Eating: Cordon Bleu
CRAVE: Imperial Rolls. All day, erry day.
One of the best things about a big city is its hole-in-the-wall spots. We’re talking 10 or 15 seats tops, cash-only, cheap, and you can see into the kitchen kind of spots.
Cordon Bleu is one of those spots.
The family-run operation makes use of the snug space, offering up a few seats along the counter/bar space and two or 3 tables in the back. A lot of the cooking happens right there across from the counter, chunks of marinated meat on the grill and dishes being whipped up.
The go-to option here is the #5 which gets you one piece of 5-spice roasted chicken, an imperial roll, a shish kebab, country salad, and meat on rice. For under $10 — unheard of in San Francisco.
Options #1 through 4 offer different combinations of the above items, withe a few less and a few dollars cheaper.
Whatever you do, just make sure to get an imperial roll of fried goodness stuffed with meat.
A sneaky menu choice, I also love the chicken salad with shredded 5-spice chicken on top of cabbage, basil, mint, and chopped peanuts with a side of sweet & sour vinaigrette.
Obviously no reservations, this is a great spot for take-out or to head to with just a friend or date to make it easier to snag a spot.
Learn more about Cordon Bleu on their Yelp page.