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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Corridor Café Now Caffeinating Civic Center

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Nader Khouri

Hi Neighbor, the restaurant group behind Fat Angel, Stones Throw, and Trestle, has opened a café on the ground floor of the newly residential 100 Van Ness Avenue that is also the only brick-and-mortar location where San Franciscans can get coffee from Lamill: Corridor Cafe.

  • Nader Khouri
“Grab-and-go” always sounds like something utilitarian and bloodless you’d run to at an airport before your flight, and Executive Chef Jason Halverson worked hard to fight that impression. Corridor’s breakfast menu includes Firebrand pastries (almond croissants, bear claws, goat cheese pretzels) but also things like the fancy Corridor Cruffin (made with gruyere, prosciutto and a chive cruffin, $3.75) and the Laura Ingalls Wilder-sounding bag of corn bread bites (with jalapeño-honey butter, six for $2).

But lunch is where things really depart from the usual refrigerated café case. A Bay Shrimp Po’ Boy (Old Bay-seasoned bay shrimp, lettuce, avocado, and pickled onions on a brioche hoagie, $11) combines NOLA with NoCal, while the vegetarians can go for a roasted root vegetable salad made with various lettuces, Brussels sprouts, squashes, turnips, carrots, pomegranate seeds, and pepitas, tossed in a citrus vinaigrette ($11.50). Using Lamill means cool (as in hot) drinks like a crème brûlée latte, and the cool-as-in-cool house-made 18-hour cold brew.

The only thing missing, you’ll notice, is dinner, and to fill that void the Corridor Café team will open Corridor, a no-reservation, fast-casual restaurant, in April. (Considering the alchemy that Trestle works, with its $35 prix fixe, it’s something to look forward to.) Now if only we could get some high-speed bus lanes in this corridor.

Café Corridor100 Van Ness Ave., 415-400-4979 or

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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