We’ve been eating here a lot because it’s ridiculously close to our office and they promote freshness and sustainability and all that is good and right when it comes to food in the 21st century.
But the thing is, we can’t help but be repeatedly disappointed with our meals, not dissatisfied, but disappointed. Imagine ordering a triple chocolate shake at your favorite ice cream shop only to find out they don’t have chocolate ice cream. They have really killer strawberry ice cream and strawberry shakes are good, but they’re not chocolate shakes, you know? We have similar feelings about the food at Seller’s Market.
First, we’d like to applaud the extensive menu with selections that sound amazing, if not pitch perfect. All of their ingredients are what you want to see on a menu, Free-range this, house made that.
For instance, a Laura Chenel Goat Cheese, Spinach and Mushroom breakfast sandwich with a cage-free fried egg an artesian english muffin. How can that not be the ideal thing to get and eat at your desk when you have case of the Mondays? Only, it helps to have the sandwich fully heated and even better when the English muffin has some real taste, both of these things have been noticeably missing the last two times we’ve ordered it.
Other disappointments: The Free-Range BBQ Chicken Salad, the Southern Fried Chicken Sliders, the Tomato Bisque “Signature” Soup and the ALT—avocado, lettuce and tomato with house made hummus. All of these sound lovely, but in all honesty, we found them under-spiced and perhaps not fully realized.
And yet we go back. We go back so damn frequently, in part, because we don’t feel guilty after eating their food, and there aren’t many places in the Financial District or SOMA that offer sustainable, healthy food combined with a faster food counter culture. Oh, and they have happy hour and cool picnic benches outside.
And maybe there’s something to be said about slow food done fast. Maybe some things are meant to be savored.
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