Friday, June 5

Loading Dock Luncheon

The first day our lunch showed up at the studio in this packaging, I was hooked before I even took a bite. Packaging pushover, that's me. AND it's all compostable -- extra points! So then I learn it's Doug Monsalud (of the famed LRE Catering) and his crew that are behind the brainchild kitchenette. They're rolling up the door at the loading dock and cranking out 'spontaneous organic covert nourishment' Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:30, or 'whenever they run out'. This is definitely known to happen, so I recommend going on the early side.

The menu is simple and changes daily: a coupla sandwiches, salad(s), housemade chips and/or chicharrones, freshly baked cookies and some sort of seasonal drink like strawberry rhubarb refresher. You can check out the menu, posted daily, to get your salivary g's in gear. kitchenette also serves up plenty of friendly neighborhood attitude and smiles which, I have to say, is counting for more and more in my book these days.

There's nothing fancy about the digs; but if you're staying, there's bench space and lots of folk around you who also love good, simple, tasty fare, so you know you have at least that much in common.

This little sign is what to look for on Illinois St, just about in the middle of the block between 20th and 21st Streets, in Dogpatch.

To kitchenette, I think I can say on behalf of all of us who work in the vicinity of the American Can building, a big fat Thank You!!


  1. very cool! i love the impact of a stamp against simple cardboard packaging. have you seen the packaging for Sweet Revolution Caramels?

  2. this goes so well with the trend of underground (aka cool looking) foodie places that are popping up on sidewalks here and there...
    i love their concept, i might have to try it out real soon ;-)

  3. Excellent great news. I will be sure to check them out. Always looking for a good place to grab food in my hood. Thank you Katie for the scoop!

  4. .. the name.
    I want, I want, I want to go!! But not without you! I'll wear my new chaussettes!

  5. the industrial-looking dock shop adds to the in-the-know feeling,which is nice.