Trou Normand
Trou Normand

Trou Normand

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trounormandsf.com/
  • Phone: 4159750876
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: M-F 5:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Cracco
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer our "Butcher Room" for private events. It holds 14 people seated or 25 for a standing room buffet or cocktail party. Trou Normand is also available for a full buy out. Please contact events@trounormandsf.com for any inquiries. Soon our patio will be available for private events as well which will seat up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Robert Nelson 4159750876

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Natoma
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Trou Normand
Named for the northern French tradition of a shot of brandy between courses, this second location, from the owners of James Beard Award winning Bar Agricole, unites the pleasures of traditional mixed drinks and uncomplicated food. The focus of the kitchen is house-made charcuterie and salumi. As many as 40 types of charcuterie are available on the all-day menu. Seasonal sides and simple cuts of meat round out the dinner options. The menu will change throughout the day from breakfast through dinner and late night. The focus of the drink menu is brandy. Many of the Armagnacs, Cognacs and Calvados served at Trou Normand and Bar Agricole are found nowhere else in the world.
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Trou Normand reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)great for outdoor dining (35)good for groups (34)vibrant bar scene (33)hot spot (30)neighborhood gem (28)great for lunch (25)special occasion (11)notable wine list (10)romantic (9)late-night find (8)great for brunch (6)Show More
  • Not enough space!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    If you have a small group, be prepared to sit uncomfortably close to the group next to you. We were sitting between two other couples and ordered one of the small charcuterie boards to start. There was so little table space that the poor couple next to us could barely fit their drinks. We felt so uncomfortable being so close to them when they were on a first date, we just ended up finishing our drinks and charcuterie and leaving to have dinner elsewhere. What were the owners thinking when they designed this place? They were obviously so focused on making it aesthetically pleasing that they forgot that people are going to actually have to eat there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It took 15 minutes to get my glass of wine! The menu is limited and rather basic, although I would say, not in Normandy fashion. I had no idea the portions are so large. I ordered the rabbit pate, which was very good, the polenta was huge and I expected something more rustic, less creamy. The cranberry beans had too much of a bacon flavor. I could finish neither the polenta nor beans. For a frenchified hamburger joint, the prices are quite steep.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    OK food execution. Good food quality. Communal dining tables can get crowded.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great time at Trou Normand!
    DoloresheightsdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Trou Normand is close to where I work downtown so I have had lunch there many many times. I had dinner with friends for the first time this week. It was fun and delicious. A great place to meet, talk, and share food and wine. The hostess, Gina, was fabulous and so accommodating to our group of five. I love the décor of the restaurant and the building is amazing. It just feels special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great space/ not so great food
    SFdatenightVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nothing was memorable....except the super rude hostess who acted as if we were bothering her by being there on time, actually by being there at all. The food was okay. Our waiter was very nice and helpful though and the wine was good.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    citygirlVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Outstanding service and delicious food. A unique dining experience. The communal seating is a little funky but we sat at the bar so it wasn't an issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for the meat living foodie
    MeatisLove
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    If you love charcuterie this is your place. Balance the richness with a Algonquin cocktail and the meal will be one of your most memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Client meetings near Moscone
    BusinessAndaMeal
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had a great experience at Trou Normand! Met a new client there for lunch. "hello" from the wait staff was warm, engaged. We monopolized a table for 2.5 hours, needless to say the pitch was successful! We never felt pressure to order, move or hurry; really refreshing. I had the mortadella with little gems, amazing! Had a chance to turn my guest on to an affogato... Think he'll be a devotee for life. Wish me luck on my next big pitch, it will be at Trou Normand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World flavor
    EnjoyableVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our first time to Trou Normand was met with richly flavorful charcuterie. Even lardo, usually kind of gross, was very enjoyable like good soft butter. the pork chop was just short of outstanding because it was a cut of 50% fat. the flavor of the tender meat was accented by the salty rub and balanced with the char. We got about 4 good bites of meat and the rest of the chop was super fatty. Meatballs were nicely tender, Tagliatelle tasted homemade, and the salads were enjoyable and not too tiny. Had both a wonderful sparkling cremant that was slightly sweet but dry enough to enjoy more than one glass. we also has a great nebbiolo that gave old world flavor but light enough to let the food shine. Uniquely enjoyable for a new place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a surprise!
    FoodGoodnessVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Living in SOMA I'm always jealous of The Mission or Hayes Valley with their notable eateries. But now we have one too! Trou Normand was a surprise treat we didn't know was here in SOMA! Simple decor with oversized booths for bigger parties were in the front room. We were taken out to a patio! Who knew! The glass roof provided views of the towering lit up buildings. The cocktails were creative and delicious! The plates were smallish to share so we had many bites of deliciousness! The pates, sausages, heirloom tomatoes, squash, peppers were freshness and goodness! The pork chop was huge and the juiciest cut I've ever tasted! Can't wait to sample the rest of the menu! This might just be my new place to hang in SOMA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • for those who love meat
    rshorensVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had the small assortment of pate and salumi, different every night. Excellent appetizers with delicious bread. My husband had the gigantic and juicy pork chop, while I had very delicious paparadelle with meat sauce. There looks like a lovely outdoor seating area .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing experience
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My Open Table reservation didn't mention anything about communal seating, however we were put at a communal table in an undesirable location (only table in the room). I don't mind communal seating, but this should be mentioned when booking! The rest of the table was empty for the first hour, so it lacked atmosphere. An hour into our meal, a large party was seated at the rest of the table - the quiet room became too noisy. The food was good, with one frustrating exception. Our piece of pork chop was about 70% fat. Our server told us their meat is farm raised, expected to have more fat, and they don't trim fat. She didn't admit that >50% fat was a problem(!), though she offered to send it back so we could order another dish (which we did).
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch review
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    went for lunch- had reservations but no one was in the bar where we were sat. 2 glasses of wine and 2 sandwiches. Nothing on the plate except the sandwich.
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  • Strange menu & venue
    SFShermVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It's not often I'm baffled by a menu - I came here for lunch and just wasn't sure how or what to order. The server recommended the charcuterie platter (what TN is known for), which we ordered. It was tasty, but it was essentially a platter of highly fatty meats, and felt like a "bad" choice for lunch. There were sandwiches also, which we did not try. Unclear how different the dinner menu is. As for the venue, there's a L shaped Bar area, that is the inside of the restaurant (small, feels like a bar) and the outdoor dining area -- which will probably be lovely once that highrise behind it is finished being built (another year?). The noise was loud and intrusive. I'd come here for drinks & nibbles, but not to eat a meal.
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  • Lunch Date
    AtmosphereorFood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food: a friend and I started lunch with the charcuterie plate, which was excellent. I don't even remember what was on it except for it being delicious. We then shared a salad and a fried bologna sandwich with BBQ sauce, both of which were super tasty. The food in general was excellent. Atmosphere: the decor is a little spartan but somehow everything in the place just works for me. I love the paintings they chose and I like the big leather booths, high ceilings and the wood and marble. It's just classic. The wait staff also did a great job. There weren't a ton of people when I visited so the noise level was low. I can't wait to go back for dinner or maybe even another lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Small menu, meat-heavy
    PnjabanVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Decent food at a convenient SOMA location. It's not my favorite place though and I probably won't go back unless invited by a client. It had a cold feeling.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Genuine French Charcouterrie
    Laina
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This new restaurant in the Financial District is charming and obviously a work of love by the chef and staff. Not many places in town to find French pates, sausages, and in-house French style hams. Very nice indeed. Laina
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat coma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Yum ! Everything was great, wonderful charcuterie and great veal dishes- very nice to see! Sat outside which is great. Definitely in a meat coma by the end, but that's A-OK every so often! Prefer much more than B Agricole too...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    niece
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The building that houses this restaurant is beautiful and so it the decor. The staff is friendly and delightful. The food is some of the best I have had in SF!! All charcuterie is house made and is incredible. Top notch experience!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    zzbrinsky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    would not recommend. Vaunted pork chop was large as promised,but shrunk to less than half the size after cutting off fat. the remainder was too well done and lacked flavor.Other dishes were fair at best. None of our group of 4 would consider coming back.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Best. Pork chop. EVER!
    GreyWolfEats
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    17 ounces of pure deliciousness! Cooked to perfection!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An oasis in the middle of downtown
    food4tought
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The atmosphere is very nice and relaxed. The restaurant feels intimate and the bar is the shinning star, but we sat outside at one of the communal tables, since it was a warm summer day. To get to the terrace you have go through the butchery, where they do all the operations, so you really need to like pig in any form and shape and don't mind watching how pork products are prepared ( they are not coming from the plastic wrap). Great charcuterie wooden boards and pickles to share, sandwiches and cocktails. This is a carnivorous dream, not really a vegetarians one, but they had at least one vegetarian sandwich(eggplant) on the menu and it was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Not what I expected
    VHung08VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Maybe I had high expectations since I've heard they are busy after work and you can only try to walk in, but I thought they would have more options for main dishes and not just a large selection of charcuterie and cheeses. Not very filling for a meal, even with the spiced up sandwiches.
