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San Francisco's Nopa
Business/Location: NOPA
Address: 560 Divisadero St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94117
Phone: 415-864-8643
Website: www.nopasf.com

Posted by:  Carolyne Rohrig
Photo:  Carolyne Rohrig
   NOPA
Nopa's Custard French Toast is so spectacular you'll want to skip the main course and go straight for that. A full order is plenty for two people, or just you if you don't want to share. Believe me you won't. It comes bathed in warm butter, grilled kumquat slices and drizzled with warm syrup with a hint of orange. Other items on the brunch menu include the wood grilled garlic sausage, slow cooked pork, and the grass fed burger. The cocktails are gems. And they serve Blue Bottle Coffee. Nopa is a palate explosion on Divisadero.


San Francisco's Absinthe
Business/Location: Absinthe
Address: 398 Hayes St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94102
Phone: 415-551-1590
Website: www.absinthe.com

Posted by:  Carolyne Rohrig
Photo:  Carolyne Rohrig
   Absinthe
Before you go to the opera and the ballet have a bite at Absinthe. The Croque Monsieur is a toasty delight filled with Black Forest ham, Gruyere, Dijon mustard, and bechamel. The Cheddar grilled cheese is not your mother's recipe, but is filled with pickled red onion, jalapeno-sun-dried tomato jam, and go ahead, add bacon for that extra zing. The cocktails are delicious. The decor is tres French. And you'll be off to an amazing start before the show.


San Francisco's Tout Sweet
Business/Location: Tout Sweet
Address: 170 O'Farrell St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94102
Phone: 415-385-1679
Website: www.toutsweetsf.com

Posted by:  Carolyne Rohrig
Photo:  Carolyne Rohrig
   Tout Sweet
Tout Sweet San Francisco is a feast for the eyes as well as your palate. As soon as you come into the store you feel like you're in France. The clean, colorful, modern California design of the store showcases the many mouth-watering delights. French macarons, petit gateaux (small cakes), verrines (layered parfaits), tarts, cookies, and other stunning desserts beckon you from the display case. Made with the freshest ingredients from the farmer's market, Yigit Pura, the designer-chef, finds his joy in his inspired flavor combinations that make your mouth sing. Come in and taste the Tesla or a Jessica macaron. Then pick up some extra for family and friends. That is if you don't eat them before you get home.


San Francisco's GLBT History Museum
Business/Location: GLBT History Museum
Address: 4127 18th St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94114
Phone: 415-621-1107
Website: www.glbthistory.org/

Posted by:  Gerard Koskovich
Photo:  Gerard Koskovich
   GLBT History Museum
At 1,600 square feet (150 square meters), The GLBT History Museum is fairly small, but it packs a punch, celebrating 100 years of the San Francisco's vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programming. Among the objects on display are personal belongings of Harvey Milk; the pantsuits worn by pioneering lesbian activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon to their 2008 wedding; a Laura Linney costume from the 1993 "Tales of the City" PBS miniseries; and photos, documents and artifacts telling the surprising stories of a century of everyday queer life among the diverse populations of San Francisco. Multimedia exhibits include historic film, video and audio. The museum is open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.; closed Tuesday. General admission is U.S. $5.00; admission for California students with ID is $3.00; free for members; free to all visitors on the first Wednesday of each month (courtesy of the Bob Ross Foundation). Launched in January 2011, the museum is a project of the GLBT Historical Society, a San Francisco institution founded in 1985 that houses one of the world's largest collections of GLBT archival materials.


Coffee To The People
Business/Location: People's Cafe
Address: 1419 Haight St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94117
Phone: 415-553-8842

Posted by:  Alisha Miranda
Photo:  Alisha Miranda
   People's Cafe
This comforting cafe perfectly exemplifies the warmth of the San Francisco people. The space is perfect for a meet up or for just spending an afternoon alone in your thoughts. You'll find locals congregating with friends, skaters stopping in for a quick bite, and literary folks enjoying a salad and writing notes in their Moleskins. This place serves up big plates of comfort Cali food, so be sure to grab a table and get some people watching down--you're in The Haight afterall.


