Faves and raves by Dan Karkoska (click the picture to see Dan's favorites!).
YEARS IN THE CITY: Seven
NEIGHBORHOOD: Polk Street
OCCUPATION: DJ/producer/eBay seller
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Pop culture archeologist exploring San Francisco’s gay history while making his own mark in today’s entertainment scene
FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY COOKING SUPPLIES
WHERE: 1542 Polk St., between California and Sacramento streets
WHAT: All kinds of kitchen gadgets
INFO: (415) 771-4649
They have all kinds of kitchen gadgets at great prices, and everyone there is super nice.
FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT BANANA WALNUT PANCAKES
Moulin Rouge Restaurant
WHERE: 887 Geary St., at Larkin Street
WHAT: Chunky, homemade and delicious
INFO: (415) 928-0158
The old couple that runs the place could not be more charming and attentive, and I dream about those banana walnut pancakes. They are chunky and homemade and amazingly delicious. I’m going to have to go out and get some now just thinking about them.
FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY USED BOOKS
WHERE: 623 Valencia St., between 17th and 18th streets
WHAT: Amazing selection, super-cheap prices
INFO: (415) 861-4910 or www.communitythriftsf.org
An amazing selection of all kinds of books at super-cheap prices, and they are really good at putting books them in categories (gay/lesbian, cooking, art, etc.).
FAVORITE PLACE TO BROWSE
WHERE: 920 Larkin St., between Cedar and Geary streets
WHAT: Tons of magazines separated into categories
INFO: (415) 441-7737
You never know what you can find at this amazing used bookstore when you dig around a little. There are boxes and shelves of all kinds of magazines separated into categories.
FAVORITE FRENCH SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT
Brenda’s French Soul Food
WHERE: 652 Polk St., between Turk and Eddy streets
WHAT: Cheese grits, shrimp with bacon and tomato gravy, biscuits, beignets, watermelon iced tea
INFO: (415) 345-8100 or www.frenchsoulfood.com
I love this place. It is crowded and always busy, so expect a wait. I have never had a bad morsel of food there. Everything is amazing. The service is impeccable.
FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY VINTAGE BOARD GAMES
WHERE: 2101 Mission St., at 17th Street
WHAT: Shelves and shelves of games for under $5
INFO: (415) 861-1132 or www.thrifttown.com
I love collecting old board games from the 1960s and 1970s, especially TV game show tie-ins like “The Price is Right” and “The Newlywed Game.” This Mission thrift store always has shelves and shelves of games.
FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A MOVIE
The Castro Theatre
WHERE: 429 Castro St., between Market and 18th streets
WHAT: A temple to the art of cinema
INFO: (415) 621-6120 or www.castrotheatre.com
I appreciate seeing old movies on the big screen, and The Castro offers so many delights, from “The Philadelphia Story” to “Mommie Dearest” to sing-along “Grease.” The theater is just beautiful. It feels like a temple to the art of cinema.
FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A DRAG SHOW
WHERE: 1900 Folsom St., at 15th Street
WHEN: Second and fourth Thursdays at 10 p.m.
WHAT: The best and brightest from San Francisco’s underground
INFO: (415) 252-0306 or www.trucksf.com
This free drag/variety show is a guaranteed night of fun, anarchy and kookiness. The host, Pristine Condition, takes you through a roster of talent.
FAVORITE GAY BAR IN THE POLK
WHERE: 1723 Polk St., between Clay and Washington streets
WHAT: Great bartenders, stiff drinks, pool tables …
INFO: (415) 776-4162
This is my favorite hangout bar and the last gay bar in the Polk. They have the best bartenders who pour nice, stiff drinks. There are pool tables and an outside smoking patio.