Marla Bakery Kitchen Communal Lunch Mission | Tasting Table San Francisco

The kind of lunch you wish your mother made you

Just like it did at your parents' house, Marla Bakery's new daily lunchbox comes with a few rules:

There's usually only one choice (per day). You carry it back to your desk in a brown paper sack. And you should really eat the fruit before you scarf down dessert. (Or not.)

The lunchbox is available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Amy Brown and Joe Wolf's Marla Bakery Kitchen Communal, which opened before Thanksgiving. "As soon as we heard our kitchen was zoned for bakery retail," Wolf says, "we decided to start selling food out the window." 

They installed a display counter in the ivy-framed doorway–if you're walking on the wrong side of the street, you may miss it–and invited collaborators to join them.

On sale: espresso drinks from Wrecking Ball Coffee, vegan doughnuts from Wholesome Bakery, A Spoonful of Sugar cupcakes and, of course, Marla's ridiculously buttery sweet and savory Danishes.

The contents of one day's lunchbox

Truth be told, the daily lunchbox ($15) is more of a royal feast. On the day we visited we unpacked a giant wedge of a leek-and-green frittata, a mandarin orange and a rich, wintry salad of lacinato kale, roasted squash and pumpkin and pomegranate seeds. Half our meal went into the fridge to finish as a mid-afternoon snack.

That's because, just like in second grade, the cookies came first.