The Best Bars In Highland Park

Not all that long ago, Highland Park’s nightlife consisted of two things: a scattered crop of dive bars that have been around for years, and the restaurant where you were eating dinner and getting wine drunk. That’s all changed now. York and Figueroa are lined with every type of bar, and weekend foot traffic is on par with downtown, West Hollywood, or even Koreatown. Simply put, Highland Park is the most exciting neighborhood to be drinking in the city. Here are the eight places to focus on first.

The Spots

Checker Hall is our favorite spot to drink in HP right now. Located on the second floor of an old Masonic Lodge, the open space has a big triangular bar, booths lining the walls, and a great outdoor balcony overlooking Figueroa. The cocktails are fantastic, and the crowd is filled with people who have a better Spotify than you. We love it here because it’s the rare kind of place you can walk into with anyone and have a great time.

Walt’s Bar

4680 Eagle Rock Blvd

Technically Walt’s Bar is in Eagle Rock, but it’s only a few minutes off York Blvd., and you need to be drinking here. The place calls itself an arcade bar, but good news – it’s not an arcade bar. It’s a neighborhood dive bar with a 1950s aesthetic that doesn’t feel embarrassing, and a row of pinball machines in the back. They also have a popcorn machine that takes quarters. Wine and beer only.

Whether or not you’re an avid craft beer drinker, there’s no denying the Hermosillo is Highland Park’s favorite place to grab a drink. Come here any night of the week and by 5:30pm this place will be filled with people actually talking to each other and drinking some of the best beer in the city. The Hermosillo is essentially the tap room for Highland Park Brewery, but they also have a very solid bar food menu.

Photo: Hermosillo / Facebook

ETA

Highland Park
5630 N Figueroa St

ETA is the ideal nightcap bar. The space itself is small and fairly plain, but it never gets too crowded, and the drinks themselves (not to mention the bartenders who are serving them) are excellent. The tequila-based “El Matador” with Oolong Tea is a must-order.

Block Party is living proof that if you give the people good beer, a cruise ship-sized shuffleboard, and a massive back patio to hang out in all afternoon, no one will leave disappointed. Located in the middle of York Blvd., Block Party is that place you roll into on a Saturday and leave five hours later wondering where your day went. Don’t worry – you spent it drinking alcoholic snow cones, eating hot dogs from the cart out back, and wondering why every other bar isn’t like this.

When it comes to taking run-down old places and making them extremely awesome again, it’s hard to compete with what happened at Highland Park Bowl. The nearly 90-year-old institution had fallen on hard times over the years, but recently came back as the coolest bowling alley in the city. The place isn’t massive (there are only eight lanes), so we recommend making reservations ahead of time. Also, make sure there’s a designated driver – the movie-themed cocktails are a dangerous brand of delicious. Order any of the pizzas with confidence.

Photo: Highland Park Bowl / Facebook

Grabbing a drink at La Cuevita (or Little Cave, as some know it) is like drinking margaritas in the cellar of a Mexican distillery. It’s dark, somewhat mysterious (bat decorations are present), but also really, really fun. There are tiny nooks for you and your friends to take over, an excellent back patio, Happy Hour from 5-9pm every day, and free tacos on Tuesdays between 10pm and midnight. Repeat that to yourself: FREE TACOS ON TUESDAYS.

Photo: La Cuevita / Facebook

Located in a small, detached building behind Cafe Birdie that can only accessed by walking through the restaurant and out the back patio, Good Housekeeping reads like another high-concept speakeasy bar you were tired of two years ago. But despite its somewhat hidden location, Good Housekeeping is not a speakeasy. It’s just a great little place to grab some tremendous cocktails and build a solid buzz before you (hopefully) head back in to eat at the restaurant.

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12 Great LA Bars You Always Forget About

It’s 4:30pm on a Friday, and your best friend just sent the “what are we doing tonight?” text. Thus commences the weekly ritual of trying come up with a fun place to go to, and the inevitable return to the exact same bar you were at last weekend. Nightlife fatigue is real in this city, and the only way to get through it is to keep tabs on all the places you do actually like. Easier said than done. So let us help. Whether it’s that dive from your old neighborhood you never get back to anymore, or that crazy dance bar you went to three years ago and can’t remember the name of, here are some great LA bars everybody always forgets about.

the spots

The Pikey

Hollywood
7617 W Sunset Blvd

Between Boystown, the Sunset Strip, and the mess that is La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood has more places to drink than it knows what to do with. But in between all the dance clubs, rooftop lounges, and overpriced cocktail bars is The Pikey. The often-overlooked English pub on Sunset has an aggressive tavern feel, and you will start pretending you’re a medieval diplomat after a few beers, but that’s exactly why we like it. It’s a rare relaxed Weho bar where you can grab a drink with friends, and not have to commit to some inane night of waiting in lines in uncomfortable shoes. Their extensive beer list and solid food menu don’t hurt either.

Know Where is a casual cocktail bar in East Hollywood that’s where you go to when you’re sick of long lines, $17 drinks, and dudes in clubs fighting about whether or not somebody looked at them weird. This is the kind of spot you choose for a midweek date nightcap and then end up coming back the next day by yourself simply because you like being here. The teal-painted space is small and narrow, but feels like you’re drinking in your uncle’s basement in Fort Lauderdale. Happy Hour runs 5-7pm daily, and Tuesdays are tequila and mezcal night, with its own special cocktail menu.

Photo: Know Where / Facebook

There’s always that moment at the end of a long night out when you’re completely over the bar you’re currently at, but not quite ready to go home either. Which is when you should remember Snake Pit, the classic dive on Melrose that’s the best last call bar in the city. Here you’ll find cheap drinks that actually have alcohol in them, bartenders who won’t ignore you, and a jukebox for you and your friends to take over.

We love sitting on Everson Royce Bar’s patio, drinking margaritas, and eating burgers just as much as you do. But sometimes we have to change it up a bit, and a place that continually falls through the Arts District cracks is Westbound. This tiny cocktail bar’s location on the ground floor of a massive apartment complex is pretty random, but once you’re inside, you’ll realize you should have been here sooner. The place looks like a train car for rich people in the 1940’s, with friendly bartenders serving good cocktails and a snacks menu that’s way better than it needs to be.

