30 Fremont St., Financial District
Phone: (415) 543-5200
The Financial District has been getting an influx of hipper, more farm-to-table-oriented lunch spots of late, with Heyday, Foundation Cafe, Shorty Goldstein's, and the Wise Sons Deli outpost at the Contemporary Jewish Museum all targeting the coveted lunchtime demo. The latest entrant in the lunch stakes is Tender Greens, a SoCal-based fast-casual chain emphasizing local produce, which opens its first San Francisco location today.
Sean Canavan, the former executive chef of Bluestem Brasserie, is running the kitchen at the FiDi location, which offers a selection of meal-sized salads like Thai shrimp with little gem lettuce and steak with butter lettuce and horseradish vinaigrette. Proteins like fried chicken and herbed albacore tuna are available on a ciabatta sandwich with red peppers and aioli, as a hot plate with mashed potatoes, or atop a simple salad. Canavan is also adding his own twist to the menu via a nose-to-tail butchery program, featuring housemade charcuterie. Until that ramps up, the menu for the Walnut Creek location offers a pretty good look at what's on offer. Canavan also hopes to offer charcuterie and sausage-making classes in the space, with hopes of launching later this year. Hours are Monday-Friday, 11 am-9 pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 am-9 pm.
Update, 11:50 am: Tender Greens has delayed its opening until tomorrow, September 24th.
· Tender Greens Coming to the FiDi [~ ESF ~]