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Best Person to Pack Your Lunch 

Amy Brown of Marla Bakery

It's been years since Mom has packed us lunch, but now we've found a surrogate in Amy Brown, proprietress of Marla Bakery. The former Nopa pastry chef is currently working on her Balboa Street brick-and-mortar space, but thankfully we're able to enjoy the breads, Marla buns, and tarts of her labor in the meantime at her small pop-up window in the Mission. During the week, she offers a $15 boxed lunch, complete with a savory entrée (think flatbread with caramelized onions, bacon, and a fried egg, or a kale, cheese, and onion frittata); a vegetable side such as roasted Tokyo turnips with sherry vinaigrette or roasted chicories with pickled chantarelle mushrooms; a piece of fruit; and two cookies. On the weekends, Brown serves up brunch items like her famous English muffins topped with a poached egg, ancho chili pork, and green garlic cream. No offense to Mom, but Brown sure has her beat.

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