This place has pretty much what you would expect from a tiny flower shop. It doesn't really have a building of its own but is sort of outside with a little roof over it. The prices are standard and the selection is decent. The quality of the flowers is high. They usually have the bright blue (dyed) orchids that you find at other shops in the area, which seem popular, and these come at a decent price. Some other more exotic flowers can be found here too, and the location is convenient.
"Herc" (as the staff refer to him, and it seems like the patients are welcome to do this too, although I never did) is a cool person and a wonderful dentist. He is the most particular dentist I ever had. On your first appointment he will go personally through your mouth with a little pick and measure your gum pockets at several spots on the sides of each tooth to assess your gum health. This takes forever and isn't the most fun thing, but it's great that he does it. He also has a thing about not polishing teeth with the buffing machine, because apparently this is an out-of-date technology that's bad for your teeth and is only done by other dentists because their patients like the slick feeling that it gives your teeth for a few hours after cleanings. The hygienists are regularly sent to conferences so that they can keep up to date on information like this. Despite the Kensington address, the office is actually right on the border with Berkeley, so it's really not far to go if you're in Berkeley or even Oakland. It's definitely worth it. The office is also friendly and you get nice, personal attention -- one time I chipped a tooth and although it wasn't serious or painful, they worked me in to get it fixed the very same day.
Dr. Feldman is a really great chiropractor and nice to talk to. The office is very pleasant -- the front desk people are really friendly and there's a massage chair and a water cooler in the waiting room. The whole experience is very soothing. Dr. Feldman is really relaxed and patient, and he does a great job. Sometimes he comes back from chiropractic conferences with some new ideas that he will try out on you if you are into it. Regular patient get a free adjustment during the month of their birthday, and there are other personal touches like this that make this place special like cute little journals in the waiting room with handwritten testimonials from patients.
Dr. Sugerman is a great chiropractor. He is a good choice if you are wary of violent cracking and want someone who will treat you without a lot of the dramatic twisting and crunching that many other chiropractors do (which some people prefer). He is also a very nice person, very friendly and chatty and a good listener. When I have been there, the office was not crowded at all, and last I checked he had convenient hours as well, though he has moved at least once and may have a different setup at the new office.
Platanos is a place to go if you would like to go someplace cool and you don't mind shelling out a little cash. The decor is really neat, including nice plants and ceiling fans with blades that look like palm fronds. The food is very creative South American fare that you won't find many other places. Definitely try the sangria, and definitely order papusas. But otherwise it seems you can't go wrong with this menu. This is a nice quiet place if you go early, though probably it gets crowded later (or it should, anyway) since it's pretty small.
Puerto Alegre has great food including giant, delicious burritos smothered with cheese and sauce (you definitely have to use a fork). The margaritas are also excellent. We've gone several times and the food and service were consistently good. Also, the decor is great. The red leather (or faux leather) booths are comfy and give the place a relaxed, old-school feel. Highly recommended.
This place is really dorky, like so many other places on Pier 39. They certainly do have a large variety of socks, but they're all kind of cheesy and nothing anybody I know would ever wear. It might be interesting to take your kids in there, but on the other hand that could be very dangerous. I recommend that if you are really into socks, you should just go online and order some rather than going through the hassle of visiting this store.
This place is unbelievable. If you have never had buckwheat crepes, you don't know what you're missing. Ti Couz has both savory and sweet crepes -- save room for one of each. You can't go wrong no matter what fillings you order, but be sure to get the mushroom sauce on your savory crepe. The cocktail menu is also outstanding, with many original drinks that are quite tasty and make a nice start to the meal, especially in combination with an order of bread and one of the delicious flavored butters that are offered. This place is fairly pricey, but outstanding food and friendly service make it worthwhile.
We were with an out of town guest walking down Columbus looking for a good place to eat when we were accosted by a man in the doorway of the Mona Lisa inviting us to come in. Normally I find that sort of thing off-putting, but our friend was taken in by it and so we obliged and went in. I was very pleasantly surprised. The food was great, the wine was great, and the decor is really cool. It is a nice little spot for dinner and a lot quieter than some other places on Columbus. Our friend even said he was going to bring his girlfriend back there on the night he planned to propose to her!
This place has pretty good food, not outstanding but better than a lot of places in North Beach. On the other hand, it is a little corny and the music can be pretty loud. We got the feeling that most of the people in there were tourists, and the restaurant appears to cater to that. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with this, especially if you're with out of town guests who want to do touristy things, but it may not be the best choice otherwise.