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Spice Kit

image_1Spice Kit – SoMa

Serves up Asian street food over at 405 Howard St. in the SOMA. They stick to a select few dishes like the Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) and Ssam (Korean wrap). They have salads and three different sides to choose from, steamed pork buns, lotus chips, or ginger-peanut slaw. I didn’t order any sides during my visit to Spice Kit, but instead opted for a reliable Bahn mi to appease the hunger gods.

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It was your standard roasted pork bahn mi containing pickled carrots, daikon radish, cucumbers, jalapenos, the roasted pork, and cilantro, all inside a toasted baguette. When I got the sandwich, I noticed the cilantro was a little wilted. I’m sure it was a fluke, but I’ll have to go back just to be sure. Regardless, I more than happily scarfed it down. It was still a damn good sandwich for just 8 bucks. My coworkers enjoy going here, so I’ll probably have another experience with them in the future. If and when I do, I’ll be sure to update this post!

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Fresh Roll

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Fresh Roll – SoMaimage_2

Modern Vietnamese restaurant located right next to The Metreon. They’ve got a variety of cheap (by SF standards of course) foods as seen below on the menu (from their Facebook)

I wasn’t in the mood for Pho, but I couldn’t resist the allure of a Bahn Mi. I walked in to find the place had a rather familiar yellow and green motif everywhere. It was almost like they were endorsed by Sprite (Coca Cola Co.)! I kept my thoughts to myself and ordered a Lemongrass Pork Bahn Mi to go. It had all the standard veggies –  letimage_3tuce, bean sprouts, cilantro, cucumbers, jalapenos, and a little pineapple.

The bread was fantastic, which it should always be, considering bahn translates to bread in Vietnamese.

They put on more than a healthy order of Lemongrass Pork on the sandwich, as so it was overflowing! When someone makes a sandwich OVERFLOWING with awesome ingredients, it makes me a very happy camper.

It might be because I was starved after working, but this seemed to me like the best Bahn Mi I had in SF so far. There was just the right amount of tangyness, more pork than you could fit in a sandwich, enough jalapeno slices to make the sandwich spicy without overpowering the other flavors, and the perfect amount of cilantro (I love lots of cilantro).

It was only $7 and some change. If you want a quick + cheap bite and you’re in SOMA near the Metreon. Go grab a sandwich at Fresh Roll!Freshroll on Urbanspoonimage_1

 

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Chaat Cafe

image_3Chaat Cafe – SoMa

Indian restaurant located on Third and Howard.. It’s fairly close to Pazzia and since so many people on Yelp were raving about the Chicken Tikka Masala, I figured I owed them a visit.

I wanted something filling and boy did I come to the right place. Chaat Cafe has a huge selection of dishes, which for the most part are around $10 a pop. They’ve even got pictures of the dishes in case you’re like me in having no idea what Malai Kofta, Samosa Chaat, or Paneer Pakora are.

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I went in on a weekday evening; there were only a few customers, but they had around 8 people working there at the time. This made for great service, don’t get me wrong. However, I’m not sure if it was economically sound.

But I digress; The meal was pretty tasty. I don’t eat Indian food that often, so I wasn’t sure of the best way to tackle my Chicken Tikka Masala, or what the dish was comprised of for that matter. I decided to ladle the dish onto my plate of rice. This worked out very well and seemed like the best way to handle it. I discovered that the dish contains house roasted spices, tomatoes, onions, cream, and a little fenugreek after asking my waitress, who brought me my food very quickly.

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Pazzia

image_1Pazzia – SoMa

Everything seemed very authentic – the menu was in both Italian and English and they had a wide array of Italian dishes from Gnocchi Pomodoro to Chicken Marsala. We were even served a bit of roasted bread and given some oil to tide us over before ordering.

I was feeling rather full from a few beers I had been drinking earlier, so I ended up splitting the pizza del giorno with my partner in crime. While the name of the “pizza of the day” eludes me – due in one part alcohol and one part to exhaustion – it was expertly made with fresh prosciutto, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese. The crust was thin and crispy, even cracker-esque. It was a very fundamental pizza, but the simplicity forced you to concentrate on the quality individual components of the pizza – in this case, a very good thing.

