Farm fresh organic lunches in the Mission..
When a gourmet, organic lunch counter becomes a better business proposition than a 40oz.-slinging corner store, you know a rough neighborhood is changing. So it is on 24th in the Mission, where you'll find Pal's Take-Away tucked in the back of Tony's Market, serving sandwiches, salads and desserts to local hipster-locavores. Name-dropping farmers market purveyors like Marin Sun Farms, Fatted Calf Meats and Acme Bread for foodie-cred, the daily changing menu goes a little something like veggie "banh mi" with spring shallot-ginger-roasted cauliflower, asparagus, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno, carrot daikon and herbed mayo, or a grilled steak on acme rye with soy-roasted shitakes, house-made horseradish sour cream, pickled shallots and wild greens. The portions are a bit small, but for using such expensive ingredients, they seem fair for the price. Another minor complaint would be the wait--it's just a two-man counter deal with no kitchen, and they put a lot of TLC into each sandwich—but, then again, it's always a good sign when people are willing to stand in line.