Into the tiny space formerly occupied by juice bar Corazon comes Mission Picnic, a sandwich shop that, unbelievably, doesn't cattle-prod bacon straight into every sandwich. In fact, you might say Mission Picnic is, by Valencia Street's standards, practically conservative.
The Hainan Chicken — pulled garlic chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, scallion spread and garlic butter on a French roll — more or less embodies the overall vibe: generous portions without a lot of gimmicks. A focus on texture is always welcome. That said, we're eager to try the King (peanut butter, banana, chocolate, honey and Frosted Flakes on a toasted brioche, with a carton of milk for an extra dollar) because hey, our id is the same as your id and somebody double-dog-dared us.
It's tiny in there, on 22nd and Bartlett, as Mission Picnic seats but eight. Fans of Corazon, take heart: they've retained the weird Coke bottle chandelier above the counter, and you can still get fresh juices, such as pineapple and watermelon.
While this place is an ideal stopover point before a lazy afternoon of hanging out with your friends over Tecates in nearby Dolores Park, the San Franciscan with the garlic butter slathered on makes for a fine lunch-hour picnic-for-one. Pedal up to the park, two blocks up and two over, and it will surely pair well with anything the, um, entrepreneurially-minded cash-only habitués might be purveying.