***The Official San Francisco/Bay Area Thread***

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by sinnedk, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. oulipien

    oulipien Senior member

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    Kensington Cobbler isn't precisely in San Francisco but it's not too hard to get too and the guy is very, very good. (He also may or may not talk your ear off and has a reputation for being crabby. I have never found him crabby, just ... talkative. Doesn't take plastic, either, just cash or checks.)
     


  2. oulipien

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    Quote: Huh how come the split? My ex absolutely swears by Ellie at Uni Tailors. I've only ever taken clothes to Advanced European Tailoring but that's only because I suspect Ellie dislikes me (see reference to "ex").
     


  3. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

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    berkley is too long a drive for the work, i work in south bay so maybe i'll hit up FJ western. My guy in south san francisco does a great job but charges a lot.
     


  4. HOT Sriracha

    HOT Sriracha Senior member

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    Eat:

    Dim Sum- HK Lounge
    Banh Mi-Saigon Sandwich
    Corner store sandwich - Roxies on San Jose Ave, Arguello Market
    Jewish Deli-Millers East Coast
    Burrito: El Farolito, Papalote, Cancun
    Southern: Brendas in TL, Meat n Three on Divisadero
    Chinese: San Tung, So
    Dumplings: Shanghai dumping king
    Ramen: Waraku in Japantown
    Pizza: Little star, Golden Boy, Tonys
    Bakery: Devils Teeth
    Sushi: Saru, An Sushi for omakase
    Coffee: Blue Bottle Hayes, Trouble Coffee, Sightglass
    Ice Cream: Mitchells, Mr/Mrs Misc, Birite, humphry slocombe.
    Pasta to go: Luccas Ravoili

    Short list, will add more later.
     


  5. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

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    i will start going down this list, i think i've been to some
     


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  7. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    I might find myself with some free time in San Francisco mid-May. My wife has a conference, so I'd be kicking around solo for a couple days.

    Any suggestions on stuff to do during the day, while solo?

    How about things to do with my wife on the weekend?

    I'm not adverse to doing touristy-y things, but I also like just kicking back and relaxing. Are there any "must-do" or "things to avoid" from the SF crowd?

    Thanks in advance!
     


  8. rcourtie

    rcourtie New Member

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    A fun thing I like to do (with or w/o my wife or a few friends) is start at Anthony's Cookies on Valencia (close to the 24th St Mission BART station) and then just walk north on Valencia. There's lots of food, little boutiques, coffee, tea. I like to go all the way up north to Four Barrel Coffee on 15th st. If you go west on 18th street you'll walk by Mission Dolores Park where you'll see tons of people chilling' (on the weekend probably too many people).

    Small selection of stuff along Valencia that I like:
    • Anthony's Cookies
    • Ritual Coffee Roasters
    • Self Edge
    • Mission Workshop
    • Dandelion Chocolate
    • Hawker Fare (I think this just opened recently but it's really good)
    • Samovar (tea)
    • Four Barrel

    There's way way more stuff but you can just wander up Valencia and it's pretty chill and lots of what I'd call "very San Francisco" stuff.
     


  9. oulipien

    oulipien Senior member

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    What part of the city will you be in? What sort of things are you looking to do?
     


  10. oulipien

    oulipien Senior member

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    Lots of good bookstores along Valencia, too. You could start out at 24th and Treat and get tacos at Vallarta (highly recommended), get some coffee at Haus, check in some of the little bookstores on 24th, then turn north on Valencia and there's Dog Eared Books on 20th.

    Browser Books on Fillmore @ Sacramento is quite nice as well, and that neighborhood has some nice jewelry and art stores (as well as various boutiques that I can't remember anything about). If you keep going north from there you can get a great view over the Marina out to the GG bridge.
     


  11. AntiHero84

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    Everything is speculative right now. We still need to secure a babysitter while we're away (cough Grandma cough) first.

    I really like rcourtie's suggestions. Coffee and denim are some of my favorite things.

    Is the city walkable? What about mass transit?

    Thanks for the recs!
     


  12. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It really depends upon what you like and your interests.

    I take most out of town guests to the Ferry building. The view of the bay is great and you have numerous options for food, drinks, or snacks. Boulettes Larder is perhaps the best breakfast in all of Northern CA (great dinner too!), or the Slanted Door for modern Vietnamese food and great cocktails.

    Why not grab a ride on a ferry to Sausalito (and then get the next return) you can grab a coffee or a glass of wine while on board. Or if you have the energy rent a bike from Blazzing Saddles ride over the Golden Gate bridge and take the ferry back from Sausalito. It's a great way to see the bay and get a feeling for the beauty of the area.

    I like knocking around North Beach. Head to the original quality denim store AB Fits. Go into City Lights Bookstore (the first publisher of the Beat poets and international literary meeting place) There will be lots of bars, coffee shops, restaurants around there.

    Swing by Union Square and have a coffee or a snack at the cafe and enjoy the nice weather. Most of the people will be tourists but it is friendly. Catch a cable car (they are fun) if you've never done it. The bar restaurant at Campton Place on Union Square is a favorite, quiet and elegant setting for drinks or eating from the bar menu.

    On the weekend, why not rent a car and drive up to Napa Valley. Stop anywhere, there are tons of great wine tasting options. Check yelp or NYTimes reviews for suggestions that suit your tastes.
     


  13. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

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    @GusW has some great suggestions as does @rcourtie

    few places id mention:
    hayes valley, lots of cool shops and resteraunts
    haight
    chinatown, you can do that if you are in union square, its close enough
     


  14. oulipien

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    If you make it to hayes valley DEFINITELY go to the 20th Century Café. Amazing pastries and knishes.
     


  15. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    @AntiHero84 One of the great fun places to stop for a drink on all of SF is The Tonga Room. http://www.tongaroom.com

    Enjoy exotic cocktails while the band floats out to the center of the pool and later a rain shower will gently fall.

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