My favorite spots are The Whole Spice (you think you know spices, this is McCormick x 100!) and Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant. Selections are out of this world! Be warned though, it can get crowded and its a tight space but that's a small con to all the pros.
All of that said, there is a restaurant located in one of the far corners of the marketplace called the Kitchen Door where I've had dinner there a couple of times. Food is pretty good and decently priced ($10-$30) and one of the times I went I ordered their Banh Mi Sandwich with Duck. Not your traditional Vietnamese banh mi but a pretty darn good play on it! Full of bold flavors! I liked it so much I decided to dissect it so that I can make my own at home. It's full of veggies so actually not a bad option to have as a sandwich to eat and I think I did a pretty good job. The only disappointing thing is when you order the sandwich at the restaurant it comes with these amazing sweet potato fries which of course I haven't dabble into yet. Sorry sandwich only this time.
Chinese BBQ Pork Banh Mi Sandwich
* I made this according to taste so measurements are not exactly as listed
- 1 cup of Chinese BBQ pork, cut into strips (any type of non heavily marinated protein will work)
- slices of cucumber
- bean sprouts
- sliced radish
- fresh sliced jalapeno
- spicy mayo (mayo + sriracha hot sauce)
- fresh dill (or dried)
- fresh cilantro
- mint leaves
- pickled carrots + diakon radish (or I got lazy and bought broccoli slaw + balsamic vinegar/apple cider +olive oil)
- French baguette or sour dough (I bought these amazing rolls from Gayle's Bakery in Santa Cruz)
- 1 cup of marinade: (adjust as needed, tasting is very important): Masterpiece honey teriyaki sauce (3-4 tbsp), Kikkoman teriyaki sauce (3-4 tbsp), Worcestershire (1 -2 tsp), sriracha (1-2 tbsp), hoisan sauce (2-3 tbsp), sesame oil (a few drops only!!), Yoshida sauce (4-5 tbsp)
- Mix together ingredients for the marinade and add in pork making sure the pork is coated thoroughly. Set aside. If using dried dill then add this in as well.
- Prepare sandwich by toasting the bread then then to assemble: bread > spicy mayo > bean sprouts > jalapeno > cucumber > radish > carrots+diakon > marinaded BBQ pork > bread.
- Give it a little smash and enjoy!