A bit farther, but definitely walkable. They have different stuff than your typical burrito joint. I like their steak and potatoes in chile colorado. They also have homemade mole sometimes as a special.
I'd be there a lot (good coffee, sandwiches, evil treats)--especially with all those cute worker types with their Macs.
I love this cafe that is in front of Saison. Their Twitter feed always announces tasty specials.
Probably not where you want to go every day, but good if you want to take a slightly longer than usual lunch. They do a great burger, and they have more upscale options + full bar if you have the type of job where you need to go for client lunches.
This is a solid Vietnamese place with outdoor seating for those rare warm days. Nothing fancy, but solid.
You can never go wrong with Papalote Mexican Grill on 24th & Valencia. They have great burritos and you will always leave full. If you are still having trouble finding places to eat on the mission try going to a GrubCrawl. You get to try a dish from three different restaurants in one night, that way next time you will be able to narrow down your choices by cravings at lunch time.
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They have great lunch deals here and you can eat like a Sultan (kabab, rice, salad and soup) for about the same price as a sandwich from Pal's or Kitchenette .
I've never had a bad meal at the Fountain. Hearty food, classic diner style but really, really well done. You're right about Star Stream, it's another stellar option, too!
While I'm thinking of it, this place opened on S Van Ness and 15th not too long ago... I am curious about trying their cabbage rolls (which I love).