Students tired of repetitious food and beverages choices can now dine at several new storefronts recently opened around the Broadway Campus.
Two years after announcing that it would take over the old Tully’s Coffee’s location at 2453 Fillmore St., Blue Bottle Coffee Company finally opened its doors in June. All caffeine lovers should go, but non-coffee lovers, beware.
Its Cold Brew ($4) is a slap in the face with every sip, even with copious amounts of milk and sugar. It is the ideal drink after pulling an all-nighter or a lengthy test to keep the drinker awake.
For less extreme coffee enthusiasts, Blue Bottle’s Caffé Latte ($4.75) and Caffé Mocha ($5.25) provide subtler coffee flavors, while still tasting delicious. There are not many non-coffee options, but the Hot Chocolate ($4.50) is the best of its kind, with very strong chocolate overtones.
A quick four-minute walk from campus, Blue Bottle’s menu makes a coffee enthusiast squeal with joy. The coffee shop is perfect for meeting with friends or just for a quick to-go drink, but not necessarily for studying as it can be noisy. It’s pricey for a high schooler’s budget, but as an occasional treat, its beverages add variety to a monotonous routine.
Moving down Fillmore Street in the opposite direction, about a seven minute walk from campus, Loving Cup recently opened at 2201 Union St. The dessert shop sells specialty frozen yogurt, where customers can choose from pre-fixed options, create their own, or a combination of the two. The pre-fixed menu provides customers delectable options that have set add-ins to the yogurt base.
The Dirty Hipster, a vanilla blended with Nutella and Oreos, is a reenergizing after-school treat. With plentiful cookie bits and strong hazelnut flavor, the frozen yogurt is a cooling treat a hot day.
For customers with less of a sweet tooth or wanting a change, Loving Cup sells several flavors of rice pudding that taste so homemade they could be fresh out of a grandmother’s refrigerator. A small, for frozen yogurt or rice pudding, is 5 oz. ($4), a perfect size without leaving customers feeling overly full.
Further down Fillmore towards the Marina District, MAC’D, at 3347 Fillmore St., sells made to order mac and cheese. Unlike Loving Cup, there are no pre-fixed options. Offering 14 different
mix-ins ranging from meats to vegetables, MAC’D lets customers create the dishes of their wildest dreams.
All customers have complete control over their meals, from sauces and pasta type to mix in and toppings, and nothing is off limits.
The four sauces compliment the dish with different flavors. The Goddess provides subtle garlic undertones while still being a light cream sauce. Customers even have control over the shape of pasta, choosing between elbow, shell or cauliflower.
The portion sizes are filling and well sized. All plates are the same price ($11), except for specialty items such as vegan sauce (+$3), cauliflower in place of pasta (+$2) and crab (+$3) or shrimp (+$3) as a mix in.
The location is too far away to get to during short lunches, even after taking the 22 Fillmore MUNI line, but for longer periods, it’s a delicious excursion.
MAC’D is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Loving Cup is open noon to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Blue Bottle opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. everyday.