This is the second restaurant in my hidden gem series this week - I'm writing about cafes that are stuck behind buildings, tucked in between other businesses or hidden off the street. Pacific Coffee House and Deli near 12th and Pacific is the perfect example of a cafe with almost no street presence. I never would have known it was there at if it weren't for a reader contacting me six months ago, shortly after it opened.
Last month, I was pressed for time, in need of lunch and stuck downtown before a meeting. I remembered the reader had told me about Pacific Coffee and I went looking at 12th and Pacific. I turned a complete circle and couldn't find it, before remembering what the reader had written in her email, "It's in the Wells Fargo Building." Score. There it was. Just go through the front doors and hang a left in the lobby.
The cafe is charming and comfortably appointed with cafe tables and two lounge chairs in the corner. They offer a full espresso menu and a half dozen hot sandwiches, wraps, deli sandwiches and soup. I went with the first thing I saw - The Pacific ($6.75) , a toasted turkey-bacon sandwich on crusty French bread. Potato soup (2.95) was creamy and thick, just what I needed on a breezy spring day. A big lunch for under $10, the food was competitively priced.
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Tip: Pacific Coffee also serves breakfast - English muffins, bagels, a breakfast wrap and sandwich, oatmeal and fruit. Here's something cool, the most expensive item on the breakfast menu is $3.50.