Located on a quiet stretch of Beverly Blvd. in Historic Filipinotown, Crawford’s isn’t a place you find yourself walking past. But this tiny beer-and-wine-only dive bar next to a Taco Bell has become one of our favorite places to drink. The crowd is full of low-key people pulling off that wool beanie and suspenders look, the craft beer list is fantastic, there’s buck hunter in the corner, and they serve a fried chicken sandwich behind the bar that rivals the one in Chinatown you just waited three hours for.

Photo: Crawford’s / Facebook

Bar Bandini

2150 W Sunset Blvd.

When it comes to a night out on the Eastside, Bar Bandini is never the first place that comes to mind. But this Echo Park wine bar deserves to be in your rotation. Bandini is one of those places that always seems to get the mood right – weekdays involve regulars drinking wine from the tap, and eating a part-burrata, part-mozzarella cheese that will change you. Come weekends, things get livelier, but never to the point where you have to worry about getting a lemon drop thrown in your face. In fact, it’s beer and wine only. But it’s also very far from being boring.

Photo: Bar Bandini / Facebook

Probably due to the never-ending subway construction and storefronts mainly filled with Quiznos and Coffee Bean, Mid-Wilshire isn’t exactly where most people think to go out. And for that reason, Little Bar is often forgotten about. Located within a tiny strip of bars and restaurants at Wilshire and La Brea, Little Bar is the kind of place you walk in for a quick drink and walk out three hours later hammered. This is a total neighborhood bar, but one with a fantastic crowd who has no problem getting a little rowdy on a weekend – in a good way. Bonus: You can have food delivered.

Photo: Little Bar / Facebook

Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe

1615 Ocean Front Walk

You’re at the Santa Monica beach with your friends and all those Gatorade bottles that were never actually filled with Gatorade are out. The day is young though, and the last thing you want to do is pack up completely. Head to Big Dean’s. The beachside bar right off the boardwalk is a classic, but due to its somewhat awkward location next to the base of the pier, people still tend to forget about it. But you shouldn’t. They have a great front and back patio, a good burger, and given the area, extremely affordable drinks.

Alibi Room

Culver City
12236 W Washington Blvd

Alibi Room is in that part of Culver City west of the 405 that most people don’t realize is still Culver City. But this low-key cocktail bar is a great option when you’re tired of drinking in Venice. Alibi has been around for over 10 years and is this neighborhood’s trusty standby. There’s an extensive craft beer list, cocktails, and a late-night Happy Hour Sunday-Wednesday. Oh, and there are kogi truck tacos on the menu.

The Well

Hollywood
6255 W Sunset Blvd

In Hollywood, you have to either be pretty flashy or gimmicky to get a crowd. The Well is neither of those things, and that’s often why it gets passed over. But it shouldn’t. Located in the bottom of a big office building at Sunset and Argyle, if you think you’re walking into a loading dock, that means you’ve found The Well. It’s a surprisingly large space with plenty of corners for you and your friends to take over, strong drinks, and jukebox, and a 5 – 8pm Happy Hour on weekends. This is your jumping off point before a night out in Hollywood.

From the outside, Blue Collar seems like a random neighborhood dive bar. But it’s actually an art deco-designed cocktail bar that’s home to the best drinks in West Hollywood you never knew about. Blue Collar has no set menu, you just tell the bartender what you’re in the mood for, and they’ll make you something on the spot. The place can get crowded during peak weekend hours, but come midweek, it’s a perfect spot to end a good date.

The Room

Santa Monica
1325 Santa Monica Blvd

Finding places where you can dance in LA that aren’t complete nightmare club hellscapes can be a treacherous journey, particularly on the Westside. But one place that always manages to get the dance floor right and fly a bit under-the-radar is The Room. During the week, this dimly-lit Santa Monica bar is a solid place to grab a cocktail with a friend, but come weekends, the place turns into a full-throttle dance party of the best variety. Expect a lot of Top 40, rap, and old-school hip hop.

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Sushi By M – East Village – New York – The Infatuation

Imagine Big Willie Style, but with a tracklist limited to “Miami” and “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” Or a luxury car minus the inessential parts, like the power tailgate and panoramic moonroof. It’s still a high-performance vehicle, just without all the extras. And that’s essentially what Sushi By M is: a stripped-down version of a high-end sushi spot, with excellent fish and no other frills.

This East Village restaurant has a total of 11 seats, all of which are at a counter. It’s a tiny space that’s about as half-decorated as a college dorm room on move-in day, and the soundtrack consists of whatever the employees feel like listening to (think MGMT circa 2007 and Rap Caviar circa now). The service is casual and friendly, and you might even see a chef waving a blowtorch around like it’s a sparkler on the Fourth of July – but despite how laid-back this place is, the sushi is comparable to what you’d find at a restaurant requiring month-in-advance reservations and a commitment of several hundred dollars.

To get dinner here, you have to text for a reservation, and your only option is a 10-piece omakase menu that costs $50. The fish might vary slightly from day to day, but you can expect things like hamachi and lean tuna to start, followed by some richer pieces like Hokkaido uni and toro topped with caviar that will stalk you in your dreams like Freddy Krueger or the first person you made eye contact with at a middle school dance. The overall experience is kind of like having an in-home chef with a high-quality supply of arctic char, sea scallop, and creamy botan shrimp.

Each seating lasts exactly one hour, and once your omakase is finished, you’ll have the option to order pieces a la carte. As long as you don’t mind spending $18 extra, we fully encourage you to get the special called the “Big Mac.” It’s chopped toro, seared toro, wagyu, and two kinds of uni all stacked together inside a crispy piece of seaweed, and it’s the sushi equivalent of wearing a luxury bathrobe while standing knee-deep in a hot tub overlooking a sunset (near a beach).

That said, as mentioned earlier, this is not a fancy place. So if you’re planning something like a 30th anniversary dinner or a meal with a few clients who occasionally wear Balenciaga, it’s probably not the right spot. If, on the other hand, you’re looking to get some top-notch sushi without having to liquidate a portion of your assets – and you don’t need any extras like ambient mood lighting or non-paper napkins – Sushi By M is exactly where you want to be.

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Restaurants Within Two Minutes’ Walk Of The Underground For When It’s Raining, Again

These days the weather can’t just be the weather. It’s got to be an epic production like an arctic blast or a weather bomb. Or it has to have a name that makes it sound dramatic, memorable and exhilirating, like, er, Storm Brian.

You know what stays the same though? Rain. You don’t get a downpour of named rain, excited rain, you just get rain. And the worst thing about living in the plain old rain is that we often get stuck in it.

