San Francisco

Where to Order Your Work From Home Lunch in San Francisco

You could use a little variety.

Courtesy of Asian Box
Courtesy of Asian Box
Courtesy of Asian Box

So much of San Francisco is shut down, but if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’re still in possession of a job, working from home, and keeping some kind of semblance of a normal schedule. But despite how normal you’re trying to keep things, there’s a good chance your usual lunch spot, whether it be the deli on the corner or one of the fancy cafeterias at your tech company, isn’t available.

While we’re all for a bowl of cereal for every single meal of the day, we’re going to be in this predicament for at least another month, which means this is the perfect opportunity to continue to support the restaurant industry and treat yourself to a delicious meal that doesn’t come out of a box. From healthy salads to lobster rolls to tacos to bomb-ass deli sandwiches, we found some of the best delivery and takeout options in most SF neighborhoods that will make your lunch break just a little bit better. And, not that we have to remind you, but please be as generous as possible with gratuity. People are struggling right now and every penny counts.

Courtesy of Woodhouse Fish Co.
Courtesy of Woodhouse Fish Co.
Courtesy of Woodhouse Fish Co.

CASTRO

Woodhouse Fish Co.
Call 415-437-2722 for takeout or order for delivery via Caviar 
This seafood spot is offering a limited menu, including a Louis salad with Dungeness crab, a lobster roll, Baja fish tacos, fish and chips, and more, as well as $30 bottles of wine and $4 bottles of beer. We wouldn’t normally encourage drinking during the work day, but if you’re not drinking in the afternoon, it’s highly likely you’re the only one.

Courtesy of Christine Han
Courtesy of Christine Han
Courtesy of Christine Han

COW HOLLOW

Shake Shack
Order online for pickup 
There are going to be days during sheltering-in-place when you want something healthy and nutritious, and there are going to be days when the only way you can get through them is with a ShackBurger, crinkle cut fries, and a frozen custard shake. We’re just relieved that Shake Shack opened in SF when it did so that we don’t have to live through these uncertain times without it. The Fillmore Street location is open from 11am to 8pm for takeout everyday.

DIVISADERO CORRIDOR

4505 Burgers & BBQ
Order online for in-store pickup or for delivery on Caviar, Uber Eats, Grubhub, or DoorDash
Whether you’re craving a plate of smoked meat, a hearty burger, or a cobb salad with all of the delicious things that make salads exciting, like bacon, avocado, egg, and blue cheese, this restaurant, known for having one of SF’s last remaining wood-fired barbecue pits, has it all, including delivery from 11am to 9pm.

DOGPATCH

Just for You Cafe
Order for pickup or delivery via Uber Eats
Just for You is serving up its amazing diner-style breakfasts and lunch dishes from 7:30am to 3pm during the week and 8am to 4pm on the weekend. A few favorites include the frittata, the breakfast burrito, and the biscuits and gravy, and if you’re craving something a little lighter, the spinach salad with chicken. Out of Champagne and don’t want to hit up the store? Just for You is also selling 16oz mimosas for pickup orders.

EMBARCADERO

Pier 23
Call 415-362-5125 for pickup or order for delivery through Caviar or DoorDash
You won’t get to enjoy the waterfront views while eating, but you can enjoy a limited menu from noon to 5pm, including clam chowder, crab cakes, pork and oyster jambalaya, Dungeness crab and Bay shrimp melt, bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, baked gnocchi, or a three-course meal for $15 that includes chowder, a salad, and a choice of mains (get the melt!). Pier 23 also has cocktails and beer available to-go.

Courtesy of Mixt
Courtesy of Mixt
Courtesy of Mixt

FINANCIAL DISTRICT

Mixt
Order online for pickup or delivery
Get a huge healthy (or as healthy as you want it, anyway) salad from one of Mixt’s four locations, and pay-it-forward to healthcare workers or someone impacted by COVID-19 by buying their meal. After you make your salad, you can add “Help feed three healthcare workers” or “Help feed someone a healthy meal” before you checkout. Location hours vary with most of them staying open for dinner, but the Kearny Street spot is only open from 10:30am to 3pm.

Courtesy of Burma Superstar
Courtesy of Burma Superstar
Courtesy of Burma Superstar

INNER RICHMOND

Burma Superstar
Place an order for pickup by calling 415-387-2147, or order for delivery via Grubhub
Well, at least there finally won’t be a way to enjoy the flavorful dishes from this popular Burmese restaurant. Right now you can get the tea leaf salad, spicy and crispy chicken, garlic noodles and more for delivery or takeout from 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 8:30pm.

