Cafes in Tenderloin

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Homestyle Thai | Vegetarian Options | Fruit Smoothies

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: chicken satay
  • Entree: massaman
  • Dessert: mango ice cream
  • Beverage: homemade fresh lime soda

Where to Sit: Couples looking for a bit of privacy should request the back table that's partitioned off from the rest of the dining room and sits under its own wooden roof.

Insider Tip: Load up on veggies. According to The Stranger, "they work small miracles with green beans,"

Backstory: Jamjuree was originally founded in Bangkok by three sisters and one brother. When some of the family members immigrated to Seattle, they opened this American branch.

Vocabulary Guide
Massaman: a yellow Thai curry with Muslim origins. It features many traditional Thai ingredients, including coconut milk and bay leaves.
Satay: meat (or sometimes veggies or tofu) that’s been marinated and grilled on a skewer. At the table, it’s traditionally dipped in peanut sauce.

While You're in the Neighborhood:
For the Romantic: Pick up a bouquet of flowers to surprise a loved one or your favorite Jamjuree chef from Flowers on 15th (515 15th Avenue East)

For the Recycler: Browse the racks at Take 2 (430 15th Avenue East) and possibly give some stylish secondhand clothes a new home.

577 Geary St
San Francisco,

In Focus: Hooker's Sweet Treats

  • Specialty: handmade salted caramels
  • The sweet that started it all: the OG, a buttery caramel encased in organic, fair-trade dark chocolate and dusted with smoked sea salt
  • Martha Stewart's recommendation: the 3rd Nut caramel, an OG chock-full of almonds, cashews, and pecans
  • Other sweets: strawberry-chocolate-chip bread pudding and caramel pralines, which 7x7 deemed one of the city’s best cookies
  • Local retailers with Hooker's products: Sightglass Coffee, Rare Device, and Bi-Rite Market

442 Hyde St
San Francisco,

In Focus: Honey Honey Cafe and Crepery

  • Specialties: sweet and savory crepes, hearty breakfast plates, and classic sandwiches
  • Most athletic menu item: the Miami Heat crepe with chicken, cheddar, avocado, scallions, and spicy hot sauce
  • Item most likely to be mistaken for dessert: the strawberry-and-Nutella crepe with ice cream
  • How you’ll know you’re at the right place: Look for the bright-yellow awning painted with turquoise diamonds.
  • Amenities: free WiFi and outdoor seating

597 Post St
San Francisco,

In Focus: Cafe Bean

  • Neighborhood: Tenderloin
  • Specialties: coffee drinks, chai tea, and internationally inspired café fare for breakfast and lunch
  • The size of their dutch pancakes: as big as your plate
  • Name of the café’s friendly owner: Chester
  • Best place to lounge: by the window, where there’s a long couch with overstuffed pillows
  • Where to eat on a nice day: on the outdoor patio
  • Why it always looks sunny inside: The café has bright yellow walls.

800 Sutter St
San Francisco,

Five Things to Know About What a Grind Coffee House

What a Grind is a homey café on Post Street filled with a mix of regulars and newcomers catching their first whiff of the ambrosial house blends. Read on to discover more about this neighborhood spot.

  • Yes, they have WiFi.
  • Sam is the proprietor. He makes everybody feel at home, and if you're a frequent visitor, he'll remember your name.
  • Gourmet coffee is the main draw. Baristas serve up everything from straight espresso and café au lait to mochas and caramel macchiatos. Chilled beverages include iced coffee (with coffee ice cubes to keep it strong) and mocha frappes.
  • There's plenty of food, too. You can munch on bagels and pastries at breakfast or a variety of sandwiches and salads for lunch.
  • It shouldn't be hard to get to. The shop is located on the Muni line between Hyde and Leavenworth.

881 Post St
San Francisco,

A 2010 Best of the BayList coffee-shop nominee, Sugar Cafe's daytime, caffeinated digs mellow into a moody lounge by night. Mornings buzz on fresh brews by Bicycle coffee, an organic and sustainable brand of South American beans. Lunch favorites skew from flavorful egg-salad sandwiches ($7.95) to the Mangia! salad, a toss up of salami, chickpeas, roasted red peppers, red onion, and kalamata olives ($8.25). Blow up inflatable brunch dates for plates such as pancakes fully loaded ($7.95) or stuffed french toast, aptly shoved with lemon cream cheese, fresh blueberries, whipped cream, and seasonal fruit ($7.50). After 5 p.m., Sugar switches gears, crawling into its less-than-dark hole with help from a fireplace seating area and very important conversations. Watch wall-projected movies as you nosh on house sliders ($10) or the vegetarian-friendly truffle mac 'n' cheese ($8). Stay late to sip an array of freshly shaken martinis beneath the ethereal, purple glow, which attracts a cultural crosscut of art students, doctors, entrepreneurs, and people eaters.

679 Sutter St
San Francisco,