Category: Featured Neighborhood

Here’s where I love to eat in the Tenderloin

The Tenderloin’s (TL) roughly 7-by-5 blocks get a massive amount of bad press as the center of San Francisco’s worst drugs and homelessness. As it has everywhere, pandemic has made conditions worse as Tenderloin’s decades-old issues have expanded a few blocks. But the TL remains a tiny part of our ever vibrant city with top-notch food, as in every SF neighborhood. Yet due to the TL’s location next to tourist central Union Square and hotels, it gets outsized attention compared to much larger difficult neighborhoods in other U.S. cities. Read more →

Rediscover Polk Street: Eat, Drink, Shop & The Arts

Published in the January-February 2020 issue of Haute Living Magazine, my feature on where to eat, drink, shop and view art on Polk Street. MY HAUTE LIVING ARTICLES— Wine Country Inns with Exceptional Dining (& Growing Their Own Produce) here.— A visionary San Francisco bar manager combining spirits and wine… in the same glass here.— Dining & drink in Toronto and the… Read more →

One Block: Valencia Street

Published by Where Traveler (my other Where articles here) in the October 2019 print issue, my “One Block” article on where to eat, drink, shop and take in art on Valencia Street in SF’s Mission District: — EAT: AL’s Deli, Media Noche, Dosa on Valencia— DRINK: The Beehive, Wildhawk, Bon Voyage— SHOP: 826 Valencia, Dog-Eared Books, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records— VIEW: Artists’ Television Access,… Read more →

Interviewing Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s & Talking SF Chinatown — at KCET Los Angeles

Published November 28, 2018, in conjunction with a TV episode on the same subject, my article for KCET in Los Angeles on San Francisco’s historic Chinatown, legend Cecilia Chang, Mister Jiu’s and chef Brandon Jew, China Live, The Wok Shop, America’s first Chinatown’s past, present and future: Read more →

Hayes Valley Rising

Hayes Valley has gone through multiple rebirths, from its pre-’89 quake days under the shadow of freeway ramps, to its age as shoe and boutique shopping destination. The addition of Patricia’s Green in recent years brought a communal gathering place to the neighborhood, tying together north and south of Hayes Street in a cohesive strip of green. For years, Hayes… Read more →

Outer Richmond, Part Two

Here’s a link to Outer Richmond, Part One. Now let’s hit more of my favorites in the wealth of cheap, tasty Outer Richmond food: BRUNCH Cliff House Bistro: This one isn’t cheap and the location is notoriously touristy as it is historical, perched on the edge of the sea. But since the remodel a couple years ago, when faced with the need… Read more →