INNER SUNSET

Tartine
Order online for pickup or via Postmates for delivery
We highly recommend maximizing your order if you’re getting lunch from Tartine’s Inner Sunset location (open from 8am to 4pm) by ordering more than “just” lunch. We’d go with the quiche or salmon tartine for the main course and a pastry for dessert, plus a country loaf and a side of hummus or cheese spread for later. Need toilet paper? You can also throw in a roll of that for a buck.

MARINA

Asian Box
Order online for pickup or for delivery via DoorDash, Caviar, or Postmates
Get a fresh, healthy, and filling meal from Asian Box on Chestnut Street. Create your own box, which includes a base (brown rice, jasmine rice, Asian salad, or chilled rice noodles), a choice of protein, like garlic and soy glazed beef or lime basil shrimp, a ton of different toppers, and your choice of sauce. You can also add spring rolls, soup, and even a half bottle of wine. Open from 10am to 7:30pm.

MISSION

Media Noche
Order online for pickup or through Caviar for delivery
The Cuban sandwich spot is slinging satisfying sandwiches from 11:30am to 7:45pm for pickup and delivery. We’re fans of the signature sandwich, an El Cubano with roasted mojo pork shoulder, smoked ham, swiss, house pickles, mustard served on sweet brioche. Media Noche also has a couple of healthy salads and empanadas.

The Italian Homemade Company
The Italian Homemade Company
The Italian Homemade Company

NORTH BEACH

The Italian Homemade Company
Order in-person for takeout or online for delivery
If you’re looking to fill up on an indulgent pasta dish, like pappardelle with bolognese and meatballs or tortellini with browned butter and sage, then you can order for delivery, but if you want one of the traditional flat bread sandwiches, (served cold or warm), you’ll need to pick your order up at the Columbus Avenue location. Our recommendation? Pick up a sandwich for lunch, and pasta to enjoy later.

OUTER SUNSET

Hook Fish Co.
Order online for pickup
Enjoy a delicious meal and help support local fisherman by grabbing takeout from this fish market and restaurant on Irving and 47th Street. Start with an order of poke and chips and get fish tacos, fish and chips, a salad topped with fish, or a crab burger. While you’re there, pickup some fillets or other seafood to take home and cook later. Hook Fish Co. is open every day from 11:30am to 9pm.

POTRERO HILL

Parker Potrero
Order online for pickup or via Grubhub for delivery
This casual French-leaning bistro is offering a limited menu Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm. The salads are huge and delicious (the Asian chopped never disappoints), and the tartines feel like a special treat. Tartine also has a few solid breakfast options as well as bottles of wine at a 40% discount.

Courtesy of Split American Kitchen
Courtesy of Split American Kitchen
Courtesy of Split American Kitchen

RUSSIAN HILL

Split
Order online for pickup or get delivery from Caviar
The American cafe is offering its casual, but sophisticated menu every day from 9am to 9pm. For lunch, choose from a slew of sandwiches, like a crispy chicken sandwich on a toasted challah bun, a couple of burgers, and a bunch of healthy salads, including a design-your-own option. With your order, you can also add a $15 “Help feed someone a healthy meal” option that will go to someone in need.

SOMA

Deli Board
Order in person for takeout or for delivery via Stella Courier
Now, more than ever, we need the magic that is an over-the-top Deli Board sandwich piled high with imaginative combinations of mouthwater ingredients. You can make your own if you want, but that’s just silly when someone knows far better than you what will actually taste delicious, like the Mezman with pastrami, deviled egg salad spread, muenster cheese, cherry peppers, pickles, and Board sauce on garlic dutch crunch. Right now you can get them Monday through Friday from 11am to 4pm.

UPPER HAIGHT

Street Taco
Call in your order at 415-525-4435 or have it delivered by ChowNow
Craving a burrito, but feel like you should really be eating a salad? Get the street bowl from Street Taco, a fried tostada bowl filled with your choice of meat, fish, or veggies, beans, cheese, guacamole, lettuce, and salsa. Street Taco also has tacos (go figure), burritos, nachos, and a quesadilla, and is open daily from 11am to 10pm.Sign up here for our daily San Francisco email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun SF has to offer.

Daisy Barringer is an SF-based freelance writer who is currently hunkering down with her 150-pound Saint Bernard and is pleased to announce that she has yet to open a single one of her 11 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Follow her on Instagram @daisysf to see how she’s staying sane (or failing) during these times.

San Francisco

How to Celebrate Black History Month in San Francisco

Support and celebrate SF's Black community.

Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade

Though it’s something we need to be doing every day of every month of every year, Black History Month encourages us to pay tribute to the struggles and oppression generations of Black Americans have faced, as well as their often-neglected triumphs and achievements that have helped shape this county and make it better. It’s a time to reflect on how we can do better to confront racism and oppression, which this year’s theme, “Black Resistance,” echoes. This is especially important in a town like San Francisco, where the Fillmore District was known as “the Harlem of the West” before the city displaced a vast portion of the neighbourhood’s Black community in the ’60s and ’70s. This displacement continues today, as the Black population is the only racial group that has declined in every census since 1970.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Black History Month, there are lots to do. Whether you want to educate yourself by attending films, performances, or conversations, share the joy at a parade or dance party, or do a little bit of it all at a drag show, here are just a few ways you can get involved and have a lot of fun while doing so:

Visit San Francisco Public Library branches for workshops, films, performances, and more

February (and throughout the year)
Library branches and online
SFPL’s “More Than a Month” celebration focuses on the theme of resistance this year. Family-friendly and adult events include film screenings, musical performances, book clubs, workshops, and more.
Cost: Free

Museum of African Diaspora
Museum of African Diaspora
Museum of African Diaspora

See art, poetry, films, talks, and more at MoAD

February (and throughout the year)
SoMa
Right now, at the Museum of African Diaspora, you can see the first and only West Coast exhibition of “The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion,” which highlights the work of 15 contemporary fashion designers “whose images present radically new perspectives on the medium of photography and art, race and beauty, and gender and power.” The museum, which has a robust year-round program and event calendar, has a slew of events to attend, including youth poetry readings, film screenings, open mic nights, book clubs, artist talks, and more.
Cost: Event prices vary; GA to visit the museum is $12 but free every second Saturday of the month

Check out films, art, reading, talks, and more at BAMPFA

February (and throughout the year)
Berkeley
There is always something interesting to discover at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). During Black History Month, you can see films by Pratibha Parmar, “Felwine Sarr: Music, Freedom, Africa,” a conversation through music with the Senegalese writer, scholar, composer, musician, and more.
Cost: Varies

Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe

Enjoy menu specials honoring Black community members at Old Skool Cafe

February (and throughout the year)
Bayview
For Black History Month, Old Skool Cafe is adding the favourite meals of notable Black community members to the menu each weekend. The nonprofit, youth-run supper club helps at-risk, formerly incarcerated, and foster care youth ages 16-22 gain the skills and experience they need to succeed in various front and back-of-house restaurant roles. Bayview hero/community advocate Mrs. Dorris Vincent is first up, followed by Judge Trina Thompson, Delroy Lindo, and Mayor London Breed.

Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Gardens

Walk beneath the Marting Luther King, Jr. Memorial waterfall

February (and ongoing)
Yerba Buena Gardens
Did you know that Yerba Buena Gardens is home to the country’s second-largest memorial to Dr. King? Visit the sculptural waterfall featuring glass panels inscribed with his inspiring words at 750 Howard Street.
Cost: Free

Attend the Commonwealth’s “Dreaming Forward: A Celebration of Black Joy, Power, and Excellence” conference

Thursday, February 9
Embarcadero
On behalf of Dr. Sheryl Evans Davis and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, the Commonwealth Club is hosting its second annual Dream Keeper Initiative, a day-long conference/celebration/call-to-action featuring special guests, including April Ryan of TheGrio and CNN.
Cost: Free

Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays
Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays
Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays

Celebrate Black Love at Oakland First Fridays

Friday, February 10
Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street
Telegraph Avenue transforms into a dining, shopping, and art-appreciating party on Friday, February 10, from 5 pm to 9 pm. There will be food, artist, and retail vendors and a host of Black artists, authors, and entertainment. Please note: This event was rescheduled from February 3 because of potential rain.
Cost: Free

Have a ball at an all-Black drag show at Oasis

Friday, February 10
SoMa
“Reparations with Latrice Royale” is an all-Black drag show hosted by Latrice Royale, the beloved Drag Race star who also happens to be celebrating her birthday.
Cost: $15 to $60

Dance all night and shop all day at the Afro Soca Love carnival and marketplace

Friday, February 10 ‚Äď Saturday, February 11
341 13th Street, Oakland
Afro Soca Love creates experiences that act as a “gateway to building bonds and strengthen relationships-between communities, individuals, and Africa and its diaspora.” See for yourself at the all-ages marketplace (Saturday), where you’ll find food and drink, fashion, beauty and wellness, home decor, and more. But before the shopping comes the dancing at the 21+ Friday Night Carnival, a culturally immersive music experience with music from all over the world.
Cost: The marketplace is free; tickets to the Friday Night Carnival start at $20

