San Francisco Treats

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San Francisco Treats

Postby john_titor » Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:22 pm

This will be my fourth visit to San Francisco. I am looking for suggestions on things I should hit. Only in SF/West Coast things even better, especially beers, and food.

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:04 pm

Jack's Cannery Bar near Fisherman's Wharf has 99 beers on tap. Try the El Toro IPA, one of my favorites.

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby Violet_Skye » Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:25 pm

Stroll the Embarcadero. Have a blue bottle coffee. Hike (or run) up to Coit tower. Hit up Laughing Lotus yoga.

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby scratch » Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:02 am

If you haven't been there already, go to City Lights Bookstore before it (and stores like it) and Ferlinghetti are gone. Jack Kerouac Alley is adjacent. Also, especially if you haven't been there in a while, you might want to check out the aging boomer theme park that the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood has become. Think Madison is dominated by the grey pony-tailed set? The Haight is the template for that. You might not get offered a spliff there anymore, but there is at least one brewpub there.

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby thebookpolice » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:13 am

Toronado bar, get a cherry corn scone at Arizmendi, take a stroll through the conservatory of flowers at Golden Gate Park (not as awesome as Bolz, IMHO, but really quite lovely), Musee Mecanique on the Wharf, roll up toward Napa and hit the Fremont Diner.

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby Ned Flanders » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:58 pm

Go to Sausalito and rent sea kayaks and cruise the bay.

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby LargeMarge » Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:30 am

For beer, I really enjoyed Mikkeller Bar and Toronado for their tap selection. I also stopped by City Beer to take some home with me. I would have liked to stopped by Russian River, but I didn't have a car. Toronado had Pliny the Elder on tap so I still got to try it. You need reservations to tour Anchor Steam. We didn't have reservations. The Magnolia Brewpub was pretty good. I think that was on Haight as is Toronado.

If you are going to use public transportation, get a clipper card at the information desk at the airport. I found the public transit easy to use.

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby john_titor » Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:45 pm

Thanks guys.

Random observations

Outside of the tourist areas, there are two smells; weed and piss.

Compared to other cities, the street people seem more psychotic than spanglers. They are however,respectful and nice. Except when they scream that you are a motherfucker. One fella,with surprisingly soft hands(see below) told me he put God first. If I was on the street, I might be angry with God. Sometimes I wonder if it is a test.

Two people wanted to shake my hand. (I shook).

Some of the best food I have had. People line up for stuff. How do people with jobs line up for coffee at 10 am on a Monday? (blue bottle good).

There seems to be noticeably more men than women. And they are all young. Skinny jeans are everywhere. Nobody really dresses up.

They have three different recycling garbage streams I can't really understand. They collect these streams at night.

The people don't seem to be douche bags.

Even the lamest crapiest bodega type place has kick-ass beer for sale.

420 on hippy hill was a hallucination. Haight seemed to have more stupid tourist shops than I remembered. City lights I did a few trips back. I did notice the Jack Kerouac plaque on the street this time. I like the fish/whatever smell of Chinatown shops.

I walked about 11 miles a day. Uphill both ways. This town has a lot more walking sights than most. I like that I can cover a lot of ground on foot. Hauled ass to Acme Oyster bar to take a seat and be told they were done for the day. Out the door I go. Tried the Filipino burrito. Meh. Not worth the line. Nice happy hour oysters. Dumplings in Chinatown. Chutney Indian was incredible. Not only in terms of food, but experience as well. Cheap too. Best experience of the trip.

Mikkeller has delicious beer. Never made it to Toronado (done with Haight & walking). Haven't seen El Toro anywhere.

Embarcadero was nice, hit a cool bar about 3/4 of the way up. Again, awesome taps. I wanted to go to the market for seafood but it had closed.

I also want to pimp airbnb. I have used it a few times now with no issues and it lets me live in neighborhood versus a hotel room. Cheaper, less of a cell, and more space. Do it.

One more day. I need to find sourdough. I like beer.

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby green union terrace chair » Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:18 am

If you like beer bars, go to the Rogue Public House on Powell and Union just off Columbus at about 4pm. Beautiful afternoon sun, beautiful afternoon taps.

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby john_titor » Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:49 pm

I seriously thought about that, but wanted to stay closer to home.

City Beer wasn't too far away, so I hit that. They had nothing in the cooler from WI but did have Goose Island (whatever) I took back two recommended bottles to the room. (Knee Deep Brewing Breaking Bud - 6.5% 50 IBU - Iron Springs Casey Jones Imperial Ale 90 IBU 9% booze! I also went around the block to Cellarmaker Brewing Co. Very crowded, so I only stayed for one, but tasty.

Asi asi expensive cebeche for lunch.

Didn't get: Cioppino or Sourdough.

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby john_titor » Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:14 am

Chutney SF: http://chutneysf.com
City Beer: http://citybeerstore.com/
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.: http://www.cellarmakerbrewing.com/
Mikeller: http://www.mikkellerbar.com/
Filipino Burrito: http://www.senorsisig.com/
Happy Hour Oysters: http://www.hydestseafoodhouse.com/
Not Acme, that is the one in New Orleans. It is Swan: http://www.sfswanoysterdepot.com/
Blue Bottle (I wanted Hawkeye to make me a nice coffee from that still looking thing, but I was already about 30 minutes in for an espresso.) https://bluebottlecoffee.com/
Did not hit the spot cebiche: http://lamarsf.com/
Chill bar off Embarcadero. Calamari looked good: http://www.hidivesf.com/
Chill spot for a nice tap, decent burger and garlic fries: http://tempest-bar.com/

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Re: San Francisco Treats

Postby john_titor » Wed May 06, 2015 8:39 pm

I hate to admit, but I never really looked in this area of the forum much. When I did I found it interesting that most of the posts about cities were for SF. A lot of people asked the same question as I did, including Herr Doktor, which roxx. There is definitely some sort of connection between here and there.

edit: If you go, I would love to hear of what you think of my review.


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