housemade garlic-and-herb aioli. From the Press “This family run cafe in San Francisco's Richmond District is exactly what a good sandwich shop should be - incredibly welcoming, with fresh, filling sandwiches at honest prices.” — SFGate “The fixings are primo, to be sure, but its Lou’s sauces and breads that separate them from the San Francisco sandwich pack.” — The Daily Meal “We're partial to the LLB Special on Dutch Crunch, but we think the breakfast sandwich is the most rave-worthy item here.” — SF Weekly Inside Tips Because seating is sparse, most customers take their orders to go. Don’t be daunted by a long line—it moves pretty quickly. To minimize your wait, download GoPago to order from your phone. When you get to Lou’s, skip the line and go straight to the GoPago pickup spot. Vocab Lesson Dutch crunch: also called “tiger bread,” this roll features a mottled exterior that hides a soft, chewy center. Bakers use sesame oil to lend it a distinct aroma, and paint the top with rice paste before baking it to create a cracked appearance and salty-sweet flavor. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Take a stroll through Clement Nursery (1921 Clement Street), the oldest in SF, housed in lovingly restored farm buildings. After: Make a picnic of it and let the kids run around the renovated Argonne Playground (18th Avenue & Geary Boulveard); three picnic tables sit alongside the tennis courts.
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    5017 Geary Blvd
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Samovar Tea Lounge
    Your senses seem stronger inside Samovar Tea Lounge. Warm sunlight streams through tall windows and hushed conversation mingles with the sound of tea flowing from nubbly iron kettles, their contents perfuming the air with hints of herbs, smoke, toasted rice, flowers, and revolutions in Boston. This is owner Jesse Jacobs' vision, what he describes on his website as "an escape from the overflow of information" into an intimate space for human interaction, carved out by the global ritual of sharing tea. This global emphasis inspires an artisanal menu of small plates and sandwiches that could conceivably be served during tea services in India and Morocco, or, in a playful turn by the chef, the Paleolithic era. It is the tea, however, that enables guests to get acquainted with international terroir without sneaking small shrubs through customs. Small, family farms in countries including Kenya, Paraguay, and Nepal, many of them organic, send their whole-leaf brews to fill Samovar's carefully curated collection. Each of its three locations serves the entire menu, which is comprehensive enough to classify oolong and pu-erh separately and boast vintage blends dating back to 1989.
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    297 Page St.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Epicenter Cafe
    Don't settle for an inferior brew! The java at Epicenter Cafe will perk you right up. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Epicenter Cafe's menu does not offer low-fat options. Stay connected at no cost thanks to Epicenter Cafe's wifi. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Epicenter Cafe has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. No need to gussy up for a trip to Epicenter Cafe, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. You can also serve food from Epicenter Cafe at your next party — the coffee shop offers catering. Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the coffee shop's Harrison St location offers nearby street parking. Chow down for less at Epicenter Cafe, where a meal almost always costs under $15. Epicenter Cafe has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
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    764 Harrison St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Frapez Smoothie Spa
    Stinging nettles; squash-ginger twist; Happy Feet. Frapez Smoothie Spa's organic beverages sound like yoga poses and are likewise designed to balance and detoxify the body. Hot smoothies pack in the same fruit-sourced nutrients as cold smoothies, minus the brain freeze and moist handshakes. Teas, such as dandelion leaf, and juices, such as the energizing wheatgrass, further support the Frapez mission of infusing lives with a convenient supply of nutrients. Frapez's in-house nutritionist provides one-on-one consultations to help clients develop nutrition programs that fit their lifestyles. Detox programs combine the shop's smoothies and teas in regimens designed to clean out and energize the body's organs.
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    4092 18th St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Luv A Java
    Four Things to Know About Luv A Java A cozy neighborhood hangout, Luv A Java is more than just a spot to grab a cuppa. Read on to learn more about this Noe Valley café. Local artists enrich the scene. Works crafted by local painters hang on the walls, and every other Thursday night, crooners round the open mic. Regulars rave about the coffee. Luv A Java’s signature blend marries italian and french roasts, so it tastes just as luscious straight up or in a café au lait. Start your morning with a hearty bagel sandwich. Or have one for lunch. They also recently rolled out a midday menu featuring a veggie garden sandwich guests adore. Spend your day here. Free WiFi helps pass the time, as do a library of books for sale or perusal.
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    1300 Dolores St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Contraband Coffee Bar
    Featured in San Francisco Weekly’s food blog for their high-quality caffeinated drips, Contraband Coffee Bar owners Nathan and Josh cultivate an atmosphere of appreciation for expertly brewed beverages. Meticulous baristas combine crema-topped shots of espresso with delicately steamed milk in generously portioned mugs, swirling designs into the tops of beverages that effectively hypnotize any would-be sip stealers. Patrons may choose to perch at a few counters, tables, or a central community table crafted from pale, modern wood and adorned with minimalist floral arrangements. The shop's WiFi-rich interior invites guests to stay for a while, and its Polk Gulch locale lends itself to slow, caffeine-fueled strolls through the neighborhood.
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    1415 Larkin St
    San Francisco, CA US
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