The Mexican-Style Grasshopper Tacos You Have to Try When You're in South Beach
Lovingly known as 'Pip To Go,' this take-out window in the back of Basque-inspired restaurant Piperade is located in Levi Plaza in the Williams-Sonoma complex. It's a great low-key lunch alternative to the buttoned-up Piperade, and the food still retains its Spanish flair. Try the reasonably-priced Mr. Williams sandwich (named after Williams-Sonoma Founder Chuck Williams).
Café meets art gallery at Red Door Coffee, which has two locations in downtown San Francisco. Serving up all the local favorites -- Four Barrel Coffee, Dynamo Donuts, TCHO chocolates, and Strauss Family Creamery milk -- this big, bright café is perfect for breakfast on the way to work, a meeting, or hanging out with your laptop.
Owned by the same people who run the popular artisan sandwich spot The Sentinel, The Golden West is a hole-in-the-wall located off of an alley by the Montgomery BART stop (it's lit by the neon 'Au' sign). Don’t sweat the long line -- it moves quickly and is there for a reason. Go for the delicious short rib, tri-tip, or pulled pork sandwich and enjoy a cold drink while you wait.
Little Skillet fully operates out of 330 Ritch's kitchen, and is run by the same dudes that opened Farmer Brown. It's a minuscule, alley-bound to-go window that sells crazy-good soul food (including some of SF proper's best chicken & waffles), as well as great brew.
A tiny, hidden spot that you're sure to miss the first few times you walk by, Jackson Place serves coffee, breakfast, and lunch paninis, but be quick: they're only open 'til 2p.
A watering hole Scissors would never go near, The Rock Bar's a Southern Mish imbibe-ery from the folks behind The Front Porch, with a Temple of Doom-mine-cart-chase-worthy interior pairing artifacts from one of the owner’s silver-quarrying dads (including an honest-to-God blasting permit) with miscellany you'd expect to find in a mine, like amethysts, crystals, and 33 trapped Chileans.