I spent quite a bit of time in San Francisco´s SOMA last year. One of the things I discovered there was this little patisserie, Patisserie Philippe. The macarons were in primary display atop their marble counters and the posted sign invoked Ladurée, the inventor of macaron and purportedly the best macaron shop in the whole world.
The cute place seems to be a go-to lunch spot for the locals and the prices were pretty reasonable.
For lunch, I ordered a Quiche Lorraine, which came with a lightly dressed fresh green salad.
My vegetarian friend got a vegetable panini.
I also tried their eclair, wonderfully filled with a rich chocolate cream. This was definitely one of the better eclairs out there!
I brought back some macarons for Wandering Chopsticks. I don't remember what flavors I got but I know earl grey and passionfruit was among them.
Patisserie Philippe was certainly a nice and quiet little spot, with great products both savory and sweet, and reasonable prices. If you're looking for lunch or snacks in SOMA, then do try this place.
665 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 95128