For such a tiny store, you'd be hard pressed to think you could find everything you'd want there. But once you get in there, you'd be hard pressed to leave without spending over $60 in fantastic morsels for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Their deli is fantastic (try the Fidel). I love picking up pork roasts there -- their staff is always ready to provide practical and useful preparation tips.
Hanging out in Dolorest Park? Pick up their White Trout dip or Cowgirl Creamy Red Hawk Cheese with some acme baguette.
Beware of the temptations near the register: namely, the chocolate pound cake with sour cream.
Super secret tip: skip the Bi-Rite ice cream line across the street. Instead, go to the back of the Bi-Rite Market for ice cream by the pint: Salted Caramel or Mint Chocolate Chip.
Went in their on a whim, and was gleefully happy with the mini coconut cream cake we came away with. About 6" tall and 6" in circumference. Amazing! We also picked up the chocolate chocolate cupcake cake - to die for.
My next dinner party for 6-8, I will be ordering a mini cake to serve.
Excellent service and knowledgeable staff willing to help those of us with a not-so-green thumb.
Went there in search of a dwarf lemon tree, kale and other potted plants. Everyone there seems to care about gardening. a lot of homeowners were there chatting up in the nursery area about slugs and tips for getting rid of them. Felt very neighborly.
The person who helped me with my Dwarf Meyer Lemon needs (Sue? Susan?) was happy to help and provided some guidance on how to care for the plants I was buying.
This is a great cheap date night on a Friday. Richly delicious soul food. Quaintly divey. The food is in the back (self-service brought to your table). My favorite is crawfish and grits, thought pork & waffles (potatoes) were delicious.
We ordered a salad to 'balance' out the heavy yumminess. If you're a SF Giants fan, you can count on the front bar to be airing the game.
Parking is easy. Broken Record is in the southern most part of SF (where streets are named "Italy", "Russia" , "London", "Paris" and "Geneva", which is what Broken Record is on.
One of my favorite baseball parks in the country. Being in San Francisco, you should expect to wear layers. I love going to evening games in the summer and seeing the sunset hues spill over the stadium and the bay.
Two things that always give into there: the crazy crab sandwich (you have to go to the outfield foodstands to get) and the Sheboygans.
I recommend this place to all my pals in the MIssion, Duboce Triangle, Castro and Noe neighborhoods.
My favorite is the tofo banh mi -- with extra cucumbers. Though the chicken and pork are good too. I"m not a fan of their pate/pork combo. The pate detracts.
Even though Ike's issoon to move back to their old location on 16th, I'll still go to Dinosaurs for a slightly lighter lunchtime sandwich.
Excellent Cubano sandwich. Went there for lunch on a Thursday with a colleague. No waiting on line. We got our order quickly and boy was I happy. I think it's one of the top Cubanos I've had in SF -- for only $10. It came with a small salad and I ordered an Arnold Palmer, to boot.
I'd go back again. Perfect place for business lunch. Apparently they sell their own wine, but I'm not sure I'd go for that. The sandwich was delicious.
Next time, I'll try the roast turkey that they're known for.
No reservations. First come, first serve. Short menu, simple ingredients. Amazing quality. This is the kind of place that is is focused on quality pizza making. The place is run by a couple -- their moped and motorcycle parked in front.
When you first walk in, you know they're serious about pizza. You're greeted by what looks like a stage for a pizza maker and his back up band, the OVEN. He's cranking out pizzas whilst the rest of us sits and watches the show. Speaking of which, there was a live band the night we went playing surfer music. I love the tall ceilings, the energy, and the hostess (the wife).
My favorite is the smoked cheese pizza. If you're on a double-date, order 3 pizzas (only one size) and a bottle of wine or two. Excellent crust.
As I write this, I realize I can't wait to go back and often. The only drawback is that they're open just 4 days a week! Wed-Saturday.
If you love New York pizza, come here. Though the price per pie might scare you back to the east coast ($20 each).
Normally we stay in the city for brunch, but this weekend we wanted to escape the Blue Angel/Columbus Day Parade/and all the other stuff in the city to feel like we're getting away.
So we drove 20 minutes to Pacifica to Salada Beach Cafe.
Vibe: loved it. Old donated books shelved along the wall. Pre-order your food at the counter. Great service. Fast. Amusing conversations around us. It felt like a working class town with complete self-awareness and comfort in its own skin.
Food: tasty. Chicken sandwich was a fried chicket breast on really tasty bread.
Just crowded enough -- that is, there was always one or two tables available i the place, no line.
It's likely we'll go once a month just to escape the typical bustle of brunch in the city. It really did feel we escape for just a couple of hours to a comfortable town and place without pretense.
The best ramen in the bay area. The pork broth is too heavy for me, but so delicious.
Go within the first hour of each opening day...it gets packed.
My favorite go-to order is their miso broth, fried garlic, crispy seaweed,egg. amazing. amazing.
My mouth is watering just thinking of this dish. I wish they'd open a location in the city. I'd be there weekly.