See a live performance of “Words That Made the Difference: Brown vs. the Board of Education”

Saturday, February 11
Unity Palo Alto
See a live theatrical performance based on the true events that occurred in the fight to end school segregation. The script draws from trial transcripts of the five cases brought together in front of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice Earl Warren’s memoirs, and the play is set in the courtrooms where it all happened. There will be a Q&A with the playwright before the performance and the cast afterward.
Cost: Free

Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company
Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company
Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company

Go to the I, Too, Sing America album release party

Saturday, February 11
Mission
Head to the Brava Theater Center to celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company’s album release of the music created for I, Too, Sing America, a soulful and uplifting performance that moved audiences when it debuted last year. The night includes an album-listening and sing-along party, DJs, dancing, an open bar, and more.
Cost: $40

Go on the Black Liberation Walking Tour of West Oakland

Saturday, February 18
West Oakland
Take a walk with David Peters, founder of the West Oakland Cultural Action Network, and Gene Anderson, the author of Legendary Locals of Oakland, to learn about resident voices and document sites of cultural and historical significance in the neighbourhood. Peters is a local native, and Anderson is an Oakland historian whose family has historical roots in West Oakland.
Cost: $50 ($30 for West Oakland residents)

See a screening of The Black Kung Fu Experience followed by in-person demonstrations

Sunday, February 19
Great Star Theater, Chinatown
The Chinese Historical Society of America is celebrating Black History Month and social unity with a screening of this film about how a group of African American pioneers became respected in a subculture dominated by Chinese and white men. Afterward, there will be demonstrations and talks with Sifu Donald Hamby and Sifu Troy Dunwood, who “will speak about their success as internationally recognized martial arts masters, their Chinese Kung Fu teachers, and what this practice means in relation to diversity, race and inclusion issues.”
Cost: $15

Sip wine made by Black winemakers at a free tasting event at STEM Kitchen + Garden

Thursday, February 23
Dogpatch
STEM Kitchen + Garden is hosting an afternoon wine tasting celebrating Black-owned wineries in its gorgeous indoor/outdoor space, and best of all, and it’s free to the public!
Cost: Free

Bayview Opera House
Bayview Opera House
Bayview Opera House

Attend the San Francisco African American Arts & Cultural District Gala Fundraiser

Saturday, February 25
Bayview Opera House
Enjoy an evening of talent, fashion, and community inspiration at SFAAACD’s 1st Annual Gala Fundraiser. Carla Duke, Television News Director at CBS-KPIX Chanel 5, will host the event, which includes inspiring words from keynote speaker Aniyia Williams, an artist, tech creator, and system-preneur.
Cost: $100

Attend a Black History Month & Chinese New Year Poetry Reading on Angel Island

Saturday, February 25
Angel Island
There is so much history in poetry at the Angel Island Detention Barracks Museum, which makes it a fitting location for poets Chun Yu and Michael Warr. The co-founders of Two Languages/One Community will share their poems and stories in English and Chinese, accompanied by projected images of text and photographs.
Cost: $10 to $21

Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade

Feel the joy at the Black Joy Parade

Sunday, February 26
Downtown Oakland
This parade and festival celebrate the “Black experience past, present, and future.” Be prepared to experience “more Black joy than you ever imagined,” starting with the parade (beginning at 14th and Franklin) at 12:30 pm. The family-friendly festival follows (main entrance is at 19th and Franklin) will include 200-plus Black-owned small businesses selling food, drinks, clothing, art, and more. There will also be two stages with Black performers, including The Black Joy Choir.
Cost: Free

Take a sound bath at Grace Cathedral in honor of Black History Month

Monday, February 27
Nob Hill
Take an immersive sound bath featuring Fractals of Sound, a collective of top Bay Area musicians Egemen Sanli, Phoenix Song, and Sam Jackson, with special guest Destiny Muhammad. Together, they will create a “soundscape deeply rooted in world music,” allowing you to take a meditative journey in one of the most beautiful places in San Francisco.
Cost: $25 to $75

See Tsitsi Dangarembga and Angela Davis at City Arts & Lectures

Tuesday, February 28
Civic Center
Co-presented with MoAd, City Arts & Lectures is hosting novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga and scholar and activist Angela Davis for what’s sure to be a riveting conversation.
Cost: $36

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Daisy Barringer¬†is an SF-based freelance writer who spent many childhood days wandering around the Exploratorium. Follow her on¬†Instagram¬†to see what she’s up to now.

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