San Francisco lunch favorites: Recession special at Axis Cafe hits the spot

Axis Cafe, a popular lunch and afternoon coffee spot in the Potrero Hill neigbhorhood, is an excellent place to have lunch in San Francisco not only because the patio in the back is perfect for those gorgeous warm San Francisco days when summer seems to linger forever, but also because the food is good, unpretentious and not expensive.

So imagine my delight when I went to Axis this week and discovered that they have a sense of humor too when it comes to the menu. They had a $9 Recession Special: half sandwich, soup and small salad. You can choose from any of the sandwiches and soups. I had the tomato basil soup (which was very delicious) and the pastrami sandwich with sauerkraut; my lunch companion had the French onion soup and steak sandwich (he said both were excellent).

  • Vibe: stylish cafe-restaurant with perfect backyard patio for outdoor lunches; on cold days park yourself in front of the cozy fireplace; many people from the tech startups in the neighborhood hang out here so there are lots of Macs (very uncomfortable for Windows laptop owners).
  • Pros: good, inexpensive lunches; excellent place (indoor and outdoor) for coffee and lunch meetings; free Wi-Fi.
  • Cons: parking in the neighborhood is a nightmare so you have to be patient.

Axis Cafe
1201 8th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
+1 415 437 2947

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