I’m sure all of you working in the city know what it’s like to grab lunch anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m…. lines are long, people are in a rush, and it’s a hustle-and-go type attitude. For this reason, I always like to know where I’m going and what I’m ordering because an hour only gets you so far. Hopefully my lunch time adventures will make choosing your next meal a little easier. So here’s my first post under a new category, “Work Lunch”.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Good, not great.
Tasty but nothing out of this world. Also, although it left me satisfied, it is a little on the smaller side – size wise. Will go back to try a salad.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
On my way to Orale Orale (review coming soon!) I passed by a place that caught my eye. Foccacia is spacious with wide open doors and a very sleek, clean look. I contemplated forgoing my original lunch idea to try something new, but it only took me 2.5 seconds to realize there were probably 40 people in line. I shrugged it off and went next door. It wasn’t until the following Monday, when I found myself lunch-less, that I chose to stop in. I was in between two places (Focaccia and Stone Korean Kitchen). I had walked to the latter because I was in the mood for something warm since Fall seemed to be making an entrance here in SF. I’ll cut to the chase and explain that I ended up at Focaccia because I was being frugal and I couldn’t justify spending $16 on a “Crazy Korean” bowl (that is what I hear you are supposed to order).
… Anyways, 5 minutes later I found myself at the sandwich counter because the line for salad was about 15 people deep (there are two counters: one for sandwiches and pre-made hot foods and the other for salads). I hear that the salads are a great deal and one of the main attractions, so for the sake of being thorough I will go back soon and try a salad (review to follow).
A full sandwich is $7.95 and a half $5.25. The categories are broken down by breads, cheeses, spreads, meats and produce. I waited less than a minute before the guy called “next” and as I was reciting my order, he was making the sandwich. I opted to have it heated so I waited about 2 additional minutes, and then went to a separate counter to pay. My total was $8.63.
What I ate:
- 1 sandwich: focaccia bread (I mean that IS their name), pesto spread, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato and lettuce (which are mixed greens).
When I walk into a place, especially if it’s my first time, I appreciate a nice employee and good service. The guy at the sandwich counter seemed rushed and borderline rude, which I found off putting since there was no one behind me in line. I proceeded to tell him it was my first time and asked if I was allowed to pick only one item out of each category, to which he simply nodded. I’m not expecting a guidebook with instructions, but it would have been nice (and made up for the staff member’s lack of enthusiasm) if the board had simply said “choose 1 of the following”.
Side note: You can order half sandwich/half salad, but you are limited to the two choices they have for pre-made salads.
When I got to the counter to pay, the lady was very nice and informative. She explained that I was charged tax because my sandwich was heated up. I have to admit that I just assume tax on everything (I’m that person that gets happy when I’m not charged tax but can’t tell you why it was omitted). I do know that certain things are taxed if you choose to eat there versus to-go, but I had no idea that asking for my sandwich to be put in a toaster for less than a minute was going to cost me. Not that tax on $7.95 will break the bank, but it was news nonetheless. This, of course, isn’t something to take out on Focaccia personally since it happens everywhere, but I just thought you should know in case you choose it’s not worth the extra quarters. I found this nifty article that explains tax on food for all those interested.
When he was making my sandwich I was a little worried because the bread seemed small and pretty thin, but it turned out to be enough and I was satisfied. The prosciutto was not the highest quality and was cut pretty thick (I like my deli meats thinly sliced), but I did like that he didn’t skimp on the fresh mozzarella and the toppings were a notch above the typical choices you would find at a deli. Each bite wasn’t mouthwatering or anything to write home about, but it was fresh and the bread had a nice crisp to it. Also, the price point is on the lower side for the financial district and I like that it’s a pretty healthy option.