That means we have to strategic when we choose our restaurant destinations. Any more than two minutes’ walk from a tube exit and we end up looking like drowned rats, so when we hear it’s going to rain again, we pick from one of these spots.

The Spots

Old Street // Northern Line

Certain mountains make their own weather. Some buildings do too, especially if they’ve got scaffolding. Come out of Old Street on a rainy day and after a few steps you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in tropical rain without the tropical clime. That’s why, when you’re at Old Street tube, you have to leave from the south east exit and head directly to Ozone, a bustling coffee roasters and all-day eating spot where you’re always guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome. Take a seat at the counter or settle down in one of their booths for an all day breakfast, or a satisfying and inexpensive main like their wagyu burger with beetroot relish.

Salon

18 Market Row, Brixton

Brixton // Victoria Line

The area around Brixton Underground can be a bit of a head-f*ck even if it isn’t pouring. When it is, you’re definitely going to want to get indoors. Quick. Sanctuary from the elements is found a mere two minute walk from the station, at Salon. Upstairs it’s casual fine dining with an inventive and ever-changing seven course menu, but downstairs there’s a bar where you can go à la carte with a glass of wine. Don’t skip the ’nduja croquettes – they’re guaranteed to warm you up.

King’s Cross // Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines

If you’ve been planning on eating near King’s Cross, chances are you’re thinking of hitting Dishoom or one of the other spots over on Granary Square. If it’s raining, don’t bother. It’s too far. Instead hit The German Gymnasium. Your friends and colleagues will probably try to insist that it’s the basic bitch of King’s Cross dining options, but they’re wrong. It’s got massive vaulted ceilings, it’s got a swelegant bar, there’s always space, and it’s a perfectly civilised place to settle in for currywurst or schnitzel.

London Bridge // Jubilee and Northern Lines

If you need to eat near London Bridge in the middle of a deluge, forget everything anyone has ever told you about hitting up the pasta bar at Padella. Yes, it’s good. It’s damn good. But the last thing you need in your life right now is that oh-so-British feeling of resilience mixed with despair that comes from queuing for hours in the rain. So carry on past those soggy saps on Borough High Street and get yourself a spot at Brindisa. It’s warm, it’s dry, the tapas is excellent, and their chorizo roll is still one of London’s best sandwiches.

Timmy Green

Victoria
Buckingham Palace Rd

Victoria // Victoria and Circle & District Lines

There’s no shortage of quality fast food spots near Victoria, but Timmy Green is the kind of place we’d probably hang out at all day. Australian inspired options like the Bondi (sausage, bacon, egg, mushroom, chilli pesto, and avocado) aren’t quite enough to make you forget that you’re in rainy SW1 and nowhere near a f*cking beach, but their bottomless brunch is available until 3pm everyday of the week, so knock back enough mimosas and you could be anywhere.

Bao

Fitzrovia
31 Windmill St

Goodge Street // Northern Line

For the best part of a decade now we’ve been avoiding Tottenham Court Road tube. A combination of Centre Point chaos, Crossrail chaos, and lost tourist chaos makes it a no go zone. And we double-down on that rule in foul weather. So our advice for eating near Tottenham Court Road when it’s raining is: don’t. Get off at Goodge Street instead, take a leisurely two minute stroll round the corner to Bao Fitzrovia (aka, the one you don’t need to form an orderly queue on Lexington Street to get into) and order yourself a fried chicken chop and short rib rice bowl.

Waterloo // Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines

London’s crumbled under a couple of drops of rain (again) and somehow you’re at the busiest station in the country. Twenty two thousand umbrellas have gone up at once, and the umbrella-less are all getting poked in the eye. It’s bedlam. Don’t worry, the Anchor and Hope is around the corner and it’s one of the best pubs in London. A two minute walk up the Cut (if you leg it) and you’re in cozy boozer heaven. Yes it’s got a fire. Yes it’s got lots of beers. And yes, it’s got really, really delicious food.

Malibu Kitchen

The Ned Hotel

Bank and Monument // Central, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines + DLR

There used to be no worse place to be when it’s raining than Bank, because unless you worked there, there was nowhere to take shelter. But now there’s The Ned. It’s not our favourite spot in town, but it’s just a few steps from the station exit. Malibu Kitchen is probably the best option here for something to eat, particularly if you’re veggie or vegan. It’s a bit pricey, but a good call for when the soggy weather’s got you craving curly kale and ahi tuna poké.

Aquavit

St. James’s
St James’s Market

Piccadilly Circus // Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines

The last thing you need when you’ve been caught in a downpour is to be packed into a cramped little spot with a bunch of other people who got caught in it too, everyone’s wet-dog coats stinking up the place. That’s why Aquavit is perfect. It’ll restore a sense of Scandanavian order to your messy London life, and the fact that it serves the best meatballs outside of Ikea is an added bonus.

Leicester Square // Northern Line

If you’re getting off at Leicester Square and need shelter from a storm, there’s nowhere better than J Sheekey. It’s old school, it’s elegant, it’s unpretentious, and their legendary fish pie is so warming and comforting it’ll make you forget your socks are sopping wet.

Green Park // Jubilee Line

To be honest, The Wolseley is our go-to near Green Park even when the weather isn’t sh*tty. Breakfast meetings, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner – it doesn’t matter, and we don’t need an excuse. And if you use the colonnades at the front of The Ritz you’ll barely get wet at all.

Bar Remo

2 Princes St

If you have to be anywhere near Oxford Circus and it’s raining, then this is probably the worst day of your life. Bar Remo will redeem it with wine, bread, and pasta done the old school way: in a huge bowl at a low price.

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Where To Eat After A Bad Week

You just got ghosted by your significant other of two years, your fridge broke on an 80-degree day, and your boss just told you that she needs an attitude adjustment from you immediately. Some weeks can be great, but other weeks dissolve into complete dumpster fires. And when sh*t hits the fan, you need those comfort food spots that are always there for you, even if that’s just because they’re restaurants with set hours. Whether you’re looking for a greasy burger, a big plate of spaghetti, or a dessert to cry in, these are the LA spots where you need to be after a bad week.

