Tuesday, October 4, 2016

15 Things to See and Do on a Gloomy San Francisco Sunday

On my third trip to SF (and on my 3rd year living in LA), I had a very organized itinerary and list of restaurants and bars, thanks mostly to he-who-shall-not-be-named (JK- my ex). It was a fun, albeit exhausting, trip that included a train trip to Levi Stadium for a 49ers game I spent waaaayyyy too much money on. The stadium is beautiful, but a pain in the ass to leave (300% Uber surges, really?) But ya live and ya learn, right? Other than football, the trip was cool, though i would’ve enjoyed an extra day or two filled with re-dos of things I’ve done in the past (Golden Gate Bridge, Sutra Baths, Hog Island Oysters, etc.).

1. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse – everyone goes for the “I Got Baked in San Francisco” neon photo opp, but the kouign amanns are to die for. Also, the shop just opened its newest location in LA’s Highland Park. Wahoo. 

2. Leo’s Oyster Bar – Great wallpaper and cocktails, delicious oysters (that I ate, in spite of knowing I may now be allergic)

3. An iced latte and a pastry at Blue Bottle (I still prefer Sightglass

4. Trick Dog – cute little bar, with a menu that’s currently presidential election-themed 

5. Smugglers Cove- a tiki bar that reminded me of New Orleans’ Port of Call and the Spirited Awards winner of Best American Cocktail Bar 2016

6. I’ve said it before (I think) and I’ll say it again: ride the cable car! Also, get off at Lombard so you can experience SF’s crookedest street

7. If you like books and architecture, visit the San Francisco Public Library ((swoon))

8. The Ice Cream Bar- Mixologists, but for ice cream sodas?! So good. Also, homemade tootsie rolls.

9. First opened in 1861, The Saloon is SF’s oldest bar, is cash only and has live blues (another place that reminded me of New Orleans)

10. Coit Tower- took a scenic little walk there and admired/snapped pics from the outside (the line to climb to the top was ridic)

11. La Taqueria- no frills tacos in the Mission; I almost fainted in there (adverse reaction to a mixture of Benadryl and Alka Seltzer, I think), but I ate all my food.

12. R&G Lounge- One of my chef/hospitality girlfriends has been telling me for years to go to R&G for the fried Dungeness crab. So good, but SO FRIED (hence, the Alka Seltzer).

13. Cala- Supposedly one of the best Mexico City-inspired restaurants in the US according to some publication (can’t remember which) and 70% or so of employees are former convicts. That is cool.

14. Li Po Lounge- A Chinese spot with a main level and basement bar known for its Mai Tais (crazy thing is I was there on my last trip to SF, took drunk selfies there, but couldn’t remember the name or where it was for the life of me until I returned and put two and two together)

15. City Lights, a landmark indie bookstore, and The Beat Museum (right across the way- so many books and so much Kerouac)

Dare I say I prefer Seattle. BUT a tiny piece of my heart shall remain in SF, for now. 


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