The atmosphere was great. There were a lot of people laughing and having a good time. The lighting was dim, but not so dim that you couldn’t see what you were eating. The restaurant was pretty packed around 8PM on a Wednesday night, but we were served very promptly even without reservations. I would definitely come back here just to get try another one of their pizzas! I can’t vouch for any of the other dishes, but Pazzia knows pizza. Ciao image_2

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What’s Up Dog!

What’s Up Dog – SoMa

This hotdog joint has 5 separate locations in San Francisco. Recently, they’ve expanded their horizons with their latest establishment in Moscow! Instead of buying a plane ticket and a warm jacket, I had to settle for their location on Beale street.

They’ve got so many dogs, you won’t know which one to choose. Take a look at all those dogs on their menu! Most of their hot dogs are under $5 too! I couldn’t decide. It was pretty cold, so I decided on something spicy. I ended up ordering their Louisiana hotlink.

It might not look like much, but there was a lot of flavor packed in here! I’m not entirely sure what type of bread it was, but it was filling, fancy, and fresh! I admit I did go a little overboard with the toppings, but I have no regrets! I’ll definitely be back again for their signature dog or just to say, “What’s up?”

 

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Brass Knuckle

Brass Knuckle – SoMa

I was walking around downtown one day, when I noticed a ton of people ducking into an alleyway somewhere around 528 Mission St. San Francisco, CA .

There are usually two to three food trucks parked in this particular alleyway. Pictured above is Tandoori Chicken USA with a burger truck behind it. Sadly, I didn’t get to check out since I was running a little late. The truck I decided to grab a bite from before work, was non other than, Brass Knuckle. Their website states that they’ve even been featured on The Food Network! I don’t subscribe to TV anymore, but I figured that it was a good sign that this place was good!

I decided I was going to ask someone in line (hopefully a regular costumer) what I should order. I had done this before at Sushrrito, but I wasn’t entirely happy with the results. I figured if I actually asked for a recommendation, it might go a bit better. So I explained to some random guy that I had never been to this food truck before and that I wanted to get his opinion on what to order. He told me that one of their best items was the “Fryin’ Maiden”. It was at the top of their menu, so I figured this guy must know what he’s talking about.

   I got my food fairly quickly considering there were around 10-15 people waiting in line at the Brass Knuckle food truck. I decided to find some shade and eat my sandwich in peace since there really wasn’t any place to do so in the alley.  I opened up the box to find what looked like Coleslaw on top of some friend chicken.

It may be hard to make out, but the sandwich I got is at the top of the menu to the left. It’s described as having Buttermilk Fried Chicken with apple jalapeno slaw.

I didn’t taste any jalapenos in the sandwich, which would have been nice, because I usually like a little bit of kick to my chicken. The chicken itself was definitely the best part of the sandwich. It seemed as if it had been shredded and then fried. It was far from dry and even had some sort of awesome rub on it.  The apple was apparent, but it was counteracted by the presence of far too much mayo. Luckily, the truck had bottles of sriracha, which I used liberally.

I’m not sure if the chicken sandwich was the best choice, but it was decent. I saw someone order the “Occupy SF Fries” and they looked amazing. I can’t say that I blame the guy who recommended the chicken sandwich to me. It just sounded a little more extravagant than it actually was… *EDIT* I wish it would have looked a little more like Patricia Suh’s fryin’ maiden.

Since this food truck is usually so close to my work place, I’ll definitely have to come back and give another one of their items a try and when I do I’ll update this post!

 

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Sushirrito

Sushiritto – SoMa & Financial District

has been a busy place ever since it opened. This is partly due to the restaurant’s small size and short open hours. However, it’s mostly, because of the great food! It’s so small that they’ve usually got a line winding outside of their small establishment onto the sidewalk. They’re only open Mon-Fri 11AM – 3PM! I’d usually rather go out for dinner rather than lunch, but Sushiritto gave me no choice.

