My mom and I are vacationing in San Fran, and went to salon Oxenrose (another CitySearch find) for hair styling, and were delighted to see that we were on the same street as Citizen Cake. We saw on CitySearch that it's #1 for desserts, but decided to try it for lunch and dessert. The atmosphere is very minimalist/trendy. The menus are very clever. To start, they brought us some incredible biscuits, they were scallion biscuits, moist, flavorful. My mother wanted to buy them in the bakery afterwards, but they were not available. We each wanted soup and a salad, but didn't want a bowl of soup - they reduced the portion that was on the menu, so don't be afraid to ask. The soup of the day was a carrot puree - full of flavor - fennel and cumin...topped with yogurt, very delicious. My mother ordered the tomato salad, it was 3 types of local tomatoes (a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds), chives and fabulous feta cheese....with a lovely vinagrette. I ordered the spinach salad. The most creative spinach salad I have ever had. The only thing traditional was the warm dressing. The salad had a warm dressing, a finely diced bacon (I'm guessing it was salt pork?) - small cubed potatoes, and (are you ready for this?) a poached egg on top. TO DIE FOR! The dessert menu was pricey and very eclectic. We chose a dessert called 'The Sting'. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! The sting comes with a shot glass of the most fragrant, unusual, amazing spiced pineapple liquid - the dessert itself is a molton chocolate concoction, with a vanilla cream, and a pile of toasted hazelnuts and crunchies. You take a sip of the spicy liquid, and while it's in your mouth, you scoop some molten chocolate, some vanilla sauce and WOW. The most creative dessert we'd ever had.
Really recommend this place., try it for lunch!!