Nov. 3rd, 2010

Favorite San Francisco Bars & Restaurants

San Francisco Favorites: Whether it's the colorful graffiti art hiding down a random ally, the new restaurant opening up down the street, or a faithful bartender coming up with some new cocktails, there is never a shortage of cool things to see and do in SF. During this past month I went to some new, some old, some random, and some yummy places. As I sat here and reflected on the month of September, I smiled at the variety of things I did.

A few of my favorite finds this month:

I was walking down Union Street and got a craving for a cupcake. Not a simple cupcake but rather a delectable and crafty decorated treat. I saw a pink awning, got a whiff of something sweet and followed my nose and found Cako. This tiny little side street shop had shelves lined with the decorative cupcakes and interesting flavors. My favorite: Andes Mint Chocolate Chip

211 O'Farrell Street (at Powell)
San Francisco, Ca 94102

The Six Sisters
Otherwise known as the "Painted Ladies" or the "Full House house" the six sisters is definitely a tourist spot with a certain charm that makes it okay for the locals to visit. With the dog on a leash, a bag full of snacks and a blanket to sit on, my Sunday morning was one most relaxing days I have had in a while. It was the perfect spot to sit peacefully and get in some good people watching.

The Burritt Room
It was love at first sight. Walking into the newly renovated Crescent Hotel and admiring the vintage yet modern d้cor I walked up a side staircase and entered a dark room with velvet lined couches. With whiskeys, gins, and other spirits I didn't recognize, I instantly felt at home. With too many classic cocktails to choose from, I simply told the bartender (NY transplant Kevin Diedrich who also worked at Bourbon & Branch) my spirit of choice — gin — and my preferred flavor — citrus — and he concocted the Black Rose with a little bit of spice.

417 Stockton St, (at Sutter) Union Square
San Francisco, CA 94108

Hidden down an ally, the first impression from the exterior is not much but quickly changes once you enter. A bright and bold blend of artistic expression this place has amazing appetizers and a cocktail list that will pretty much satisfy all — no vodka and redbull though. My favorite are the Bacon BonBons (prunes stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon), accompanied by the Gypsy (A mix of Gin, Green Chartreuse, St Germain and lime juice).

Secret Note: Tell the bartender to make whatever he wants, and he just might pull out a blend of his own.

6 Claude Lane
San Francisco, Ca 94108
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