Flash-fried goodness, hoops and a visit to Hippie Hill

Flash-fried goodness, hoops and a visit to Hippie Hill

Faves and raves by Justin M. Hunter (Click on the picture to see Justin’s faves!)

PERSONAL STATS

Age: 34

Years in The City: 12

Neighborhood: Upper Haight/Panhandle

Occupation: Aspiring software developer

Self Description: Is it me, or is this town becoming too hoity-toity?

FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY HOOPS

The Panhandle Basketball Courts

WHERE: Oak/Fell and Ashbury streets, The Panhandle

WHAT: The best run in town and a true cross-section of The City

I’ve been playing out there for 12 years now, and it’s my second home. I’ve played all around The City, and nothing compares to the community out there. Gentrification has pushed out a lot of the older players over the years, but still it’s a true cross-section of San Francisco. Just don’t be intimidated out there.

FAVORITE FOOD TRUCK

Chairman Bao

WHERE: Various food truck locations

WHAT: Crispy garlic tofu pork bun!

INFO: (415) 813-8800, www.mobimunch.com/thechairman or @chairmantruck

The crispy garlic tofu pork bun is insanity. Somehow they flash fry the tofu to the point where it’s all gooey and brielike inside, yet crispy on the outside.

FAVORITE PLACE TO DO KARAOKE

The Mint

WHERE: 1942 Market St., between Laguna and Guerrero streets

WHAT: Get there early!

INFO: (415) 626-4726 or www.themint.net

But get there way early (before the collared shirts arrive). Get in, get on and get out.

FAVORITE PLACE TO ‘DO BRUNCH’

Samovar Tea Lounge

WHERE: 297 Page St., between Laguna and Octavia streets

WHAT: Try the a poached egg/nori/smoked salmon/brown rice bowl

INFO: (415) 861-0303 or www.samovarlife.com/lounges/zen-valley

You walk out after a poached egg/nori/smoked salmon/brown rice bowl at Samovar, and you feel rejuvenated (and smarter). Some serious body nourishment goes on in there.

FAVORITE BURGER JOINT

Harvey’s

WHERE: 500 Castro St., at 18th Street

WHAT: A veggie burger with bacon

INFO: (415) 431-4278 or www.harveyssf.com

The black bean burger at Harvey’s in the Castro. Get it with avocado, cheddar and bacon (yes, veggie burger plus bacon … don’t judge). And you’ll have a very happy tum.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GO CLOTHES SHOPPING

Goodbyes Consignment

WHERE: 3464 Sacramento St., between Laurel and Walnut streets

WHAT: Score some seriously fancy duds

INFO: (415) 346-6388 or www.goodbyessf.com

Goodbyes in Laurel Village is my spot. I’m glad more people don’t go there (shh), but you can easily score some seriously fancy duds in there.

FAVORITE SECRET PARKING SPACE (NO LONGER!)

17th/18th streets and DeHaro

WHAT: By lunchtime, lots of all-day and four-hour spots

If you’re a fan of killing the environment by driving to work (or if the 22 sucks … usually the case), you can always park around 17th/18th and DeHaro-ish. You might need to take a two-hour spot at first when the morning rush is on, but by lunchtime a ton of all-day/4-hour spots are wiode open.

FAVORITE WING BAR

Kezar Pub and Restaurant

WHERE: 770 Stanyan St., between Waller and Beulah streets

WHAT: Great wings, great wing sauce

INFO: (415) 386-9292 or www.thekezarpub.com

A large order of hot wings at Kezar Pub are the best in town. Plus a side of wing sauce for dipping. Always.

FAVORITE PLACE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS

Hippie Hill

WHERE: Stanyan and Kezar Dr., Golden Gate Park

WHAT: One of the last true original “San Francisco” spots in the Haight.  

Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park always gets a good reaction. Given how much the neighborhood’s been changing over the years, it’s probably one of the last true original “San Francisco” spots in the Haight.

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