Faves and raves by Rafael Mandelman
YEARS IN THE CITY: 25
NEIGHBORHOOD: Mission Dolores
OCCUPATION: Lawyer for local governments and affordable housing developers
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Despite The City’s fair share of problems, it’s still a pretty amazing place, and I feel very lucky to be here
WHERE: 3463 16th St., between Sanchez and Church streets
WHAT: Lovely staff, not too crowded
INFO: (415) 864-2965
The owner is a sweetheart, the staff is lovely, and it’s usually not too terribly crowded.
WHERE: Gibson Road, near 25th Avenue and California Street
WHAT: Great view of The City’s iconic span
INFO: (415) 831-2750 or www.nps.gov/prsf/planyourvisit/baker-beach.htm
Who can argue with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge? It’s gorgeous.
WHERE: 429 Castro St., between 17th and 18th streets
WHAT: Get your fill of organ music
INFO: (415) 621-6120 or www.castrotheatre.com
One of the last neighborhood movie theaters in San Francisco, the Castro is a treasure and the perfect place to satisfy a hankering for a little organ music.
Bird & Beckett
WHERE: 653 Chenery St., between Carrie and Diamond streets
WHAT: A bookstore where you can connect with the community
INFO: (415) 586-3733 or www.bird-beckett.com
Not just a bookstore, Bird & Beckett is a true community cultural center, with regular jazz concerts, readings and book clubs. But it is also just a delightful place to wander the aisles looking for a good book.
The top of Twin Peaks
WHERE: 501 Twin Peaks Blvd.
WHAT: A sense of accomplishment
The view of course is amazing, and getting oneself to the very highest spot in San Francisco does give one a sense of accomplishment.
WHERE: 3692 18th St., at Dolores Street
WHAT: Try out the salted caramel ice cream
INFO: (415) 626-5600 or www.biritecreamery.com
It’s only two blocks from my home, and when the line isn’t too long, the salted caramel ice cream is one of my guilty pleasures.
WHERE: 3611 18th St., between Guerrero and Dolores streets
WHAT: Excellent meatballs
INFO: (415) 437-6800 or www.pizzeriadelfina.com
I find myself at the Pizzeria Delfina almost every week getting take-out after a long day. The meatballs are really, really good.
WHERE: Between 18th, 20th, Church and Dolores streets
WHAT: One of the best views in The City
On a nice day, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a smoothie from Dolores Park Café, a pastry from Tartine or a sandwich from Bi-Rite.
WHERE: 2298 Market St., at Noe Street
WHAT: A great place to watch the world go by
INFO: (415) 621-8579 or www.cafeflore.com
Even after years of gentrification, the Castro remains one of San Francisco’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Café Flore’s outdoor tables are a great place to sip an iced tea and watch the world go by.