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Friday, April 1, 2011

Lunching with the Ladies at Jane

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM

click to enlarge Roast turkey and Provolone panino, $8.50. - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • Roast turkey and Provolone panino, $8.50.

Though it's only six weeks old, Jane has already become the "it" spot for Pacific Heights ladies who use "lunch" as a verb. And when we say ladies, we mean it. At 12:30 p.m. on a recent weekday, SFoodie and an older gentleman were the only guys in the place, outnumbered 28 to 2. No one but SFoodie seemed to be in a rush to get back to work: Not a single diner left her table the entire time we were eating.

Jane's menu is small: four sandwiches, four salads, and a daily soup special. Our roast Diestel turkey and Provolone panino, dainty considering the $8.50 price tag, was warm and melty but desperately needed more cranberry relish than it contained to liven it up.

click to enlarge Jane's cookies, worthy of their own visit. - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • Jane's cookies, worthy of their own visit.
In contrast, a chopped salad of ultrafresh lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, radishes, beets and carrots ($8.50) was downright colossal. Again, though, flavor was lacking. The immaculate produce was under-dressed with dull green goddess.

Jane's strength, clearly, is its in-house bakery. We snagged so many shards of a warm toffee chocolate chip cookie from a sample plate that we earned a well-deserved stare from the barista. To make up for it, we ordered an intense, crumbly, double-chocolate oat cookie ($1.50) that was gone in two big bites.

Next time back, we'll pair a couple of those with a Four Barrel latte for an afternoon snack.

Jane: 2123 Fillmore (at Sacramento), 931-5263.

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