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You stayed up until 2am finishing a presentation, only to realize during the meeting that you misspelled the client’s name on every slide. Time to make up a doctor’s appointment, then head downtown and let Cento make you feel better with giant bowls of pasta. This place is lunch-only (they take over a wine bar during the day), consists of a single guy cooking on hot plates behind the bar, and is perfect for a solo meal – probably with a glass of wine. The menu changes constantly, but always involves a bright pink beet pasta we are physically incapable of not ordering.

You had the best first date of your life last night, and this morning he texts you to let you know he had a great time, but he’s actually moving to Fiji next month. Grab the friend who’s seen you cry the most times, head to Santa Monica, and eat very large burritos. Gilbert’s El Indio is the classic Mexican restaurant that specializes in giant burritos, and is always full of people who won’t care that you’re wearing sweats. It’s the perfect place to sit in a booth and spend a couple of hours justifying why you think a girls’ trip to Fiji would be totally fun and have nothing to do with this guy.

You tried to make a stressful work week better with Happy Hour drinks last night, except now you have a ton of things to do and a hangover that makes you feel like you’re staring out at the world through 10 sheets of Saran wrap. Call Rice Bar at lunch and order their Pork Longganisa to go – this Filipino rice bowl is filled with sweet and sour pork sausage, pickled vegetables, and a perfect sunny side up egg if you ask for one. Basically, it’s everything good in a bowl, it’s only $10, and it will be the best part of your day.

Oriel

Chinatown
1135 North Alameda Street

You went on a date with a very attractive “guy in finance,” and three drinks in got convinced to put your life savings into Bitcoin. Only to see them disappear a few days later. Now’s probably a good time to go cry into a glass of wine and a plate of meat at Oriel, a French bistro/wine bar in Chinatown. The low-lit space is perfect for solo dining at the bar, where no one will see your tears. Plus, the excellent French onion soup is $10, which is a thing you need right now, at a price you can actually afford.

Two people at your company got laid off this week: you, and Brad from accounting who once got his hand stuck in the vending machine. You have some newfound free time on your hands, so you might as well use it to get yourself a Godmother sandwich from Bay Cities, eaten while staring pensively at the Pacific Ocean from your car. The legendary Italian deli/grocery in Santa Monica does all kinds of subs, but your order is always the one filled with five types of cured meat, cheese, and pretty much every other delicious sandwich topping. Brad probably doesn’t even know this place exists – you’re already doing better than him.

Petit Trois

Hollywood
718 N. Highland Ave.

Your expensive new tapered sweatpants finally came last week, and two of your friends have since offered to let you use their washing machine. You know what might make you feel better? Throwing down on a meal for one. Petit Trois is an expensive French restaurant that’s also pretty casual, so you can pretend that spending a large amount of money on dinner for one is totally normal for you. The tiny spot next to Trois Mec serves stuff like a fried chicken leg and cocktails in a space that only fits 21. And no one will question those sweatpants.

There hasn’t been hot water coming out of your shower since Tuesday and your landlord won’t respond to any of your distress signals. Make moves to Masa, one of our favorite Eastside spots that’s home to some of the best deep dish pizza we’ve had outside Chicago. The food is great, and the atmosphere inside this family-run operation feels like you’re back visiting your hometown for the holidays. Critical move: call and place your pizza order right as you leave your house – deep dish takes awhile.

Cafe Birdie might be relatively new, but this Highland Park comfort food spot is where we want to be most after sh*t hits the fan. The place feels like your rich aunt’s house in the country, with a menu full of everything from pork cheek ragu to Moroccan fried chicken. Need a few stiff drinks? There’s a hidden bar in the back called Good Housekeeping that will dull the pain of your week.

Your girlfriend of three years told you on Tuesday she needs some space for a while. Head right to Roscoe’s – the legendary chicken and waffles joint and LA’s ground zero for not giving a f*ck. The original Hollywood location has been around for over 40 years, and its diner-y interior is the kind of place you’re just as likely to spot an A-list celebrity as you are all your other single friends.

Polka Polish is one of those places you don’t tell many friends about, because you’ve been going for years by yourself and want to continue eating in your pajamas in solitude. The family-run joint in Glassell Park has excellent Polish classics across the board, but your boss asked you twice this week “where’s your happy version at?,” so you’re here for one reason: pierogies. One of god’s great gifts to man, these little dumplings come stuffed with everything from sauerkraut to bacon to jalapeños, and you’re going to want all of them.

There aren’t many comforting aspects of walking around Beverly Hills after four days straight of working overtime, but as long as the destination is Nate ’n Al, everything will be OK. The 70-year-old Jewish deli is an LA landmark and nothing beats a Saturday morning scarfing down some stuffed cabbage and bagel and lox.

Pie ‘n Burger

Pasadena
913 E. California Blvd.

A part of your car you never knew even existed broke on Wednesday, and $850 later you’re suddenly not as financially comfortable as you were two days ago. While there are plenty of places to grab a good burger in this town, our choice for when life is at its most dire is Pie ’n Burger. The Pasadena classic has one of the best meat sandwiches in Los Angeles, and its throwback Americana feel is just the kind of escapism you need.

That cute guy from Tinder you were totally into just dropped the not-looking-for-a-relationship bomb, and you’re officially 100% done with men. Go directly to Magnolia and stick your face right into that famous banana pudding. Is this the best dessert in the universe? We say yes. And at $5.50 a pop, you’re definitely grabbing a few for when you’re hiding in your bed later.

Casa Vega

Sherman Oaks
13301 Ventura Blvd

We don’t need to tell you that Mexican food cures all, but when the workweek has continued to just club you over the head repeatedly, our suggestion is Casa Vega. The 60-year-old Valley institution is the kind of place where you crawl into a big large booth, get blitzed on margaritas, eat some lobster quesadillas, and watch everyone from the Kardashians to your tax guy do the exact same thing.

When it comes to Thai Town, you pretty much have your pick of comfort food spots that will do you right. But our choice is Pailin. The warm, tiny space doesn’t have anywhere near the foot traffic (and chaotic energy) of some of the more well-known spots in the neighborhood, and that’s ideal when you want to sit in silence by yourself and stare at a wall. Their khao soi is the curry noodle soup of your dreams.

Sawtelle Blvd. is pretty much the epicenter of comfort food, but for our money, nothing beats a voyage to Mizu 212 for some shabu shabu. If you’re looking for comfort food that won’t make you feel terrible, this little spot is where you go. Order the special sauce on everything.

