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12 Sep

Lunch and Laptop first discovered Haus by thinking it was Sugarlump. Lucky for everyone, though, this little coffee shop a few blocks from the 24th Street BART stop has a personality all its own.

The light, unfinished-wood furniture is simple and a bit Ikea-esque but makes the interior feel roomy and bright. But the real reason Haus caught our eye is the back patio. It takes some finagling to get a shady table (despite a few umbrellas, the space is fairly exposed and that darn sun keeps moving), and patrons occasionally get treated to the crowing of a backyard rooster somewhere nearby, but it’s a great place to sit for a bit and pretend that San Francisco has a summer.

haus patio

Back patio at Haus

When we first started going to Haus, there wasn’t much lunch to go along with all the laptop, but they’ve since cycled through treats including baked goods and savory pies. It may not be the most substantial meal you’ll ever eat while working, but there’s always enough to tide us over.

Pluses: Plenty of outlets inside, nice patio,  solid coffee and espresso drinks

Minuses: Occasional odd and ear-splittingly loud music choices, limited food


Rodger’s Coffee & Tea

11 Aug
Veggie sausage from Rodger's Coffee & Tea

Veggie sausage from Rodger's Coffee & Tea

Rodger’s Coffee & Tea is a small shop in between two BART stations. They specialize in individually brewed coffees (with more than 25 blends available) and sausages. Yep, you read that right. Haute Doggity sausages (including a veggie sausage), with all the fixings (sauerkraut, mayo, mustard, ketchup, relish, etc.). You may be thinking that coffee and sausages don’t go too well together, and you’re probably right. So we got a coffee first and then followed it up with a sausage.

Small cold-brew coffee with milk (it's a huge small!)

Small cold-brew coffee with milk (it's a huge small!)

Pluses: Sausages, plugs inside, variety of coffee, outdoor seats, reasonable walk from BART, large cold-brew coffees

Minuses: Limited seating, limited food options (if you don’t want sausage, that is)

The Summit

29 Jul

The Summit got a bunch of attention when it opened late last year, probably because it seemed to bring together three of the things San Francisco loves most: tech entrepreneurship, local food, and fresh coffee. Officially, a whole bunch of start-ups have their offices in this building, thanks to incubator I/O Ventures. Unofficially, a bunch more are probably getting started at any one of The Summit’s long worktables or cushy couches.

Long communal tables at Summit

Long communal tables at Summit

The warehouse-like space accommodates plenty of laptops, and that’s part of its problem: The Summit seems like it would be a great place to hang out and work all day, but with only about six outlets in the whole space, it’s not practical to count on this place being your office-away-from-home. Our tip: Head straight for the back, where you can keep an eye on the prime seats near the wall outlets; bonus points for bringing your own extension cord.

Even if the “laptop” part of Lunch and Laptop can be a challenge here, the “lunch” part is a big winner. It’s not cheap, but it’s also not your standard cafe fare; you’re shelling out for seasonal salads, 4505 Meats sausages, and inventive drink specials. Coffee is from Blue Bottle; teas come on adorable trays with timers. We hear desserts are the real specialty, but they’re only served in the evening, after the laptops are put away.

Iced coffee at The Summit

Iced coffee at The Summit

Pluses: General atmosphere of productivity and start-up-y energy; quality food and drink; collectively produced soundtrack that on one recent day included everything from Radiohead to TLC’s “Waterfalls”

Minuses: Competitive outlet situation; awkward stools instead of proper chairs; pricey


25 Jul
Sugarlump's empanada

Sugarlump's empanada

Sugarlump is a modern coffee shop with mid-century decor. They focus on fair trade organic coffee and a few tasty treats, including vegetarian empanadas and vegan tamales. In the evening, the place converts into a mini restaurant called Sous Beurre Kitchen.

There are a few highly coveted plugs sprinkled around the place. The place is decent-sized, but there aren’t all that many tables, so there is a nice distance between you and your fellow laptopers.

Pluses: Dark and quiet, if you like that kind of thing

Minuses: Some of the chairs, though stylish, are seriously uncomfortable.