Foodbuzz Fest last month I had the unexpected pleasure of staying with two of my best friends from the Northwest who had recently transplanted themselves in San Francisco's surly Tenderloin district. The urban dwelling was a far cry from their bungalow in Portland, and a new view of the city for me as well.
What a welcome.
blogger) lead me through the drizzle to a nearby outpost of the Mission staple Philz Coffee. The Turkish coffee here is served to go, not in a tiny china cup, and surpassed any expectations. My frothy cardomom blend came topped with a mint leaf and was an aromatic delight.
Swan Oyster Depot (1517 Polk St.) caught my attention, a line outside on the sidewalk patiently waited for a spot at the crowded bar inside, gorgeous fresh seafood in the window explaining why. On my list for next time...
Hemlock Tavern a lovely lass called Kelly tends bar - One of the city's finest.
Therapy's furniture and decor shop.
Little Otsu and The Curiosity Shoppe on Valencia for artful gifts.
Bi-Rite Market for supplies.
Bi-Rite Creamery and Bake Shop, brown sugar and honey lavender begging for my attention...
The Buena Vista. Our server was as old as the drink itself, the strong concoction fueling a brisk walk up the hill and all the way back to the Tenderloin.
748 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102; 415.292.7660
The Buena Vista
2765 Hyde St. San Francisco, CA 94109; 415.474.5044
3639 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94110; 415.241.9760
Bi-Rite Creamery and Bake Shop
3692 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94110; 415.626.5600