If you like the fact that there are still pockets of grossness here and there in the 94110, don't go to Mission Public, which just had opened its doors on the formerly nasty 14th St. It's nice in there.
Much nicer, in fact, than the forgettable tea shop that once occupied the corner and whose owner went to jail on drug charges. Hand-hewn tables, art on loan from Creativity Explored, and friendly service will greet you. While not much appears to be made in-house, sourcing quality ingredients from around the Mission is perfectly acceptable (Panorama bread, Schwartz's hot dogs), and Mission Public's immediate environs are somehow underserved even in the grab-and-go category.
Breakfast is mostly pastries from Black Jet and coffee by De La Paz, with some hot options in the works. Lunch for the time being is pretty much sandwiches -- although you may be offered a clementine, if not an experimental juice concoction, while you're eating one. As those sandwiches go, do consider the Roast Beef South, a hearty panini made with pepper jack, roasted red peppers, red onions and Tapatio aioli. If its $7.50 price tag gives you reverse sticker shock, there's also a New York foot-long hot dog, with chili, for a mere $3.25.
Once Mission Public gets its sea legs (read: beer and wine license) and the hours extend, expect a wine program plus draft and bottled local beer. Or fill your stomach after happy hour at the Armory Club across the street. Either way, 14th Street's seedy reputation is on its last legs.
Mission Public, 233 14th St., (415) 525-4175.