I don't usually get too excited for chicken salad sandwiches, but I found this rosemary chicken salad ($9), on the brunch and lunch menus at Starbelly in San Francisco's Castro, pretty irresistible.
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A riff on a Green Goddess salad and Starbelly's excellent bacon and jalapeno studded spaghetti in pizza form was an ordering no-brainer.
I've long loved Starbelly for their delicious, seasonally-inspired take on California pizzas, their tasty lunch options, and their bright, neighborhoody space complete with a back patio. So it was only a matter of time before I made it back to review their burger, a tasty creation of Prather Ranch beef served up on a freshly baked bun from Pinkie's Bakery.
Starbelly's Dungeness crab cake po' boy ($15), available at lunch and brunch, is as fresh and produce-oriented as a sandwich involving fried fish can be. Couched in a warm, fresh roll, the sandwich is certainly smaller than its New Orleans' cousins, and seems to have tomato slices as thick as the red pepper-laced crab cakes. Still, the flavor of the crab most certainly shines through, and an ample dollop of Old Bay aioli keeps the sandwich from feeling too healthy.
Seasonally-driven pizzas shine with fresh, creative topping combinations; the "American style" sourdough crust is bread-y, flavorful and satisfying.