Crossroads Cafe: Straightforward and Delicious


I love going to Crossroads Cafe by the Waterfront in San Francisco. It’s part restaurant and part bookstore. It’s also part of the Delancey Street Foundation which helps former substance abusers, ex-convicts, and homeless people turn their lives around. All the employees of the cafe are part of the residential self-help organization that are learning key skills in restaurant operations. My BFF introduced me to Crossroads many years ago and I always enjoy going there for their inexpensive and delicious food.


Three of us decided to head out to Crossroads today. When the weather is hot, it is actually nice to cool down at least 10 degrees by heading out to the City. I was craving a hot fudge sundae, but I guess I needed to have lunch first. At Crossroads, you order at the counter and your food is delivered to your table.


It was a beautiful day, so we sat outside where there is a really nice garden. I had ordered the BLT with avocado. Perfectly toasted with applewood bacon, it also came with a side salad. At $4.95, it is a total bargain. The sandwich hit the spot.


One of my friends ordered the tuna melt, which is a sandwich I typically order because it is really good. I have yet to find a better tuna melt anywhere else. The bread is crisp and light and the tuna and cheese has just the right amount of richness (which is not too rich).


One of my favorite things to get is their tasty hot fudge sundae. I still had room for a single scoop so I went back to the counter. They start out with Mitchell’s ice cream, add chocolate fudge, add some more ice cream, spoon out homemade whipped cream, and toss on toasted pecans. Delicious! It’s well worth the $3.15.


The items on the Crossroads menu tend to be simple and taste homemade. All the employees are really nice which really shows how awesome the organization is and why they are so successful.