And… I’m back with my favorite quick eats part 2 – and be sure if you haven’t read my favorite quick eats part 1 to read it here! In my first post, I defined “quick eats” as a place where you order at the counter or can grab something to-go, and I continue along with the same theme here!
Oh, and there will be a part 3 too (and probably 4 and 5!) because I am constantly finding places that I love and can only write about so many places that I love at once :). With that said, be sure to stay tuned for more!
Native Co. (Sutter St, 2nd St)
Native is a chic, healthy, and overall amazing place! Right when you walk in, it’s almost like you can smell the freshness. And they have all of the delicious staple items that I look for in a place to eat: fresh juices and smoothies, salads, and toasts – yum! Native in located in the working area of downtown SF, so they know how to prep your food quickly without compromising ingredients, quality, or taste. Wheather you pick something from the abundance of choices in the already prepped to-go case or you order a green smoothie, you won’t be disappointed!
My go-to at Native is either the “native” salad or the “soba” salad – I have such a hard time deciding which one I want that my mom and I always end up sharing both of them :)! The “native” salad is filled with baby lettuces, herbs (especially dill which I love!), beets, pickled red onion, avocado, hard boiled egg, crispy quinoa all tossed in a mustard-lemon vinaigrette. The soba salad is beyond tasty too. It is loaded with soba noodles (duh!), mixed greens, carrots, kale, green onions, herbs with a Japanese sunflower seed dressing (which is nut-free, and don’t worry if you aren’t a sunflower seed lover because you won’t be able to even notice a difference!).
Roam (Fillmore St, Union St, locations throughout the Bay Area)
I would put Roam in the category of delicious/amazing quality/and sure to please everybody. I have grown up going to Roam, and I even remember when they opened (I guess I can call myself an early trendsetter ;)! My love for Roam is so big that when I turned 10 years old, I went with all of my friends for my birthday. Roam certainly has a following in SF.
Often times I try to branch out from my go-to order, but I always find myself crawling back to what I consider my “classic” (with a few variations!): turkey or beef patty, arugula, aged grass-fed white cheddar, and avocado all bundled into a delicious butter lettuce wrap! Alright, be right back while I run to Roam now because my mouth is watering…
Pressed Juicery Freeze (1st St, locations throughout the Bay Area and the US)
Alright, I’m not sure how to start off, but if you have not have Pressed Juicery freeze, you have not lived. I could gladly eat freeze for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is so, so tasty and doesn’t at all feel like you’re eating some “fake” ice cream. It tastes freaking delish. Made from simple ingredients, NO junk like most frozen treats, and whole foods, freeze is definitely the next treat you need to try. They have many different flavors and all are made with a variation of the following ingredients: fruits, veggies, coconut meat, almonds, dates, and sea salt – can it even get any better? The answer here is NOPE!
My favorite flavors are strawberry (fuji apple, strawberry, coconut meat, dates), chocolate almond (almond, dates, sea salt, cacao), and vanilla almond (almond, dates, sea salt, vanilla). I love them all so much I usually get a swirl of two of the flavors! And let’s not forget toppings. Yep, you heard me right – toppings! Pressed has delicious, healthy, real ingredient toppings like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, almonds, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, granola, chocolate chips, honey drizzle, almond butter drizzle, and cacao drizzle. I seriously cannot ever get enough toppings. Anything that you order you will 1000% love. But be warned, once you try freeze for the first time, there’s no going back because the addiction sticks!
At Pressed, my go-to order is a size 2 (yep, I like the big one 😉 with strawberry-vanilla swirl (or chocolate, depends on my mood!) topped with almond butter drizzle and raspberries (plus some chocolate chips and almonds if I’m feelin’ extra). SO. DANG. GOOD.
Seed and Salt (closed, formerly Chestnut St)
One of the single saddest days in my foodie “career” was the day that Seed and Salt closed. Due to the fact that it is now closed, I’m going to limit myself to talking about Seed and Salt forever, except to say that it was one of my most favorite places in the city. Entirely gluten-free and vegan, Seed and Salt was a place that knew how to make vegan food taste bomb!
But the real thing that kept me coming back was their nut loaf (made with literally just a bunch of different types of seeds and nuts formed into a loaf!) topped with either avocado and their insane chimichurri, almond butter and raspberry chia jam (made with just raspberries and chia seeds), or lemon curd toast (just lemon juice, honey, and coconut oil). Their nut loaf is something that I still spend time trying to recreate to this day, but I just can’t seem to nail it… and trust me, when the day does come that I figure it out, I will be sharing it with you guys ASAP.
Oh, and might I quickly mention their raw date “brownie.” Best. Brownie. I. Have. Ever. Had. Period. (And somehow I don’t have a photo… probably because I couldn’t even wait long enough to take one before devouring it :). It was made with the best ingredients ever, filled with dates, cacao, loaded with walnuts, and swirled with their housemade “nutella” (made with just hazelnuts, cacao, and maple syrup!) swirled in. It was gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and downright tasty. To say that this brownie was heavenly is a major understatement… and I’m still trying to crack the code for this brownie to this day. I really would do anything for just one last brownie… ;)!