Street art, egg creams and healthy, nourishing pies

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Faves and raves by Bryan Ranere

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AGE: 42

YEARS IN THE CITY:
19

NEIGHBORHOOD: Noe Valley

OCCUPATION: Drink maker and bar manager at Foreign Cinema and Laszlo

SELF-DESCRIPTION:
Enthusiastic fan, participant and collector of the best things in life

FAVORITE HOLE IN THE WALL

The Attic

WHERE: 3336 24th St., between Osage and Bartlett streets

WHAT: The perfect dive

INFO:
(415) 643-3376

The Attic is a perfect dive. Cheap prices on good spirits, long narrow bar, dark lighting, a few interesting characters and decent music.

FAVORITE PLACE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC

The Great American Music Hall

WHERE: 859 O’Farrell St., between Larkin and Polk streets

WHAT: Intimate grandeur and warm sound

INFO: (415) 885-0750 or www.musichallsf.com

The Great American Music Hall offers intimate grandeur. It’s like a small-scale Fillmore. The room has a really good, warm sound, and it might be the last chance to catch a great band before they graduate to large theaters or arenas.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A FILM

Castro Theatre

WHERE: 429 Castro St. between Market and 18th streets

WHAT:
The ultimate palace

INFO: (415) 621-6120 or www.castrotheatre.com

The Castro is the ultimate palace! That’s the first theater I went to when I moved here in ’91. The movie was “Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut.” It’s so beautiful that I wanted to get married there! My mother-in-law nixed it.

FAVORITE LATE-NIGHT SNACK

Won Mi Korean

WHERE: 1545 Fillmore St., between Geary Boulevard and O’Farrell Street

WHAT: Start with a nice pot of tea and a great array of kimchi

INFO: (415) 441-3906

They bring you a nice pot of tea and a great array of kimchi to start. Then, bring on the sizzling meats! It’s always a spicy afterparty.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A CUP OF COFFEE

Grand Coffee

WHERE: 2663 Mission St., between 22nd and 23rd streets

WHAT: Nabil’s brew is perfect; try the egg creams

INFO: (415) 206-1238

I drink espresso at home, but when I’m out, I like a fancy coffee drink! I think Nabil over at Grand Coffee on Mission Street is really killing it now. … He’s got the perfect draw every time, and he makes delicious egg creams!


FAVORITE BAR

Laszlo

WHERE: 2526 Mission St., between 21st and 22nd streets

WHAT: Fresh ingredients, reasonable prices, diverse clientele and music.

INFO: (415) 401-0810 or www.laszlobar.com

On my night off, I might be out and I’ll get a call from friends saying, “Guess where we are?”


FAVORITE CHEAP EATS

Peasant Pies

WHERE: 4108 24th St., between Castro and Diamond streets

WHAT: Healthy sweet and savory options for under three bucks

INFO: (415) 642-1316 or www.peasantpies.com

During the day, I like Peasant Pies. Great for a quick breakfast or lunch with a wide variety of healthy, nourishing tastes.


FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE ART

White Walls

WHERE: 837 Larkin St., between Myrtle and Geary streets

WHAT: An interesting variety of talent, from “street art” to modern painters

INFO: (415) 931-1500 or www.whitewallssf.com

White Walls showcases an interesting variety of talent that mixes what is categorized as “street art” with modern painters with more traditional backgrounds.

FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS

Ferry Building Farmers Market

WHERE: Outside the Ferry Building, at the foot of Market Street

WHAT: A variety of taste with a great view of the Bay

INFO: (415) 291-3276

There are so many delicious tastes under one roof, and it’s a beautiful example of what makes this part of the country great.

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