I’ll take “Famous Tourist Traps” for $400, Alex!
Oh what’s that, our “urbanists” have recently “activated” the “streetscape” of Jefferson? Well, that makes it EVEN WORSE, prolly
DO NOT WANT.
HOW ABOUT NO?
Of course, our Hooters was having to deal with some wage and hour lawsuit issues when it went away, but one supposes the rents up there at 353 Jefferson were too high for them to keep on keeping on.
This was the replacement – Dick’s Last Resort. It lasted six months.
I can’t imagine locals going to 353 Jefferson for any kind of restaurant, and the tourists are probably heavier at the other end of the wharf, and the building is set back a ways from the sidewalk, so these can be challenges:
Who will try to make a go of it next at this cursed location?
Here they come to “activate” our “urban scene,” an endless parade of lowriders:
I don’t think these people are drinking as many cappuccinos as those Danish urban planners expected:
Wheels akimbo, as is the style:
Uh, do locals visit the Fish Wharf more now, after all the changes? IDK.
I don’t think so.
But I hope all the Scandinavians at least got Business Class and frequent flyer’s club miles when we paid them to come over to “fix” the Wharf, which to me, seems exactly the same kind of place as before…
IMO, writer Tony Hicks has got things spot-on right here in the San Jose Mercury News:
I just took the media cruise for the new-ish “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco - it starts at 7:30 PM.
Here’s Captain John:
Quacking away with people in another duck boat while passing by:
So that’s how things start in Fisherman’s Wharf. Then you begin a circuitous trip to the launch ramps down south of AT&T Park. I’ve never been up so high in an open vehicle, so this was a new experience, kind of like what I imagine the “hop-on hop-off” city bus tours are like.
So off you go, past the working part of Fisherman’s Wharf…
…past the Gary Danko (perennial No. 1 in the Bay Area for “Food, Service and Popularity” per Zagat)…
…through North Beach and on to Chinatown, where you look down upon the #30 Stocktons as you pass them by…
…and then through the tunnel to Union Square and then through SoMA to the launch area.
I gotta say that that was the touristy part of the tour, so check out Beth Spotswood’s take on that in the Tourist Trapped Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com if you want more on that.
So finally you get to launch – it looks like this:
And then you’re slowly cruising the bay, albeit near to shore for the most part.
You might catch a little spray from the bay but most likely you won’t.
This riding-on-the-water part in a military-style vehicle with not all that much freeboard is an experience – I recommend it.
Then after puttering around on the water, you drive out of the water to take the Embarcadero back to the Wharf.
Interacting with happy passersby on the way home…
…while zipping past the historic F-Market streetcars:
These ducks look somewhat menacing at night, huh?
And there’s your trip:
So, you need to show up at least 15 minutes early to keep your reservation, I think.
And this tour can get quite cold and windy, needless to say.
If you want to see some more photos, there are some good ones on Yelp.
This was a great experience – I think it’d be good for tourists and locals alike.
Here it is, the San Francisco Dungeon up at 145 Jefferson St. between Mason and Taylor in Fisherman’s Wharf – it’s the newest and spookiest addition to Fisherman’s Wharf. Check it out. It’s opening Thursday, June 26th, 2014.
And that makes it the ninth Merlin Entertainments Dungeon in the world. The roster: Berlin Dungeon, Hamburg Dungeon, Amsterdam Dungeon, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, the Edinburgh Dungeon, the London Dungeon, the York Dungeon, Warwick Castle and now San Francisco.
Beth Spotswood of SFGate says she “screamed bloody murder.”
And here’s San Francisco Bay Guardian skeptic / Harvard-boy David Kurlander’s bit. He dropped by last week and wrote a lot about the dungeon. He says, “…the Dungeon transcends a lot of the more toxic elements that drag down other Jeffersonian locales.” I guess that’s a compliment.
And here are the Yelp reviews.
I’m thinking that if you’re part of a fun group and you’re in the mood to have good time, then the SF Dungeon just might be for you.
Here are some scenes:
Colonel Jack Gamble welcomes victims (guests) to the San Francisco Dungeon in San Francisco, California
Nikko, of Shanghai Kelly’s Boat Ride, claims his victims (guests) in the San Francisco Dungeon in San Francisco, California
Underground boat ride? Mmmm… Maybe I’ll make it up there someday. (It seems a lot more appealing than any wax museum, just saying.)
All the deets, after the jump.
See you there!
Here we go, start reading – this place is horrible.
IMO, San Francisco would be better off without this particular place up in Fisherman’s Wharf, but the Golden Gate Restaurant Association disagrees, oh well.
Of course nobody cares what I think so head on up there and check it out, if you want.
And be sure to try the “unnecessarily complicated Shrimp Louie“
If you want…
It’s 94133 zip code pride, for some reason:
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The interior and exterior might be going to Hell, but nothing will stop its straight-outta-Toyota-City 1UZ-FE V8…
Here it is, from Kyoto, Japan, the first thing you see from the street:
Dude explicates, basically saying that he knows it’s funny but he thinks the white rat logo will bring good fortune:
お店のロゴを考えている時、不意に浮かんだ 『 白ねずみ 』
店の繁栄も願って 『 白ねずみ 』 をキャラクターに決めました”
OTOH, in San Francisco, rats are inside and outside of restaurants, but they are NEVER used as logos.
Just check out Fishermans Wharf around closing time. If you aren’t mugged, you’ll eventually see the rats.
And a few of them will be white…