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  • joycieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    very disappointing space is claustrophobic despite high ceilings service poor food just so so drinks were good but no reason to go back
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nh89
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Love the ambiance and feel of this place. The concrete and brick walls, modern art, high ceilings, candle lit tables. Each and everything we ordered was so tasty, so much flavor in every bite. The service was great, we don't eat pork and they were able to vegetarian-ize the entree options for us. We were celebrating a promotion and our first home together, and even got complimentary bubbly, great experience and will definitely be back soon :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Vibrant and loud Friday evening in the bar. Very cool intimate space in the bar with old time tufted swanky booths. The charcuterie sampler was outstanding. The salmon meal portions were huge and the seasoning very different and refreshing. The melon cucumber salad was a delightful combination and the tomatoes on the chefs brushetta were so fresh and flavorul. I want to go back and sit in the outside space!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trou love
    NoElevenVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great place and service. Delicious cocktails and food!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie321
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The few tables that they had in the restaurant are all shared tables. They do have outdoor sitting, under heated lamps. Loud music and bad acoustics made it hard to have a conversation even with the person sitting next to you. Since I was at one end of the table, I was unable to converse with my other 2 other companions sitting at the further end of the table. Cocktails-good; food-good. The pork chop at $30 came with no accompaniments. You have to order sides separately. And the sides are paltry for what they charge ($8-10). The eggplant side had exactly 4 thin slices of eggplant, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Whats up with this? This place is worth trying once. Will I go back there again? I doubt it.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service with a smile
    Kakhi
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Because of small communal booth, we sat at the bar. An excellent choice because Eric O. waited on us. He was friendly and engaging explaining the origin of the one vodka available and recommended food choices. We will definitely visit again.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative and tasty menu
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Enjoyed both food and drinks. Outside dining is a bit tricky with depending on the cool SF breeze. Service very uneven with understaffing of tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer in SF
    JackielkVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have to say it was windy and cold and sitting on the metal chairs in a skirt made it very uncomfortable.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Difficult as a lunch spot
    Petunia123VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Dinner? Great menu. Lunch? Meat options only. The lunch menu should be expanded to have at least one vegetable side dish. Also, the outdoor dining space is pointless with all the construction - you can't hear anyone talking or even hear yourself think.
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  • Very, very loud
    LLdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was good. Dining experience was over shadowed by uncomfortably high noise level stemming from high ceiling, hard surfaces, loud music, and vibrant bar scene. Conversation was nearly impossible. Our party of three, even though we were sitting near each other in a booth, had to shout and repeat multiple times to be heard. My ears were ringing after dinner as if I attended a loud concert without ear plugs.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch bunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I took a group of retired teachers. The server was wonderful. Said Certainly to a request for sepRate checks. Expertly answered many questions about the many charcuterie items we weren't familiar with. Cocktails were great. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    4 of us shared several starters, main dishes and sides and loved every one of them. Small venue, felt like we found a secret gem. Fun night, great meal. Staff was professional and seemed enthusiastic about their venue.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • EattravelVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Excellent charcuterie. Good cocktail program. Best for quick bite and drink, very busy and shared tables (booths).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • odd place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    unusual menu; too noisy for larger group conversation; strange long booths; no plan to return; get some better art
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  • Underwhelming and awkward
    dwntnrob
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everyone should know that the space is almost entirely composed of communal tables. I was told that only two tables in the entire restaurant are not communial. I made a dinner reservation for 5, hoping this would get us out own table. My party was seated at the large corner booth and about 15 mins later, asked to make room for 4 additional strangers. There simply wasn't enough room for all of us at that table, so I asked the host to move us to the patio, which would have worked out fine, but their electric heat lamps were not working. The chefs selection of charcuterie was boring. The pasta dishes were ok. The pork roast was good, but not worth the price. Everything considered, I probably won't return.
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    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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  • Friendly staff, Excellent Service
    AerialSF
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I work nearby and have been several times for lunch. Mostly on lunch dates, once with a large group celebration lunch and once for dinner. The food is delicious. The people that work here are friendly, professional and make the experience relaxed and enjoyable. Very attentive. Trou Normand is a gem in a beautiful building. Great stop for morning coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meatball Sandwich in SF
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We started our lunch with the large version of their charcuterie plate. The pates were wonderful, but some of the sliced meats were primarily fat. I'm sure some folks love it, but all I could think of was calories and cholesterol. The meatball sandwich was out of this world. So good, I want to return to try other items on the menu.
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    great for lunch
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