From Our Editors
Mercury Cafe: A User’s Guide
- Drink: mocha made with fair trade De La Paz Coffee and Recchiuti chocolate
- Made-to-order sandwich: salame—San Francisco’s Molinari salame with provolone cheese
- House-made soup: red-lentil with celery, carrots, onions, garlic, and a dash of rosemary and thyme
Sustainable Focus Apart from the locally roasted coffees, it serves up veggies from Veritable Vegetable, deli meats from Molinari Brothers, dairy from Gilt Edge Creamery, and bread from Acme Bread Company. As the cafe’s website says, “Our food is as local and organic as we can afford without becoming unaffordable.”
Beyond Coffee Beers from Northern California and Portland, such as Racer 5 IPA from Bear Republic Brewing, join a limited selection of wine.
Where to Sit Spread out your work or museum-heist plans on a big, solid-wood table in the high-ceilinged cafe, or step outside, past the totem pole near the entrance, to the newly finished parklet—a deck-style patio that covers two parking spaces.
While You’re Waiting
- Peruse one of the cafe’s many books, magazines, or comics.
- Check out the local art hanging on the walls.
- Sometimes the music can get loud. If you need to concentrate on work, pack a pair of headphones.
- Call 48 hours in advance if you want one of their popular organic pies. They need all that time for preparation, as they make them completely from scratch right there at the cafe.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Grab some literature about keeping a cool head at the San Fransisco Zen Book Store (300 Page St), just in case the meal conversation gets heated..
After: Grab a martini and listen to the piano player at Martuni’s (4 Valencia St).