If you work around Civic Center and really need a break from staring at the same email for the fourth read-over, take a half hour and go to Bi-Rite Cafe right in front of City Hall. This small outpost has a bunch of outdoor seating for when the weather is nice and a menu of things like sandwiches and salads to get you through the rest of the day. We like the barbecue chicken sandwich on a dutch crunch roll, and if it’s been an especially long day, they have soft serve that you can eat while you wait for your lunch.
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Charmaine’s is the rooftop bar at the San Francisco Proper hotel in the Civic Center.
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August 1 Five on Van Ness brings a very good restaurant option to a part of town that needs more of them.
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Pearl is a great option for a long weekend brunch or a casual weeknight dinner in the Richmond.
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Saigon Sandwich’s Sandwiches are $4 and pack more punch than most of the city’s pricier offerings. The best cheap lunch in the game.
Oren’s Hummus in SoMa serves Israeli food and is perfect for a casual business lunch with coworkers and clients.
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