Archive for the ‘food and drink’ Category

A Rare Delivery in Frisco: Dominos Pizza in the Housing Projects of McAllister

Friday, September 16th, 2016

I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen this – a pizza delivery in the Western Addition flats, on McAllister near Fillmore. This has been a no-go area for some pizza places in Frisco for a long time. There’s a long history of this kind of delivery redlining  – see some of it here, or even more here.

(IMO, Friendship Village(s) = The Projects.)

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Here’s one current delivery map. It’s a tad embarrassing, you know, for all of us in Frisco, so you now have to request persimmon (Mmmm… persimmon) from the owner/manager of Amici’s Pizza to see it – that’s how embarrassing it is.

I’m not saying that this part of McAllister Street is particularly dangerous and I’m also not saying that big-city pizza delivery is particularly safe, I’m just saying I can’t ever recall seeing a Domino’s delivery in this area, in all my years.

This is the New Hayes Valley – Love Comes QUICKLY for the Boba Guys, on Octavia BOULEVARD

Monday, September 12th, 2016

This new place at 8 Octavia sure is taking off, non?

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Oh, but look at the bottom of the Yelp entry – an “ad” for the Quickly:

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Anyway, there are pros and cons to the changes I’ve seen in the Hayes Valley, from a place for streetwalkers to a place for street standers…

UNEXPECTED MEAT: $14,000 Worth of Pork Parked on the Sidewalk

Friday, August 26th, 2016

These things cost $6 a bag? Wow.

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Did George H.W. Bush retire to the Western Addition? Maybe.

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Nobody was watching so I was going to swipe a couple of boxes and then sell these pork rinds as “nickel bags” on Divisadero. “Paleo-approved,” I was going to shout at passers-by. But then I remembered – Meat is Murder.

ILL-ADVISED Wine Cellar, 94133

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The heat, the light, and the verticality:

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Those are my three beefs.

What if You Could Enjoy DONUTS, TERIYAKI, HAMBURGERS, and CHINESE FOOD All At Just One Restaurant? The Dream is Real

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

It’s J Georgie’s en La Mision:

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A Quarter-Century of “Centerfolds,” the Former “High Class,” “Fine Dining” Strip Club at Broadway and Montgomery in North Beach

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Let’s see if I can remember from the pre-Internet days. So Centerfolds here at Broadway & Montgomery was supposed to be an “upscale dining” strip club. The cover charge was $20. IIRC, there had to be a “centerfold” stripper there on a daily basis, that was the rule. But I think it could be pretty much from any kind of publication, so a Miss January 1989 from Australian Playboy would qualify. And then the featured centerfold model would get put up at the Jack Tar / Cathedral Hill Hotel at Geary Van Ness. I bumped into a couple of them in the lobby, I’m srsly.

Anyway, it seemed like a crazy idea for Frisco, and the original concept didn’t last that long oh well. (See if you can find anybody reviewing the food on Yelp these days.) Here it is:

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The oldest reference I can find:

1993: “Centerfolds, the upscale restaurant and bar that features topless dancers and a different Penthouse centerfold model each week, is putting the talents of French-born food and beverage director Pierre Bleuse to good use. Continuing its efforts to set itself apart from the seedy topless venues on Bawdyway, Centerfolds has good food and now a pretty decent wine list.”

But that was then and this is now.

Sic transit gloria Frisco…

Speaking of which, back in 2009 my bud from school wanted me to help him break into the shut down Cathedral Hill Hotel to find whichever room was used in The Conversation film from 1974. I declined. Anyway, enjoy:

Twitterloin Update: The LAFAYETTE COFFEE SHOP Diner is Long Gone, But It’s Neon Sign is Still A-Glowing, For Some Reason

Friday, July 15th, 2016

On It Glows…

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SF Loses Yet Another McDonalds, This Time at the Base of One of the Chevron Towers Near 2nd and Market – Whither Frisco’s McDonaldses?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

First at 441 Pine

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And then at Golden Gate and Van Ness:

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And now at Market Center:

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When will the next domino fall?

CURFFL! – It’s Why Your Restaurant Doesn’t Have a Bathroom – Signs Say “PUBLIC RESTROOMS NOT AVAILABLE”

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Read it and weep, or hold it in, or move on:

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NEW REQUIREMENTS: New Buildings Any building constructed after January 1, 2004 must have restrooms for customers or guests, if; (a) It contains a food establishment that provides space for food consumption on the premises, or (b) It contains a food establishment 20,000 square feet or more in size.1 Existing Buildings Any building constructed between July 1, 1984 and January 1, 2004, that contains a food establishment more than 20,000 square feet in size must have restrooms available for customers (at least one for men and one for women). Buildings constructed before July 1, 1984 that contain a food establishment greater than 20,000 square feet in size, but do not have space for on-site food consumption, are not required, by this legislation, to provide restrooms for patrons, guests, or invitees (check local codes.) (When determining the size of a food establishment that is part of a service station, do not use the gas pump area of the property.) Any building constructed before January 1, 2004 that contains a food establishment that provides space designated for on-site food consumption must have at least one restroom for customers or guests on the property or in the food establishment with the following exception: Operators of food establishments in buildings constructed before January 1, 2004 that are less than 20,000 square feet in size and that have space designated for food consumption, but do not have restrooms for patrons, guests, or invitees, must post a sign in a public area stating that restrooms are not available. Toilet facilities constructed after January 1, 1985 that are accessible only from food preparation or storage areas shall not be used by customers (Section 114105).

Eddie’s is Forever, Timeless

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Four.something stars don’t lie:

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As seen in the Western Addition / NoPA / DivCo