Places like Specialty's, Mixt Greens, Boxed Foods, and The Sentinel—mostly American lunch stops—are the kings of the midday scene in the FiDi and SoMa. The Asian food sector doesn't get a lot of love, but over the past few years, a few brave, new, quick-service spots are introducing the likes of banh mi, sushi, ssam and adobo to the multi-ethnic working masses. Detractors grumble about sticker shock, but many workers are happy to pay a few extra bucks to know where the meat comes from, or to be able to customize their lunch at will.
When I heard about U-Sushi, a new quick-service sushi spot on Market Street that uses "state-of-the-art robot automation" to make sushi-rolls to-order, I'd be lying if I said visions of R2-D2 squirting wasabi out of a tube didn't come to mind. Sadly, when I arrived for lunch on Friday, no Star Wars cast members were there to streamline my sushi experience, but the speed sushi operation was defininitely drawing a crowd.