I had lunch last week at a cute little restaurant called Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout. It is on the corner of Gillis and Pacific, near the historic Columbus Park. The restaurant is located in the old Gillis Sundries, and the original sign still hangs.
Not only is the restaurant vintage and unique, the food was great! Happy Gillis has different soups/sandwiches/salads daily (along with their set menu) , made fresh right in front of you. I went with the sandwich special, a ham, goat cheese and green apple panini. It was so delicious. My mom got the curry chicken salad sandwich, and it was great also! (I know what I will be ordering next trip). I wouldn't say I had buyers remorse, because I loved mine too, I just want the whole curry chicken salad sandwich next time.
Check out Happy Gillis' Web site for a full menu, and follow them on twitter for daily specials.
Hope you enjoy this local spot as much as I did!