The Lunchpad SF: San Francisco Launch Your Tastebuds



San Francisco has a new hot spot! Now serving booze on the weekends with brunch – and lunch — the Lunchpad SF a little gem inside a traditional San Francisco bar called Noir, has an underground vibe that blends old fashioned cocktail club with trendy art to create a welcoming setting for a quick bite or a leisurely chat with friends.

Located at 581 Hayes Street (between Laguna and Octavia) in the Hayes Valley of San Francisco, The Lunchpad beckons you in for a spicy Bloody like you’ve never before experienced – it’s got a dollop of some of the best pickle juice you’ve ever tasted and is topped off with habanero candied bacon, a specialty of the house that shows up in many menu items, including the flaky tender cheddar jalapeno breakfast biscuits with poached egg and smoked cheddar.

chickensandwichOne of the standout sandwiches is the Chicken Run, a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with sweet & spicy coleslaw, Swiss and garlic aioli, served only on Wednesdays.


the-lunchpad_huevos-rancheros-2For weekend brunch, don’t miss the hearty huevos rancheros, kicked up with some southwest spice, laden with pepperjack, pork chorizo, red enchilada sauce, sunny side up egg, roasted corn salsa and sour cream: all this for only $9!!

Daily brunch items, which are served all day long, include the Perfect Storm, an over easy egg, Swiss, caramelized onions, spinach & chipotle remoulade on toasted pain de mie and Alaskan Thunder, Alaskan sockeye salmon, herbed cream cheese, tomatoes, & sliced cucumber on pain de mie. There’s breakfast bread pudding, too.

vanessawithturkeydrizzleSandwiches star your favorite lunch meats, packed into freshly baked breads and rolls. The Turkey Drizzle crams roast turkey, habanero candied bacon, Swiss cheese, cashew pesto, caramelized onions, giardiniera, greens, tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic reduction on a tender roll from Bakers of Paris for $13, and The Teamster hustles roasted turkey, pastrami, Swiss cheese, Dijon, sweet slaw, garlic aioli and grandpa’s pickles into tastebud nirvana, also $13.

Fear not, there is green to this scene, with salads like the Berry Delicious, tossing arugula, blueberries, strawberries, shaved Parmesan and candied cashews with a spicy mustard balsamic vinaigrette, $10.

capresesandwichtheaartdisplayLunchPad is a 7 days a week affair, serving breakfast and lunch from 9 am until 2:30 on weekdays, when the place transitions over to the Noir side of things. On the weekend, the lines stack up outside, awaiting the later opening at 11am on Saturday & Sunday, so it’s best to take advantage of this place during the week. Then, you can sit up at the large hightop center table and chow down with some new friends, as you explore the subtle spiciness of the incomparable roasted chicken salad and the housemade herbed parmesan potato chips.the-lunchpad_herbed-parmesan-potato-chips-2







Or, sit at the cozy dining tables reminiscent of an old gin joint, and dive into the warming tomato bisque, literally souped up with the kick of gardiniera juice. You’ve never had anything like this, especially when paired with grilled cheese on pain de mie with habanero candied bacon.


Started in 2013 by “brothers” Adam Hubbell, Mark Hubbell, and Chris Snowden – the latter is the honorary third brother), when Noir owner, Brian Cassanego, decided he wanted to maximize use of the space, the Lunchpad’s flavorful underpinnings can be traced back to a simple, but potent pickle recipe bestowed upon Adam by his Bohemian grandfather while growing up in Ohio. Those pickles, it seems, have been the crunchy cruciferous keys to the greater vegetable kingdom.


“Initially, we asked Noir if we could use their kitchen to produce our pickles,” says Adam, “The owner asked to what end, and we told him we were trying to build our brand and eventually open a sandwich shop. He invited us on the spot to become a shared space, and as far as we know, there is no other arrangement like this in the city. It’s really been a win-win for us both.”


Adam says that simple apple cider-based recipe (he uses Four Monks) gussied up with fresh herbs and spices, has enabled him to create the crunchy gardiniere that turns a relatively mild sandwich staple like turkey into a gourmet burst of goodness that will make your mouth water. He plans to offer pickling classes in the near future. Get on the Lunchpad mailing list or follow them on Facebook if you’re interested.


The Lunchpad serves both brunch and lunch, seven days a week, along with a full bar during the weekend. Called, “Weekend Boozy Brunch,” it makes The Lunchpad the perfect place to watch college football on Saturdays, or NFL football on Sundays. In addition to two big-screen TVs in the main dining room, there is also a private room available for rent with an oversize projection screen.

the-brunchpad-bloody-w-huevos-rancherosNow in its second year, the Lunchpad was the top choice on 7X7’s list of San Francisco’s “5 Best Spots for Coffee or Lunch Meetings,” and was an SF Bay Guardian “Best of the Bay” 2013 winner (Best Lunch Party in the USA) and an SF Weekly “Best of San Francisco” 2015 winner (Best Business Lunch and Best Place for Kids). They also won “BEST LUNCH” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s BEST OF THE BAY 2016 Reader’s Poll.

They also offer catering services and food delivery is available via POSTMATES and UberRush. Or, you can order ahead and dine-in with no wait using Allset.

Love pickles?

Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, The Lunchpad SF will be hosting two pickling classes:

  • Monday, November 21 (6-7PM) – Bonus item:  Giardiniera!
  • Sunday, December 18 (6-7PM) – Bonus item:  Candied Jalapeños!

The classes will include a short talk on the history of pickles and the different methods of pickling.

Following the discussion and tastings, attendees will be able to create and take home their own favorite pickling combinations (2-3 jars per person). All pickling ingredients such as cucumbers, carrots, green beans and other seasonal vegetables are included in the cost of the class. And if attendees feel like getting a little “pickled” while they’re pickling, Noir Lounge (sister restaurant to The Lunchpad) will be offering some fabulous and festive drink specials for the evening.

For further info and to register for the pickling classes, please visit:

The Lunchpad (inside Noir Lounge) | 581 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.522.6647


Laura NessLaura Ness, aka “Her VineNess,” is an accomplished wine journalist and wine critic whose passion for wine was ignited by a visit to France, where she had the unmatched pleasure of tasting Sancerre in the medieval town of Sancerre – splendid!— and then a Saumur, after visiting the Chateau de Saumur in Chinon. The concept of terroir came alive in those incandescent moments. She regularly judges wine competitions and serves on the tasting panels of the Pinot, Cabernet and Chardonnay Shootouts. She was instrumental in helping define the unique sub-regions of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA in concert with Appellation America. You can usually find her sipping and smiling in Mendocino, Livermore, the Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Cruz Mountains and Paso Robles. Laura writes extensively for many industry and consumer publications, and has weekly wine columns in several Bay Area newspapers. She blogs, irreverently and sporadically, at





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PUBLISHED DATE: October 31st, 2016 | WINE CATEGORY: Food & Wine Pairings
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