My City: Indie flicks, wontons and chefs with gangster flair

Faves and raves by Nate Valentine

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AGE: 32



OCCUPATION: Co-owner of Vintage 415, a culture marketing firm that operates two restaurants, two nightclubs and a clothing boutique

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Living the San Francisco dream


Rosamunde Sausage Grill

WHERE: 545 Haight St. (between Fillmore and Steiner streets)

WHAT: Lunch on Burger Tuesdays, the only day of the week Rosamunde serves burgers

INFO: (415) 437-6851

“You have to get there early because the burgers sell out. The best thing to do is to get a burger or sausage, then head next door to Toronado and eat it with a beer.”



WHERE: 2909 Webster St. (between Union and Filbert streets)

WHAT: The Faded Crane: seasonal citrus fruit muddled with orange bitters and mixed with Ketel One Vodka and a splash of soda

INFO: (415) 346-3431 or

“Umami is one of our restaurants, but this really is my favorite cocktail in town. It’s the grown-up version of vodka and orange juice. Plus, our bartender, Eric, doesn’t even drink, and he creates the most incredible cocktails through the sense of smell.”


Sundance Kabuki Cinema

WHERE: 1881 Post St. (at Fillmore Street)

WHAT: Dinner and a movie

INFO: (415) 346-3243 or

“I respect their philosophy as a venue for independent films, and I love that you can get food and wine right at your seats.”



WHERE: 1 Mission St. (at Steuart Street)

WHAT: Anything made by chef de cuisine Ravi Kapur

INFO: (415) 543-6084 or

“Ravi is gangster. It’s amazing to watch him cook. I went there for a birthday dinner and sat at the bar with my mom and just had the most incredible meal.”



WHERE: 3560 18th St. (between Valencia and Guerrero streets)

WHAT: Drinks in the upstairs dining room

INFO: (415) 565-0360 or

“The private room at Farina is the perfect place for birthday cocktails and appetizers. It’s not only a gorgeous restaurant, but you get access to an outdoor patio.”


Osha Thai

WHERE: 696 Geary St. (at Leavenworth Street)

WHAT: Fried wontons made with pork, shrimp and vegetables and served with sweet and sour sauce

INFO: (415) 673-2368 or

“I love the wontons, but I try to stay away from them because they’re so addictive. Everything at Osha is just really good drunk food.”


Slow Club

WHERE: 2501 Mariposa St. (at Hampshire Street)

WHAT: A relaxed dinner at the Mission standby

INFO: (415) 241-9390 or

“I actually think the best dates are being out with friends in a more social setting, but Slow Club is kind of out of the way and has a great atmosphere. It’s really comfortable and chill.”


Greek Theatre

WHERE: UC Berkeley

WHAT: Outdoor concerts


“I actually graduated from high school at the Greek Theatre. It’s everything you’d want in a music venue: It’s outdoors and everyone who works there is really nice.”


Foreign Cinema

WHERE: 2534 Mission St. between 21st and 22nd streets

WHAT: Brunch outside on the restaurant’s open patio

INFO: (415) 648-7600 or

“My fiancée, Kelly, and I order Champagne, some oysters and their homemade Pop Tarts, and we’re good to go.”


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