Bustin' Burritos
Business/Location: Taqueria Cancun
Address: 2288 Mission St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94110
Phone: 415-252-9560

Posted by:  Andrew Savage
Photo:  Andrew Savage
   Taqueria Cancun
The burrito which all burritos aspire to be. The wee-hours are usually the busiest time for this Mission staple, so be prepared to share lines with the late night set. You know the drill, gargantuan burritos wrapped in foil. They take two hands to eat. Comes with complimentary chips and salsa. All ingredients are fresh and used in accordance with one another. In other words, nothing clashes; nothing is superfluous. Fillings include an array of meats (carne asada, lengua, sesos, chorizo) or vegetariano. Wash it all down with cold Horchata.


All Day Eating Pleasures
Business/Location: Zazie
Address: 941 Cole St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94117
Phone: 415-564-5332
Website: www.zaziesf.com

Posted by:  Cristian Cartes
Photo:  Cristian Cartes
   Zazie
Zazie's may be my new favorite restaurant. It takes a bit for my lazy bum to leave the ever bountiful Mission dining hub, but this is one of the places that's well worth exploration. Cole Valley is the home of this tasty French bistro with an impossibly small kitchen. How they bust out such delicious dishes and at such timely manner is beyond me! First, for the brunch, fluffy, moist, ginger pancakes. The Pierre Noire is a meaty take on eggs Florentine with a light hollandaise sauce and crispy bacon. To accompany, some bubbly. Make them yourself, Elderflower mimosas were a pleasant, fruity discovery. A few weeks later I came back for dinner and had an equally satisfying experience. The nighttime menu also offers a prefix dinner for an affordable price and an array of options for every course. For chocolate lovers the petit pot de creme proves that like this restaurant size does not matter when it comes to flavor.


Bowling You Over
Business/Location: Pho Clement
Address: 239 Clement St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94118
Phone: 415-379-9008

Posted by:  Maria Brock Schulman
Photo:  Maria Brock Schulman
   Pho Clement
Don't feel like cooking? Not a problem. Got 5 bucks? Then head to Pho Clement and within minutes you'll be served up a huge hot bowl of goodness. Clean but far from cute, this is the go-to spot for lazy locals looking to enjoy a quick and cheap meal. Come in your sweatpants, wear your slippers, come straight from kickball in your uniform. There's no pretense here. Just a group of old timers looking to serve you a satisfying meal.


Shop With Benefits
Business/Location: Viracocha
Address: 998 Valencia St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94110
Phone: 415-374-7048
Website: viracochasf.com

Posted by:  Cristian Cartes
Photo:  Cristian Cartes
   Viracocha
Stepping into Viracocha is quite the magical experience, once inside it will seem you've been transported to a storybook wonderland. This welcome community-operated space is used as a retail store by day and it also has other surprises by night. Viracocha boasts a beautiful and unique selection of antique furniture, typewriters, clothing, books, and vintage rarities you probably won't see elsewhere. You can feel the detail and care that have gone into creating the dreamy atmosphere present at here. But more than an antique shop there's a downstairs that operates at nighttime and feels like a speakeasy. There's a tiny stage, chairs, and couches to lounge in while on selected nights you can enjoy poetry readings, live music, and comedy shows. The space is intimate and there's this sense that anything could happen. Amongst the long line of shops and stores on Valencia street this is definitely a special place. Be warned though, once inside you might not want to leave.


By George
Business/Location: Home Service Market
Address: 1700 Hayes St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94117
Phone: 415-346-7000

Posted by:  Emilie Russell
Photo:  Emilie Russell
   Home Service Market
Home Service Market (known as George's to those in the area) is an unobtrusive, good old-fashioned San Francisco corner store, kinda like a New York bodega. It's the local NOPA go-to spot for things like cat litter, tampons, ice cream, malt liquor, chocolate, or Doritos. I've lived 2 blocks from this place for 5 years, and have always valued its convenience, but I was only recently turned on to their deli when a friend split a George's sandwich with me. Their sandwiches are superb, perfect for a picnic on the Panhandle or a quick, no-hassle dinner. I go ga-ga for the chicken breast (which George grills quite nicely) on a soft roll with everything (toasted of course), and my friend loves the roast beef with horseradish (she always asks George to pick the "right" cheese for her and he hasn't disappointed yet). So if you're in need of sundries or sandwiches, stop by George's--I'm sure he'll have what's right for you, too.