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Friday, December 12, 2014

SOMA Eats: Roasted Lamb and 200 Microbrews

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

click to enlarge A fantasia of eggplant on ciabatta. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • A fantasia of eggplant on ciabatta.

One-stop-shopping appears to be falling out of favor in the Bay Area; and doing as they do in Europe, people are moving towards visiting farmers markets, wine shops and specialty markets before suffering the convenience of City Target (or so we've observed). Well, let’s all put our prejudices aside until we’ve all paid a visit to “modern café and bottle shop” SOMA Eats, to sit down for some Moroccan-Californian lunch and walking out with a 22 pack of California microbrews for later — because sometimes a one-stop shop is worth visiting on purpose.

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click to enlarge Why settle for 99 bottles of beer on the wall when you can have 200? - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • Why settle for 99 bottles of beer on the wall when you can have 200?
That’s right, we now have a place that isn’t big-box retail yet where you can take care of a whole bunch of alimentary needs at once.

Owners Oussama Mannaa and Shirley Azzghayer have hit the upscale-casual sweet spot, serving a slow-roasted lamb sandwich (lamb shoulder with homemade almond-date relish and arugula on ciabatta) that is very satiating — it's the ovine equivalent of carnitas. It matches quite marvelously with the sparkling water on tap. And, because this former yoga studio is open for coffee from seven in the morning until as late as 10 p.m., it's fully licensed for in-house beer and wine consumption! You may, if you're anything like us, find yourself slipping over multiple times daily.

Admittedly, the name is slightly nondescript and might be confused with SoMa StrEat Food Park, which long blocks away, but more than anything, SOMA Eats is as if Red Dog and City Beer Store had a baby. You’re not going to find such a winning combination of 200 beers plus a (forthcoming) liquor library and such beautiful chickpeas anywhere else in San Francisco.

SOMA Eats, 186 2nd St., 543-7662.

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