Photo: Mizu 212 / Facebook

When in doubt, a plate of meat will always make life a little better. Maple Block hasn’t been open all that long, but this Culver City spot has quickly risen the ranks to become some of our favorite BBQ in the city. The brisket is the move, but also consider the pimiento cheese sandwiches. And save room for the cobbler.

Jones Hollywood

West Hollywood
7205 Santa Monica Blvd.

Saturday night at Jones is admittedly a bit of a scene, but if you come during an off time, you’ll find the setting extremely conducive to eating your feelings over a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. But you’re really here for that apple pie at the end – it’s served in a skillet and has no business being as good as it is.

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The San Francisco Pizza Delivery Guide

You want pizza, you don’t want to have to go outside to get it, and your loved ones, friends, coworkers, and/or fellow Settlers of Catan game night participants are all counting on you to nail the critical task of picking the right delivery spot. This is exactly the kind of very difficult problem we can help you solve. Our guide has all the information you need for a crowd-pleasing experience – even if that crowd is actually just you on your couch.

Presented in partnership with Caviar. Links to Caviar delivery, where available, are below.

the spots

Fiorella

Richmond
2339 Clement St

We love hanging out at Fiorella. But sometimes you just can’t summon up the energy to put on shoes in order to nourish yourself. When that’s how you feel, order up a clam pie and call it a night. Besides the clam, the margherita and salsiccia pizzas are always on our list. Nice charred crust, not too greasy, and overall, some of our favorite pizza in SF.

Delfina is the most consistently strong delivery pizza place in the game. Whether you’re getting it in the Mission, Pac Heights, or the Peninsula, it’s never soggy, the cheese hasn’t slid off to form a greasy pile in the corner of the box, and they give you enough sausage or broccoli rabe per pizza to feed at least two hungry people. We love the salsiccia and the margherita.

Pizzeria Avellino

2769 Lombard St

Avellino is one of the few places around here that does consistently great pizza by the slice, a la New York City corner spots. The slices are massive, the cheese is evenly spread and toasty, and the crust is just soft enough to fold. Not fancy, but sometimes just what you need. What you also need is the cheesy bread, because it doesn’t get its own delivery guide but it deserves some time to shine.

Jersey

145 2nd St

You may not have realized that New Jersey has its own style of pizza, but this place will set you straight with its “Trenton tomato pie” (which has sauce on top of the cheese). We particularly like the pepperoni pizzas here – and we’re also suckers for the burrata margherita. They’re quite generous with their toppings, so you can pretty much expect at least a pound of meat on your pizza. Just a heads up so you can prep your stomach accordingly.

Casey’s used to be a pizza truck, and it was awesome. Now it has a brick and mortar, and it’s still awesome. They will also bring their awesome pizza directly to your home, and you should take full advantage of that. The Zoe Pepperoni is always in our order. Not the cheapest place around, but it’s worth paying a few extra dollars for close to perfect pizza.

Piccino

Dogpatch
1001 Minnesota St

You optimistically bought some mushrooms at the market over the weekend. But at this point, cooking a gourmet meal has sunk below “clean out the cupboard under the bathroom sink” on your to-do list – and it’s only Monday. Get the mushroom pizza from Piccino instead. We’re big fans of this place, and while that pie is our favorite, the margherita and whatever seasonal options they have are also generally strong. Extra key for delivery is the very thin crust that holds up without getting soggy.

One of the best things about delivery from PizzaHacker is not having to walk into a place called “PizzaHacker,” but still being able to eat their delicious food. They have managed to hack the crust to an incredibly well-done state, crispy and airy without being burnt, and they know what they’re doing with toppings, too – the “Rocket Man,” with arugula and an egg, is excellent, as is the “Yo Vinny!” (with sausage, onions, and peppers).

Pink Onion

64 14th St

The pies here have a thick, doughy crust that’s incredibly satisfying. If you’re a fan of prosciutto and arugula pies, Pink Onion has an outstanding example of that genre. And the meat-heavy “Tyson Punch Out,” despite its aggressive name, is also very good.

Montesacro

510 Stevenson St

If you insist on getting technical, Montesacro serves “pinsas,” not pizzas. They’re oval-shaped, with a slightly-airer-than-normal crust that has a nice char to it. We recommend the ’njuda pinsa, the margherita, or the maranella, with spicy sausage, broccolini, and straciatella.

Pauline’s is for those who don’t want their crust blackened or their pizzas topped with things like arugula, hen of the woods mushrooms, nettles, etc. Order from here if you want something classic, simple, and tasty. The pesto pizza (with no red sauce) is pretty great, but if you’re with a group of carnivorous friends, go for the Italian combo. Of course, you could also just get both.

Vegan pizza is something typically used to lure people to wellness conventions and trick children into eating vegetables. But even though as non-vegans, we tend to stick to the cheese and meat choices here, we’re happy with the vegan option too – mostly because the pesto is so good. Pizza Place reminds us of the pizza of our ’90s suburban childhood, in the best way possible.

Yes, we’re fully aware this is a pizza delivery guide; however, we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t point out that you also need to get a side of burrata when you order from Il Casaro. It’s imported and phenomenal, just like Tsukiji Market tuna and Celine Dion. Pie-wise, the broccoli and salsiccia is the right choice.

Little Star Pizza

400 Valencia St

Deep dish pizza is not for everyone. Some object to calling it pizza at all – while others are mortally offended by the suggestion of its illegitimacy. We’ll let New Yorkers and Chicagoans duke that out, and just say that Little Star does our favorite deep dish in the city (particularly the “Little Star” pie, with spinach and ricotta). Apart from being delicious, it also stands up very well to being put in a box and transported via Scoot/car/hoverboard. They do have thin-crust pizza too, but we’d advise you to go big.

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Hook Fish Co.

“We should move to LA” is something people say when they get back from a sunny weekend in Venice. The weather is nicer, the beach situation is better, and the tacos are more plentiful. But after a sunny Sunday drinking beers and eating at Hook Fish Co., you’ll also be considering looking at real estate in the Outer Sunset (provided you don’t already live there). Until you remember about the other 340 days of the year.

In a quiet corner of the city a few blocks up from the beach, this tiny shop is doing big business, even on foggy days, and for good reason: the fish is fresh, the people are laidback, and the place just makes you feel good. You order at the counter, and can pick from the concise menu of mains (tacos, burrito, sandwich, fish and chips) with a few seafood staples to start (crab cakes, poke, ceviche). Focus on the burrito and fish tacos, because they’re pretty close to perfect. The fish (fried or grilled) is high-quality, and the topping-to-filling ratio is always right – enough to feel substantial without drowning the seafood main event. Housemade corn tortillas for the tacos and a light grill on the burrito are the touches that bring these from good to great.

