Archive for the ‘food and drink’ Category

Modernist McDonalds Makeover Tells the Western Addition, “We’re Not Going Anywhere”

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

I mean, it wouldn’t make sense to put all kinds of money into the famous McD’s at Golden Gate and Fillmore if you were planning on selling out to developers in the near future, right?

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It doesn’t look like a McDonalds anymore, FBOW. (Reminds me of nearby Jane the Bakery somehow.)

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IDK how many San Francisco McDonaldses we’ve lost in recent years – the list must have a dozen entries the past decade. But not this one, not yet…

HOT DUCK! – Instagram Loves It, but Yelp Does Not – A Very Red Restaurant Out In The Avenues

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

This place at Clement and 20th is photogenic, certainly, I mean you can see ppl posing:

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But uh oh

Frisco’s 2.5 Yelp-Starred RAINFOREST CAFE at Fisherman’s WHARF Just SHUT DOWN with NO NOTICE to EMPLOYEES

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Crowd-sourced Yelp knows the score, already:

Yelpers report this location has closed.

And Redditors, there were the first to report:

Rainforest Cafe at Fisherman’s Wharf evidently closed overnight. Anyone know what happened?

But let’s go to the official website – Frisco is GONE-ZO, leaving Cali with just two locations, both in SoCal:

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But hey, wasn’t this outfit advertising for new employees just a couple Scaramuccis ago? Yes, on the craigslist:

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And yet, there was zero notice to the employees, some of whom are laboring today to clean the place up and do inventory.

Mmmm, what happened? Well, here’s a clue from Alyssa Pereira earlier this year:

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And there you have it.

Forlorn, 2.5 Yelp-Starred Western Addition Taco Bell/KFC is Now Beloved, 4.5-Starred JANE THE BAKERY

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Can you see the fast food traces, like the blackened KFC Bucket on the left or the Taco Bell bell on the awning on the right?

Anyway, it’s JANE THE BAKERY now. (It’s just like ALICE THE RADIO STATION or TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, non? And it reminds me of SPORK, which wore its Valencia Street Taco Bell heritage proudly, back in the day.)

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The Yelp-ers seem to love it.

Perhaps you yourself will form a Jane’s Addiction soon…

“1881 Geary Boulevard at Steiner
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 658-7971

info@itsjane.com

Open daily from
7am–6pm”

See you there!

The Lines for UJI TIME DESSERT in Japantown are Out Of Control – Matcha, Black Sesame, and Tofu Ice Cream for the Instagram Generation

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

I’ll tell you, in my day back in the 80’s we went to Thrifty for ten-cent ice cream cones, and that was the way we liked it!

But these days:

“You ever see something on Instagram and think oh I need to get that?  That’s what happened with Uji Time Desserts, I was just searching food pics in San Francisco area since I was visiting soon and saw this fish cone, had to go get it”

As seen underground in the East Mall:

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What time is it? It’s UJI TIME:

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But be mindful of the all-important “fish cone wait time.”

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In closing, Fish Cone Wait Time.

Some Places have Bread Lines, Frisco has Brioche Lines

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

It was Brother against Brother, if only for an afternoon:

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Costco Update: You Know, That’s a GOOD PRICE for 28,000 Oreos

Friday, September 15th, 2017

28,080 to be precise.

This is an ad I got for the Business Center, but I’m just a regular customer who just shops at the regular Costco, oh well.

Anyway, one pallet or two?

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And what about seasonal PSL Oreos – seems they should have that as well…

The Secret is OUT About Using the LUCKY PENNY PARKING LOT to Shop at Trader Joe’s #100 on Masonic

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

It says a lot about Frisco Planning that a simple gro sto is so packed with people, oh well.

Anyway, parking at the 100th Trader Joe’s continues to be a bear. So much so that people continue to park in the northbound lane of Masonic and then dash across five lanes of traffic.* Has somebody gotten killed doing this? Yes, in this very spot, not that long ago:

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The reason why people do this is because it’s a PITA to approach TJS100 from any direction but north. This is by design. Oh well.

But look:

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A formerly unwritten policy got written down and a small lot at Geary and Masonic became officially available for use. Now, you can easily approach from the west, south and east, by using the south entrance of the Lucky Penny lot.

Oh, about that Lucky Penny. It was a terrible, terrible diner:

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Believe me. Sad!!!

Anyway, it got shut down for some housing project, so the parking lot became the Land of Wind and Ghosts, an empty gallery for taggers. See? (That pole sometime vibrates in the wind, back and forth, like a G6, like a G6, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.)

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It was a cat and mouse game of paint and repaint. After a while, things got cleaned up, to make room for new tags:

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But then this unused public realm got activated and people started using the lot again, but for shopping at Joe’s.

Did the average shopper notice? IDK. The queue for People With Cars (this is an actual phrase – I didn’t make it up) still sometimes would go Over The Hill towards the Pine Euclid area. I mean that’s gotta be 20 cars in line to get into the cramped TJ’s lot sometimes. And some of these people have rented a Getaround car just for one shopping trip – they’re On The Clock, tick tick tick. Anyway, during these busy times, the LP lot would be half empty, oddly, as if people didn’t know they should park her.

But these days, the Lucky Penny lot gets all filled up – it wasn’t like this even a few months ago. People have learned The Secret.

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But there’s a Threat. It’s that darn housing project. Now I don’t think that TJ’s shoppers are in a position to “save” this temporary lot, but, Man, they sure will complain once they get kicked out for construction.

And then the new building, with perhaps 200-300 residents will have underground parking spaces for like nine cars? Well, that’s something that’ll be up for debate. Area Residents want this parking space number to be around 100 spaces. (They care not about any alleged housing crises. They care about their daily street parking crisis.) Activists would prefer the aforementioned nine and Planning? Well, Planning will come in somewhere inbetwixt, one surmises.

Let’s save that conflict for The Future…

*Or, they park on Ralph Waldo Emerson Street, walk onto the roof and then down the stairs and then into the grocery. This is kind of crazy but it happens. Of course, this rooftop parking could be avail for the typical TJ’s shopper, but the residents of the Emerson cul-de-sac** would burn down City Hall afore they’d allow that.  

**I said “sack.” Heh. Good one, me. 

There’s No Danny Coyles Like 7:00 AM Danny Coyles: Libations for All, But First a Brief Lecture?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

As seen on Haight Street, USA:

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Some don’t like this place, but most do.

Clever or Too Clever? This is How El Tonayense Taco Truck “Reserves” Its Place Overnight in Front of the Best Buy

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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IDK how things work here, how the taco truck people manage to reserve a parking space. But I’ll tell you, kind of thing was a huge issue during the Great Food Truck Battle of 2nd Street back in 2011.

Back then, if you didn’t want food trucks around your legacy lunch spot, you’d park your (or your friend’s) SUV or pick-em up exactly where a hated food truck would want to come to steal your customers.

Thusly

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And thusly:

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Anyway, like I say, I don’t know how this parking reservation system works today…