Our favorite thing to get here (for me and my mom anyway) is the hue beef soup, which is really really spicy in comparison to most other spicy soups in Viet restaurants. It's located a little ways away from most of the downtown action, so there usually isn't much of a rush.
Fare is about what you would expect for a bowl of pho (4-6$).
Stanroy caters to virtually an entire orchestra--the store is huge and yet it has enough to keep most types of musicians busy. They have a vast variety of sheet music, which is their strongest point (besides possibly their guitar help). While they won't have too many pianos on hand, the staff is competent and friendly enough to show you a thing or two as well!
Nicholson Music is good if you want to browse around for beginner's guitar needs, mostly. The music selection is modest at best, but decent enough if you want to pick up a new sheet or two to look at. They also have a little recording booth too, which is kind of cool.
When I used to have piano lessons in high school, this was the place where we had recitals. The staff is very friendly and accommodating, and the room with the performance piano is sizable for a shop of this size.
Their piano selection is also quite good. Whether you're looking for a grand or even an electric clavichord, the staff is good at showing you what you want.
I liked my first experience with a Jose Bernstein burrito--a nice, warm Carne Asada. However, my heart lies with their horchata. It's pretty darn good. Not quite on par with a certain restaurant in the Bronx, but still not bad. And for $2, you get a lot of horchata.
If you want to go somewhere semi-classy on the river, look no further than the Cliff House, where they offer a wide variety of surf and turf as well as typical American fare. If you go for lunch (like I did), take a stroll up and down the dock. It's a nice, refreshing little walk to go with your meal (which, incidentally, is going to run you a little bit).
I have to say, I was a little skeptical because of the whole beach-sandwich theme, but their sandwiches aren't bad. On the whole, they're pretty affordable, and even the stranger, more exotic sounding ones don't taste too bad.
Bella Bru may not exactly have the best coffee I've ever had (and indeed Starbuck's now rivals it) but it has been a staple of the community for a long time ever since I have been in high school. The staff is typically very nice, and it's kind of soothing to have a cup of coffee and a pastry while taking in the busy landscape of cars and people going in and out of Ralph's next door.
I only have breakfast there. The coffee is alright, as well as the eggs florentine. They make pretty tasty home-squeezed tangerine-orange juice as well. However, expect to pay up for a larger breakfast (up to about 15$).
The pastries, however, are pretty good. They're nice little novelties to go with breakfast.
The burgers were pretty good. I was a little skeptical at first over the quality and size of the burger, but I was immediately reassured by the huge mouthwatering thing that I saw when they served it. The patty is very large and juicy, and the pickles that they serve with it are a nice refresher to go with your meal.