It’s been a while since I shared a list and Friday is perfect for dreaming of weekend revelries – donc, une liste: SF favs for eating.
- Nook – a cozy cafe in Nob Hill with nice happy hours and free wifi
- Goat Hill Pizza – a spectacular pizza joint in Portrero Hill that offers Neighborhood Night, all-you-can-eat pizza and salad for $10.95. They literally walk around with oodles of different types of pizza offering them to you until you fill up and waddle out.
- Hang Ah Tea Room – If I were dying, I would opt to have my last meal here. I’ve been coming with my family since I was maybe 7 or 8 and it’s so deliciously wonderful dim sum that I still drool just thinking about it. They don’t do the typical dim sum walking around with trays thing anymore, but they keep the dim sum menu in tact with unrivaled pork buns and hum su gok. Swoon.
- Hahn’s Habachi – sizzling bi bim bop. Wurd.
- House of Nanking – just down the street from City Lights Books… let them order for you. The waiter will size you up and bring the most delicious Chinese food (other than Hang Ah’s :-P) ever.
- Hyde Street Raw and Seafood – good happy hour deal on oysters. And it’s right on a charming neighborhood-y part of Hyde with cable cars going by. Pretty.
- Polkers – good Polk street diner food, perfect for combining with Polk St. boutique shopping.
- Saigon Sandwich – don’t let the Tenderloin location or suspciously cheap $4 sandwiches fool you – these are the best Vietnamese sandwhich evar. The constant line out the door is reassuring that it’s not all in my head and no one is getting sick from it. The hours are problematic though.
- Steps of Rome – classic North Beach Italian, complete with authentically flirty Italian waiters and wobbly sidewalk seating (or was it just the wine?)
- The Westfield food court – food court needs a new name, this food is too good. Any place that has an Out the Door is a cut above. List of yums.
- Miller’s East Coast Deli – this place kind of reminds me of the 2nd Ave Deli in the Eat Village (NYC). Big honkin’ slices of meat on sandwiches and good deli style comfort food.
- Osha – good Thai chain in convenient locations around the city. The Embarcadero one is a good crowd-pleaser when you need someplace nice and easy to meet people.
- La Boulange – I’m a sucker for French style cafe eateries, even if they’re chains. Yummy for brunch.
- Frjtz – mussels, crepes, Belgian fries, and oodles of dipping sauces. Nom nom nom.
- Pacific Heights – just go here. And eat. And shop. There are too many good places.
- Same with the Marina
- Luna Park – my hands down favorite brunch place in the Bay Area. $9 bottomless mimosas, 2 for 1 bloody marys, yummable foodstuffs.
- Cafe Claude – fancyish French, with live jazz. Good for special occasion or romantic stuff
- Street – I think this is American. Food is a little overpriced and spare but yummy, and they have fun cocktails.
- Ferry Building – for small nomables, or farmer’s market fare on the weekends
- Samovar – the location right next to Yerba Buena Gardens is really beautiful for sitting outside on a nice day; nice for relaxing after combing the MOMA all day.
- The Liberties – unassuming pub food in the Mission at the cusp of Noe Valley, where the more relaxed neighborhoody hipsters are. Also less that one block from The Lone Palm, one of the most chill hipster hideouts in the city.
- Tartine – Mostly baked goods but they have sandwiches and stuff. Those tastey lunchy items that most bakeries have.
Buy buy buy spend spend spend… what ills DOESN’T retail therapy cure?
Sweets Shoppe Dress from Modcloth
Time Flies Watch from Modcloth
Slow and Steady Watch Ring from Modcloth
Skull on Pearl Chain from Topshop
Super Long Chain Tassels from Topshop
Leopard Fur Headband from Topshop
Cream Eyeshadow in Heavy Metal from Topshop
Kohl in Pewter from Topshop
Alexa Chung + Madewell… you did not disappoint. Here is what I nabbed:
Alexa Chung for Madewell Betty Tea Dress
Alexa Chung for Madewell Hello Bat sketchbook t
perfect leather belt (not Alexa Chung, but still Madewell)
Alexa Chung for Madewell Tennessee Dress
I’m super pleased with how the items look in person. They also came with these sweet little wristlets:
It’s a cute little touch. I’m an even bigger fan now.
Ian recently had an idea to mark every street that we walk in San Francisco on a map, with the end goal of eventually walking every street in the city. Systematic and documented activities? Be still my heart! I have met my match.
We didn’t start big and just stayed around the downtown area to shop, eat at my favorite Chinatown restaurant (Hang Ah’s), and see a movie (East A) at the Metreon. Here is what the map looked like at the end of the day – I’m looking forward to watching it turn yellow:
Some highlights of the day were shopping at the Westfield and Ben Sherman and browsing at the Ferrari Store where they apparently beat their employees with the greeter script, i.e.
Sales Clerk #1: Welcome to the largest Ferrari store in America! Where are you visiting us from?
Sales Clerk #1: Is this your first time in San Francisco?
Sales Clerk #1: [blank stare] We have an amazing sale downstairs blah blah etc. etc.
Sales Clerk #2: Welcome to the largest Ferrari store in America! Where are you visiting us from? We have an amazing sale…(blah blah etc etc)!
Please, Ferrari store, let your sales people off the leash!
We also dodged the crowds and eyeballed turtles during a Chinatown street festival
and had some fun in one of the Spirit Halloween stores (the best holidays are finally arriving!).
One thing I’m noticing a lot these days is the increasing awkwardness of the mannequins around the city. Case and point – H&M:
Could someone please give these guys a pee break?
And Bloomindales… an empty handed and empty headed gentleman. Ian let him borrow his phone.
The next day, we didn’t do much walking but we went to the SF flea market. That constituted another dot on the map.
More adventuring to come!