Po-boys, sisig and sashimi: A southern boy’s delight

Faves and raves by Justin Simoneaux (Click the picture to see Justin’s faves)

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AGE: 26

YEARS IN THE CITY: Seven

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haight-Ashbury

OCCUPATION: Executive chef, Boxing Room in Hayes Valley

SELF-DESCRIPTION: A Southern Louisiana native who loves his mom, has a strong affinity for the New Orleans Saints and knows his way around a fryer

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A SUSHI FIX

Domo

WHERE: 511 Laguna St., between Fell and Linden streets

WHAT: Try the firecracker balls

INFO: (415) 861-8887 or www.domosf.com

The restaurant is small and cozy, and the sashimi is super fresh. I love their firecracker balls; they’re made of spicy tuna and flash fried.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GO FOR A COCKTAIL

The Alembic

WHERE: 1725 Haight St., between Cole and Shrader streets

WHAT: Great cocktails!

INFO: (415) 666-0822 or www.alembicbar.com

This place is like an extended family to me, and they make great cocktails. Plus, I like to check in and make sure the bartenders are still on top of their game.

FAVORITE CAFE

Arlequin Café

WHERE: 384 Hayes St., between Franklin and Gough streets

WHAT: Great food, outdoor courtyard and attached wine store

INFO: (415) 626-1211 or www.arlequincafe.com

They have great sandwiches and not many places have a big outdoor courtyard where you can bring your food to eat. Also, there is a wine store connected to the café, so if you’re in the mood you can grab a glass of wine to go along with your sandwich. What’s not to love?

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET HOT CHICKEN WINGS

Wings Wings

WHERE: 422 Haight St., between Webster and Fillmore streets

WHAT: Variety, from green herb sauce to super spicy!

INFO:
(415) 834-5001 or wingwingssf.com

I love the variety — you can get them with the house sauce — a green herb sauce — and the Korean is super spicy.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR SOUTHERN CUISINE

The Blue Plate

WHERE: 3218 Mission St., between Fair Avenue and Valencia Street

WHAT: Just like my mom’s Southern cooking

INFO: (415) 282-6777 or www.blueplatesf.com

I always order the meatloaf and pork chop — the food reminds me of the South and my mom’s cooking.

FAVORITE CHEAP EATS RESTAURANT, STAND, FOOD TRUCK

Señor Sisig — Filipino Fusion Food Truck

WHERE: Varies — follow on Twitter @SeñorSisig to find out where and when

WHAT: Off the hook California Sisig Burrito

INFO: (415) 608-5048 or www.senorsisig.com

Their California Sisig Burrito with pork is off the hook with pork. Some friends from San Diego introduced me to the concept of french fries in a burrito, and I have never looked back.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT FORBIDDEN FOOD (JUNK, UNHEALTHY)

Wonderful Foods Co.

WHERE: 2035 Irving St., between 22nd and 23rd avenues

WHAT: Candy!

INFO: (415) 731-6889

I feel like most of the food I eat is healthy food, but I’m a sucker for candy and whenever I go here I just go to town and get a huge mixed bag of sweets.

FAVORITE PLACE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWN VISITORS

Magnolia Pub & Brewery

WHERE: 1398 Haight St., between Central and Masonic avenues

WHAT: Good beer and good food

INFO: (415) 864-7468 or www.magnoliapub.com

It’s cozy, close to home and reasonably priced. Good beer and good food. What more could you ask for a place to take out-of-town guest?

FAVORITE PLACE FOR A SEAFOOD PO-BOY

Boxing Room

WHERE: 399 Grove St., at Gough Street

WHAT: I’m the chef. I make a great po-boy!

INFO:
(415) 430-6590 or www.boxingroomsf.com

I don’t mean to biased, but I make the po-boy exactly how I like it.

 

Justin Simoneaux

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