Faves and raves by Leila Burrows
YEARS IN THE CITY: Fourth-generation San Franciscan, recently back to The City after an eight-year stint in Los Angeles
NEIGHBORHOOD: Russian Hill-North Beach border
OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur and certified yoga instructor and co-owner and operator of The Pad Studios in the Marina district
SELF-DESCRIPTION: What motivates me: sunrise, music, love, random acts of kindness, a home-cooked meal, natural beauty, snowlike powder, waterlike glass
WHERE: 239 Clement St., between Third and Fourth avenues
WHAT: Try No. 18 on the menu
INFO: (415) 379-9008
Veggie pho may sound ordinary, but the broth keeps us coming back. Not to mention, dinner for two and the bill is under $15. Sounds good to me!
FAVORITE COCKTAIL IN TOWN
WHERE: 2175 Chestnut St., between Steiner and Pierce streets
WHAT: The Salty Dog — vodka, elderflower, grapefruit and salt
INFO: (415) 673-7100 or www.delarosasf.com
This modern, upscale-yet-San Francisco-casual Italian eatery is best-known for classic, fresh cocktails, a variety of appetizers, unforgettable thin-crust pizzas and undeniable desserts.
WHERE: Various nightclubs
WHAT: Mixing a wide variety of genres all over town
Solomon mixes house, funk, soul and hip-hop weekly in San Francisco nightclubs including Harlot, Ambassador, East Side West and The Parlor. Everyone knows that where there’s good music, a good party is sure to follow.
FAVORITE LOCAL BIKE RIDE
WHERE: Begins at intersection of Beach Street, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard
WHAT: An exhilarating, exhausting, fulfilling ride
Walk out the door and bike to Crissy Field, climb up to and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. A steady uphill climb leads you to the top of a white-knuckle, exhilarating, adrenaline-producing descent. From there, you have options to continue north to Point Bonita or Rodeo Beach. Eventually turning around and biking through the headlands past the Art Center, through the Rainbow tunnel and back over the bridge. To avoid oblivious tourists, go early or after 3 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends when the other side of the bridge is open exclusively for cyclists.
FAVORITE SOURCE OF CAFFEINATED ENERGY
WHERE: 2567 Gough St., between Green and Vallejo streets
WHAT: Terrific espresso bar, personable staff
INFO: (415) 931-9331 or www.bluefogmarket.com
The quintessential neighborhood market with an espresso bar that meets all my needs and a staff who knows most customers by first name. The gourmet food items and prepared sandwiches, salads and soups provide the perfect sustenance for the local workaholics and the pedestrian Union Street visitors alike.
FAVORITE WALK WITHIN SF CITY LIMIT
WHERE: 48th Avenue and Point Lobos Avenue
WHAT: A solid walk with awe-inspiring views
From the Legion of Honor past the Sutro Baths onto Ocean Beach, this walk has a backdrop to inspire anyone. With views of the Golden Gate and out to the wide-open Pacific Ocean, the walk will leave you on a natural high.