When the economy is down, it is only prudent to support locally owned and operated shops. Bread On Market is one such establishment, a labor of love of Susanna Starcevic. This is a real French style bakery in a town dominated by taco shells and pita bread just a few city blocks removed from Petco Park (baseball stadium) and Gaslamp Quarters in Downtown San Diego. There is plenty of parking in the area, and a few outside tables on the patio. Lunching out on one of these won’t remind you of Paris, but the place can really feel like a pocket of serenity in the sea of rowdy baseball fans on game days.
The restaurant is an airy hole-in-the-wall next to the newly opened Black History Museum on Market St. Very neighborly in style and service. The breakfast menu (served all day) is rather spartan; ranging from house granola cereal with milk or yogurt ($3.50) to French toast of Cranberry bread in egg custard ($5.50). Meat, egg, and fruit are available as side dishes.
I must say, this place is rather expensive for a deli… Sandwiches go from $7.50 (Egg Salad) to $8.75 (Club Sandwich), topping the menu with the $11.75 combo of a sandwich of your choice with chips, cookies, and a bottle of water (designed for those heading for a baseball game at Petco Park). I have only tried their tuna sandwich ($8.25) and the Tuscany ($8.25) with its fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, olives, onion, tomato and arugula on Francese roll. I’m normally an unrepentant meat-eater, but this vegan-friendly sandwich yields so persuasive a combo of tastes that competes so well with the the (Black forest) Ham and (Swiss) Cheese on Foccacia that it adds another adjective to the list of unsavory ones that aptly describe me… Indecisive.
The vegetarians among us will find a good selection of salads from $6.75 (house salad) to $8.25.. Or even their house chili. The counter is also full of assorted bakery goodies and variety of homemade bread… often with refreshing playful variations. The breads are more expensive than what you would find at either of the two supermarkets in Downtown, but the superior quality more than justifies the difference. Keep an eye out for creatively shaped rolls and stuff. Don’t you just love people who play with their food?
Bread On Market
750 Market St. (Between 7th and 8th Avenues)
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel (619) 795 – 2790 Website: www.breadonmarket.com
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7AM-5PM Sat: 8AM-4PM (closing time is 7PM on Padres’ game days)