As American citizens, we all have a civic duty to report for jury duty when summoned. While often disruptive to regular routines, serving jury duty can always be made more pleasant by a decent meal. We have scoured the city to find five of the best lunch spots near the San Francisco Superior Court. With delicious food, affordable prices and close proximity, any of these restaurants is sure to provide a nourishing mid-day meal.

Brenda’s French Soul Food
652 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-8100

Originally hailing from Lousiana, Chef Brenda has been serving up delicious soul food from her own San Francisco restaurant since 2007. Lunch service starts at 11 a.m., and diners can select from a variety of soul food favorites. Choose from shrimp or catfish po’boys to chicken etoufee and red beans and rice. Side options include hush puppies and grits. Brenda’s is open for lunch seven days a week; make sure to arrive early to avoid lengthy wait times.

Lers Ros Thai
307 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 874-9661 

With three locations in the city, Lers Ros Thai offers upscale Thai cuisine. The menu is vegetarian and vegan friendly, and also caters to more discerning meat eaters with dishes containing quail and frog. For a quick lunch and shorter wait times, ask for a seat at the bar. Lers Ros is opens for lunch seven days a week at an early 10:30 am.

Chez Maman West
401 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 355-9067

Chez Maman’s two San Francisco locations serve up classic French bistro food. Diners can indulge in delicious selections like beef tartare, escargot, pommes frites and crepes. To get in and out quickly, snag a seat at the bar or head over for a later lunch after the main rush has cleared. Must eats are the French onion soup and house mac and cheese.

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The Grove – Hayes Valley
301 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 624-3953

The extremely popular Hayes Valley Grove location is one of several area lunch hotspots. To expedite meals, orders are taken at the counter and then food is delivered to diners’ tables. Menu options include classic American fare such as grilled cheese, pot pie, salads and short ribs. The Grove is open for three squares a day and can accommodate hungry potential jurors morning, noon and night.

Tommy’s Joynt
1101 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-4216

Open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, Tommy’s Joynt is just under half a mile walk from the Superior Court. This long-standing San Francisco institution has been pleasing local eaters with favorites like buffalo stew and braised lamb shanks since 1947. The Hof-Brau style eatery specializes in tasty meat options and has multiple daily specials throughout the week. Complete meals, including sides, are available for under $10 which makes this joint an ideal spot for lunch while serving jury duty.

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