Caffe Bianco 39 Sutter St./Montgomery St., Financial District, (415) 421-2091. M-F 6am-6pm.
Located on the ground floor of the 1923 Chancery Building, it’s unlikely you’ll find this pleasant spot unless you are looking for it. It is just a block from BART, but on a section of street that is a sunless concrete throughway. But once inside, I was pleased with the atmospheric high ceilings, round marble tables, and two walls of windows letting in plenty of light and sustaining a tall plant hugging them in the corner.
Place your order at the counter, then select a seat and it will be delivered to you when ready. Breakfast includes a fluffy scrambled egg sandwich, oatmeal, pastries, and my choice--bagels with cream cheese (lox is an option). Lunch brings on a popular three-salad sampler plate (the kale is said to be very good), hot items that include lasagna, and a variety of sandwiches--havarti and avocado sounds good, and next time I plan to try the reputedly exceptional Proscuitto di Parma I with pesto, roasted peppers, tomato, and fresh mozzarella. Everything is housemade, orange juice is fresh squeezed, and gluten-free bread is available. Upstairs seating is a balcony, with some tables that overlook the activity downstairs.
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