I got to Sushiritto a little after noon. I had no idea what to get, so I decided I would simply order whatever the person in front of me was ordering.

It was a little hectic in there to say the least. I suppose it was everyone’s lunch hour at the time, but Sushirrito did a good job at keeping the line moving in a somewhat orderly fashion. When I was finally able to see their menu, I considered ordering the Salmon Samba. But, I decided to keep my word and just order whatever the guy in front of me was ordering.

The guy in front of me ended up ordering the Porkivore, which didn’t even seem to have any fish in it. I love me some good roasted pork, so I didn’t mind this fellow’s order. I got my food about 5 minutes after I had ordered and I took it outside since there really isn’t any in-house seating available. It was a beautiful day and the burrito itself was just as full of beauty.

The Porkivore was pretty damn greasy though. The tasty kind of greasy, probably some sort of oil, but I couldn’t put my finger on what type. The burrito could have benefited with a bit more cilantro, but then again..  I like an oddly large amount of cilantro on my foods.

Soon after I finished with my burrito, I was back at work and I told my coworkers of my experience. It appears that another one of my coworkers had been to Sushiritto and ended up ordering the chicken roll at one point (not pictured on the menu above). He said the chicken roll had also been pretty greasy…

I’m determined to go back and visit Sushiritto again. Judging by the way my last burrito went, it will certainly be delicious. But, I have to order another roll with fish in it to find out if it’s just as oily as the meat. I’ll update this post next time I visit!

 

UPDATE

I made it back to Sushirrito two days ago and was finally able to try out the Salmon Samba. It turns out that the Salmon Samba was indeed oily, but not nearly as oily as the Porkivore had been. Maybe the oil is to make sure that the roll isn’t dry, but I feel like it’s a tad unnecessary.

I definitely preferred the salmon to the pork roll. I would like to go back and try their other items on the menu. Sushirrito is probably not something you should be eating everyday, but for a quick lunch it’s a good bet and a delicious one at that. This is what makes the establishment so successful with the white collared crowd on their lunch breaks in SOMA. If you have’t already, go check out Sushirrito for yourself!

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Ki

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Ki – SoMa

Located at 540 Howard St. They’ve got pretty decent yelp reviews, which helped persuade my buddy who wasn’t sure if he wanted sushi. Me? I’m always in the mood for raw fish! So, when we walked in to grab a bite, we had no idea how nice the place was.

The indirect lighting of the bar, the weird fixtures hanging from the ceiling, and numerous types of artwork adorning the wall all made for a surreal experience. I thought it was a sure sign that I’d be paying too much for my food! I had to grit my teeth and bear with it, because I was starved.

 

We were seated after a couple minutes of waiting, which was entirely understandable considering they were hosting some sort of Better Home and Garden event (I would say party, but it was anything but). There weren’t any waiting chairs or stools. They may have all been in the banquet room, but I didn’t mind the absence of seating.

Somehow, I hadn’t noticed that the one menu I received was the black sheep. I had gotten stuck with the only menu that didn’t light up. What kind of restaurant has light up menus? It was unnecessary, but still kinda neat.
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I ordered the Arctic Char Avocado. Everyone else ordered a couple assorted rolls including the How Weird roll. This roll sounds disgusting from the description – Spicy albacore tuna, avocado, beets, and tempura bits topped with scallops, serrano peppers, and a sweet peanut sauce. I didn’t think it would be any good at all, but it turned out that it was my favorite roll!

The time passed quickly partly due to a bottle of sparkling sake, which I had never partaken in before. It was a little sweeter than other sake I have had before. Definitely something to try if you like sake.

Ki had once again ambushed me with something surprisingly tasty. I have to give the restaurant props for doing things a little differently. It was a little pricier than your average roll, but still not nearly as bad as I had imagined it would be. The location is nice, atmosphere awesome, and the food great!

 

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