In case it isn’t clear from the name, note that there are very few non-seafood options here, so don’t bring your friend who is anti-fish. Do bring your friend who cares about things like the terroir of her wine or the roasting date of his coffee beans. At Hook, the port of origin and fishing boat’s name are put up on little chalkboards above the flattop in the back, so you can feel a deep, deep connection to the red snapper tacos you’re about to inhale.

The space is extremely small, and the decor is pretty simple, with cement floors, wooden tables, and a bar inside, plus sidewalk planters and some tables outside. There are no fake yacht club flags or anchors or random buoys, and there’s no $28 lobster roll. There is a SoCal feel to the whole spot that puts you at ease immediately. You will typically have to wait, especially on the weekends, but the line moves pretty quickly, and you can get things to go or to stay – with seating turning over reliably enough that you’re never stuck standing awkwardly with a tray of tacos in hand.

This place isn’t about kitsch – it’s fully focused on getting great fish out to the people. And all the staff members, from the cooks to the cashiers, really know what they’re doing. If you try to order the fish of the day for a dish that won’t really work (like a cod that won’t grill well for a grilled option), they’ll suggest other routes that might be better for what you want. Listen to them – they are in charge. You are here to take a beach break and forget about the fact that the rain is really making your ant problem escalate. While eating some very, very good seafood.

Food Rundown

Poke & Chips

Fresh tuna that’s not drowning in sauce, served with salty chips. One of the lighter, more refreshing things on the menu, and something we’d definitely order again. Also spicy.

Crab Cakes

Eating crab out of the shell is one of the most labor-intensive, least rewarding things a person can do. And we file our own taxes. Whoever invented the crab cake should have a national day of celebration in his or her honor. The crab cakes here are small but mighty – there’s basically no filler or thick breadcrumb shell. The crab is amazing and comes on top of some mixed greens with a side of tartar sauce that you don’t even really need.

Smoked Trout Salad

There is one salad on the menu. It is not filling, but it’s tasty and an appropriate thing to eat alongside a lot of shared things or maybe two tacos if you’re a hungry person. The smoked trout is very salty, and the everything bagel crouton-y things are a nice touch. Just note, high odds of food envy if you get this.

Burrito

Because we’re in California, this is called a burrito, but in other places it might just be a wrap. Regardless, it’s delicious. The tortilla is grilled, the cabbage slaw is just the right amount of tangy, and the fish-to-rice ratio is spot on. We usually stick with salmon, but you can swap in whatever fresh fish is on hand and you won’t regret it.

Fish Tacos

These can be customized with poke or the grilled fish of the day – and the answer is always grilled. Strong corn tortillas and a simple slaw, avocado, and pico topping make these a go-to. You only get two per order, so know that you’ll probably want more (or need an app or two).

Fish & Chips

Not a grease pile! To be honest, though, the real standouts here are the fries. They’re like the fries you used to get at the pool in those big cardboard cups with pictures of fries on the outside when you were a kid. Some salt and spices make them incredible.

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Kaya

After watching your group Happy Hour plans fall through for the 13th time, you’ve decided to organize a night out that people will actually show up for. You want something exciting enough to get your friends off their couches, but not so high-maintenance that they bring out excuses like “I need to stay home and keep an eye on my sister’s fish.” Kaya, in the Civic Center, is a good middle ground, with well-made drinks and Jamaican food in an atmosphere that feels relaxed.

The first thing you can tell your friends to lure them to Kaya is that it’s a fairly hidden spot (people like hidden things). There’s only a logo on the door and a small sign to signify you’re in the right place. Inside, though, it feels spacious and laid-back, with a big U-shaped bar and tables of various sizes scattered around. Reggae music plays over the speakers, and there’s a huge shelving unit at the back filled with a collection of alcohol bottles more extensive than your nephew’s Hot Wheels fleet.

Those bottles aren’t just decorative. Alcohol is a big part of Kaya’s appeal. Specifically rum, which you can drink in flights or cocktails. The most expensive cocktails on the list are $13, and that $13 goes a long way – especially if you get the one that’s lit on fire while you watch. Just be aware that whatever you’re drinking is likely stronger than it tastes (a good or bad thing, depending on how much you like suddenly realizing you’re drunk).

There are plenty of restaurants with nice spaces and strong cocktails in SF, but the Jamaican menu here sets Kaya apart. Portion sizes for both the “small” and “big” dishes are on the larger side, so everything is easy to split with a group. Our favorites of the small plates are the sweet caramelized carrots (which basically taste like candy), the tamarind shrimp, and the salad with pickled papaya. Of the larger plates, we like the rich, well-seasoned oxtail stew and the curried vegetables, which will make even non-vegetarians happy. Some things are inconsistent – we’ve had salt fish fritters that were bland and jerk chicken that lacked spice – but otherwise, the food is very good.

Overall, Kaya is a great place to go out with friends when you want something slightly upscale that isn’t intimidatingly formal. You won’t feel uncomfortable ordering that third drink and doing a dramatic retelling of the time you had a whole text conversation with your boss while thinking it was your sister, but you also won’t be sacrificing food quality in the name of a good time.

Food Rundown

Salt Fish Fritters

These are usually well-seasoned, although on one visit they were too bland. If you want fried things, order them, and don’t skimp on the chimichurri they come with.

Grilled Wild Gulf Shrimp

Covered in a tamarind glaze and really delicious. Our favorite seafood dish on the menu.

Fried Plantains

These go well with the black bean sauce and sour cream. They pop up as sides with some other dishes (like the jerk chicken), so you may not need a separate order, unless you really love plantains.

Papaya and Greens

Know that this is more “greens with some pickled papaya” than the other way around (still, we wish more salads had pickled papaya on them). If you’re a salad-for-dinner kind of person, this could be a main, but if not, get it to share.

Caramelized Carrots and Squash

You could hand these pomegranate-molasses-glazed vegetables out at Halloween, because they’re so sweet they’re essentially candy. And not candy like Smarties – candy you actually want to eat a lot of.

