Faves and raves by Casey Grim (Click the picture to see Casey’s faves)
YEARS IN THE CITY: Three
NEIGHBORHOOD: Mission district
OCCUPATION: Budtender at Grass Roots Medical Dispensary by day, starving stand-up comic by night
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Truly a lover of the San Francisco vibe, and a major nerd to boot.
FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP FOR PLANTS
WHERE: 824 Valencia St., at 19th Street
WHAT: A wide array of plants, skeletons and fossils
INFO: (415) 824-1872 or www.paxtongate.com
Admittedly, it’s pretty pricey and definitely gives off the pretentious hipster vibe, but there are tons of cool skeletons, fossils and rocks to add to my collection.
FAVORITE SPOT TO WALK AROUND
Japan Center, Japantown
WHERE: Post Street, between Webster and Laguna streets
WHAT: Sushi, events in the courtyard ... always something going on
With all of its cool imports and delicious sushi, on top of the fun events in the courtyard, there’s always something to walk into at the center!
FAVORITE PLACE TO DO STAND-UP COMEDY
The Purple Onion
WHERE: 140 Columbus Ave., between Jackson and Kearny streets
WHAT: Feels like a comedy club and a museum
INFO: (415) 956-1653 or www.purpleonionlive.com
The legendary Purple Onion gives you the feeling of both a comedy club and a museum. It’s so cool to be able to say that the stage you are standing on once had people like Zach Galifianakis and The Smothers Brothers.
FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY WITH PUPPETS
WHERE: 217 Kearny St., between Sutter Street and Hardie Place
WHAT: Adam McLaughlin (of Animal Trash) is there weekly
INFO: (415) 693-9588
Local puppeteer Adam McLaughlin (of Animal Trash) can be seen there weekly. And if you ask really nicely, he’ll let you play with his puppets. Sometimes you can get a whole group of people to join in.
FAVORITE PLACE TO READ
Quetzal Internet Cafe
WHERE: 1234 Polk St., between Fern and Bush streets
WHAT: A wide array of delicious, healthy eats
INFO: (415) 673-4181 or www.quetzal.org
Great attitude, friendly servers, yummy coffee and a wide array of delicious, healthy eats!
FAVORITE THRIFT STORE
WHERE: 2101 Mission St., at 17th Street
WHAT: A town made up of used clothes
INFO: (415) 861-1132 or www.thrifttown.com
It’s like a town made up of used clothes: tons of options, great prices and some of the best used jackets I’ve ever seen!
FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT VEGAN FOOD
WHERE: 983 Valencia St., between Liberty and 21st streets
WHAT: Cozy and delicious
INFO: (415) 826-5657 or www.herbivorerestaurant.com
The staff is awesome, the food is amazing, and while the atmosphere is cozy, it’s quite pleasant.
FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE AN ACTING CLASS
American Conservatory Theater
WHERE: 415 Geary St., at Mason Street
WHAT: One of the best places to go to learn how to express yourself
INFO: (415) 749-2228 or www.act-sf.org
A staple in the San Francisco arts community, it’s still one of the best places to go to learn how to express yourself and learn big fancy names like Stanislavski!
FAVORITE RESTAURANT FOR SUPER CHEAP FOOD
Golden Era Vegetarian Restaurant
WHERE: 572 O’Farrell St., between Jones and Leavenworth streets
WHAT: Vegan and plentiful
INFO: (415) 673-3136 or www.goldeneravegetarian.com
All vegan, great prices, and the amount of food you get is always plentiful.