Mary’s Organic Jerk Chicken

This is always tasty, but can be a little inconsistent in terms of spice – on one visit, it was well-cooked but on the milder side. Worst comes to worst, if it’s not that spicy you can apply some of the extremely hot pepper sauce you’ll find on your table.

Black Pepper Crab

A tasty whole crab that you need to crack yourself. While it’s a pretty manageable size, you’ll still be dragging behind people who have less labor-intensive entrees, so keep that in mind when you order.

Curried Vegetables

This is a well-seasoned dish that’s deeply satisfying. If you’re a vegetarian, rejoice – but you’ll like it even if you’re not.

Piri Piri Chicken

Half of a chicken, perfectly cooked and covered in a sweet and spicy glaze. The jerk chicken is better, but this is not bad – it comes down to what you’re in the mood for.

Oxtail Stew

One of the best things on the menu. Slow cooked oxtail in a rich sauce served over rice with fried plantains. This is pretty much the definition of great comfort food.

Swirl Soft Serve

A combination of the spiced vanilla soft serve and the chocolate habanero soft serve, topped with mint and mango sauce. Spicy desserts can be hit or miss, but in this case we’re hoping Kaya will announce they’re opening an ice cream window so we can come by and get this anytime.

Cocktails

All the cocktails we’ve had here have been tasty and loaded with rum (or other spirits, but mostly rum). We’ll be over here with a Montego Slang.

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Where To Get Food Near Central Park

Your options for outdoor space in Manhattan are pretty limited – there are only so many times a summer when you feel like walking up to your friend’s 8th-floor roof, putting a beach towel on hot tar, and getting too sweaty to even appreciate it. But at least we have Central Park, and many good places to get food around it. Whether you want to grab food before a picnic in Sheep’s Meadow, or you’ve been in the grass for hours and you’re ready to drink wine out of something other than a red Solo cup, this guide has you covered.

the spots

White Gold makes one of the best BECs you will ever encounter. If you’re heading to Central Park when most of the Upper West Side is still at on the way to morning yoga, pick one up for an excellent breakfast outside. The lunch sandwiches, like the meatball parm, are very good as well.

If your definition of a sandwich is “large amount of meat on bread,” head up to Pastrami Queen, located just a block from the 77th Street 6 stop. This kosher deli makes pastrami sandwiches that rival Katz’s. The corned beef and roast turkey are great too, as is the matzo ball soup, but that’s a weird thing to eat in the park.

You grabbed your blanket from your couch and filled your cooler. Now you just need to pick up some food and you’ll finally be one of those people who comes to Central Park prepared. Stop by Zabar’s – a gourmet deli and grocer on the Upper West Side – and get some seriously good pastrami sandwiches, or go for a baguette with a few different cheeses and cured meats.

Our only complaints with this Upper East Side spot are the spotty service and the high prices of their non-sandwich menu items. Bypass both of these issues by grabbing some really good paninis to-go, and taking them to the park a block away. The sandwiches here, like the one with prosciutto and shrimp, are excellent and come wrapped tightly in tin foil, so they’ll stay warm and toasty until you find your perfect plot of grass.

Your plan was to find an open park bench and get through an entire Sunday Times, but you’re already running behind and that piece on two startup founders trying to find a $2000 two-bedroom in Soho isn’t going to read itself. One of your best quick options is Breads – a bakery and cafe less than a block off the park on the Upper West Side. Grab coffee and a breakfast sandwich, and definitely try the chocolate babka.

While it would probably be worth waiting in line at Russ & Daughters’ shop on Houston and transporting everything uptown for a bagel and lox feast, you could save a couple hours by popping into their lesser-known location in the basement of the Jewish Museum just off the park on the UES. Just know you can’t do takeout or walk in for a meal on Saturdays (when it’s prepaid- and reservation-only due to Shabbat), and they’re closed on Wednesdays.

All you’ve had to eat since getting to the park is a street cart hot dog and a bag of Ruffles. If you want some high-quality food close by in a place that still feels casual, get one of the outdoor tables at The East Pole. This Upper East Side spot serves a bunch of healthy options all day, along with a very good bacon cheeseburger with duck fat steak fries.

After a long day of sun, rowboats, and avoiding horsesh*t, you may want to turn things up a notch with spicy margaritas and buckets of beer. Playa Betty’s is a fun spot on the Upper West Side where you can roll in wearing grass-stained shorts, and eat tacos and guacamole with a big group.

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Where To Take Someone Who You’re Trying To Convince To Move To SF

It’s no secret that San Francisco is a transient city. You can ask someone on a date on a Tuesday and by Friday, they’ve already left for D.C. to work at a nonprofit lobbying for paper to turn back into trees. With tech startups hiring fresh blood every day, and big companies building outposts around town, there are a lot of opportunities to convince your friends, family, and coworkers to move here.

Getting them to visit is a great way to show them how amazing life would be if they made the move to SF, but you need to make sure that the trip goes off without a hitch. This guide includes everything, from places to go for big, impressive meals to everyday spots that show how even a Tuesday in SF can be as fun as a Saturday elsewhere.

the spots

In a perfect world, every morning would start with a trip to the bakery for some fresh bread and pastries. And in that perfect world, Tartine would be that bakery. Get here early so you and your friend can make the most of the day (and avoid the line), load up on croissants, and talk about all the different things you can do with the rest of the morning while they sit there, shocked that a croissant can be this good.

Flour + Water

Mission
2401 Harrison St.

Even though it’s one of the best restaurants in the city, Flower + Water feels like a casual neighborhood spot you’d feel comfortable dropping into for any occasion. The menu constantly reflects what’s in season and even though it’s tough to get a reservation, they still keep a large portion of the restaurant open for walk-ins. Plus, they make the best pasta in the city.

Nopa

Nopa
560 Divisadero St.

You and your significant other are both sick of long distance. One of you is going to have to leave your beloved city behind, and since you just convinced your boss to let you work from home on Fridays, it’s not going to be you. Get your person to come for a weekend and start off by walking into Nopa late night. It’s one of the best special occasion restaurants in the city and it shows them how, unlike in their city, SF doesn’t shut down at 9:30.

Your cousin Alex is from a small town and moving to a “big city” seems daunting to him, especially after he saw the mess of FiDi traffic after work. You need to show him that San Francisco can feel smaller, too. Take him to Biergarten in Hayes Valley. Everyone is there to have a few daytime drinks, there are no tall buildings around, and you can make friends with the people sitting at your picnic table, easy. Grab a few giant beers and settle in for an afternoon of letting him change his own mind.

Convincing your best friend in the world to uproot and move here would be amazing, so you need to pull out all the stops. Mister Jiu’s is not an everyday place, but if you want to do it big, bringing someone here could help tip the scale. It’s one of the coolest restaurants in the city and can show them that no matter where they live in SF, Chinatown – and basically every neighborhood – is pretty easy to get to and from.

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Barzotto

Mission
1270 Valencia St

San Francisco has amazing pasta, but going big with SPQR isn’t something you can just do when you have to worry about being able to afford rent and multiple pairs of Allbirds. Instead, take them to Barzotto and show them that amazing pasta and wines by the glass are within reach all the time if they swap out their MTA or Charlie Card for a BART Pass.

For more places like this, check out our Guide To SF’s “Super Cute Reasonably Priced Restaurants To Catch Up With A Few Friends.”

Yank Sing

Soma
49 Stevenson St

You’ve got a coworker in town that you think would be a great addition to your team – watching them sell is like watching Pollock paint, it’s beautiful – but no one can figure out what’s going on in their head. Take them to Yank Sing for a long lunch and sell them on the merits of moving here outside of work, like hiking and day trips sailing around a former supermax prison, while you eat pork buns and soup dumplings.

Last night, you tried to introduce your sister to all of your cool friends in SF, but today you’re both getting more acquainted with your old friend, Raging Hangover, and you want to take it easy. Take her to The Italian Homemade in North Beach. Choose your noodles and sauce, share a huge plate of handmade pasta, and show her that there are quiet nights here, too.

After another terrible winter, your old roommate from Chicago is thinking about relocating to SF, but is hesitant to leave behind the wind and their beloved Malort. Take them to Hog Island for amazing oysters and incredible views of the bay. Then see if they really want to get back on that plane to O’Hare.

Even if you don’t have a coworker throwing a birthday party when you’re trying to convince someone to move here, you should still swing through Southern Pacific Brewing. It’ll involve you pitching the place a little bit like a car salesman, but instead of trying to distract your friends with donuts while you sell them the extended warranty, you’ll do it with craft beers and good natural light instead.

Your little brother is considering joining you on the West Coast, and you finally got him out here for a trip without other family getting in your way. Get some of your friends together, and take him to bottomless brunch at Chubby Noodle. It’ll show him how fun this city can be, and earn you some cool points in the process. Make sure you order extra dumplings and salt and pepper shrimp before you’re done with your first round.

Your old coworker’s best friend wants you to take her out while she’s here. She’s a big fans of clubs, but you can’t do that all the time – inhaling champagne sparkler-smoke and fake fog is hazardous to your health – and living here means finding more affordable ways to have fun. Plus, clubs are kind of the same everywhere. If you still want a fun night out, take her to Li Po Lounge in Chinatown. Get a few mai tais, find some seats upstairs or in the basement, and enjoy being somewhere that could only exist in San Francisco.

It may not be top of mind, but having a go-to deli close to where you live is about as important as not cutting the tags off your mattress. If you have a friend eyeing apartments in North Beach, take them to Molinari for some of the best sandwiches in town. Remind them that they could come here every day on their walk to work or whenever they realize that the only bread left at home is those two awkward pieces at the end of the loaf. Lucca Delicatessen and Mission Cheese also do solid work if the Marina and Mission are on their radar.

After someone moves here, the “let’s go explore everything” phase fades because time passes, bank accounts trickle down, and someone can only ingest so many dumplings and pasta before they feel like they need to go back to eating normal, boring salads. If you take them to Blue Barn when they visit, you can show them that that ubiquitous salad can actually be enjoyable. Go for the arugula or the fattoush.

Everyone needs a few quick and casual places they can pop into at any given time and get a good meal. In SF, we have Souvla to answer the Panera Bread call coming from deep within, but this Greek mini chain is way better. The menu lets you get your protein in sandwich or salad form, and both the lamb or chicken are good calls. Also, skip the fries and get an order of juicy potatoes cooked in the meat drippings instead.

Even if you haven’t gone to Plow for breakfast yet, you need to take your friend there. It’s easily one of the best breakfasts in town. It could even help remind yourself why you moved here in the first place – then you can use that energy to sell you friend, or just let the lemon ricotta pancakes do it for you.

You and your best high school friend miss each other, and they’re considering transferring to their company’s SF office. But they know you won’t be able to hang out with them every day, so it’s important to show them places you can catch up from time to time on a random weeknight when you’re both miraculously not working late. If they test you with showing them how you would actually be living, bring them to RT Rotisserie. It has the feel of a casual weeknight dinner, but the rotisserie chicken is expert and half a bird will only run you $10.

The Page

298 Divisadero St

San Francisco has the reputation of being outrageously expensive, from the rent to the cocktails that involve pawning off your nice shoes if you want to afford another, but that’s why The Page exists. This place on Divis has elements from every kind of great dive bar, from the pool table to the books and magazines that haven’t been updated in years to the obligatory paintings of ships and stuffed animal heads on the walls. Even better, beers are $3.50 instead of the $7 they are most places.

A 16

2355 Chestnut St.

Your college roommate is visiting and wants to relive some of the old days by going out in the Marina. Take them to A16 before you hit the bars. This place is good for everything from dates to group dinners, the pizza is great, and you can turn their next visit into a one-way ticket by explaining that this could all be theirs as soon as they start filling out apartment applications.

As much as your friend thinks that all the jobs out here are in Silicon Valley, it’s mostly houses, and odds are, they’ll end up working close to the FiDi/SoMa instead. Set the stage and have them meet you there after work one day, so they can see where they’ll actually be spending their time. Novela makes nice cocktails based on literary characters, and gets crowded after work with people wearing company-branded vests with matching backpacks. Go network and show them that they could meet people whose cousin’s boyfriend’s sister’s best friend is your mom’s book club organizer’s kid. It’s a small world, and look, they’re already making connections in SF.

If they like the idea of checking out places close to where they’ll work, show them our FiDi Lunch Guide and our guide to Where To Get A Drink Near Your FiDi/SoMa BART Stop.

Sol Food

901 Lincoln Ave.

You’ve known since the second grade that your friend Susie is a visual learner, so give her something to look at and take a day trip to Sol Food in Mill Valley. When you’re done eating amazing bistec and cubano sandwiches, drive her around the Marin Headlands and let the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city do the talking for you.

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