My City: Ethiopian eats, coffee, hot kicks and comedy

Faves and raves by Yayne Abeba

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AGE: 39

YEARS IN THE CITY: 39

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haight-Ashbury

OCCUPATION: Stand-up comedian

SELF-DESCRIPTION: The funniest first-generation Ethiopian, native San Franciscan stand-up comedian from the Haight-Ashbury that you will ever meet

FAVORITE CAFE
Cole Valley Cafe

WHERE:
701 Cole St., between Beulah and Waller streets
WHAT:
The best coffee and PB&J bagels 
INFO:
(415) 668-5282 or www.colevalleycafe.com

This place has the best coffee in The City. Cole Valley Cafe has great sandwiches, plus they have PB&J bagels … yum. The people who work there are great. Sidewalk seating lets you watch the unique Haight-Ashbury characters without them really being in your face.

 

FAVORITE RESTAURANT
House of Prime Rib
WHERE: 1906 Van Ness Ave. at Washington Street
WHAT: Been around for almost 70 years, and they have meat zeppelins
INFO: (415) 885-4605 or www.houseofprimerib.net

House of Prime Rib is a San Francisco institution. Delicious, meaty goodness for the carnivore in me. This place has been around for almost 70 years, and it is a truly unique S.F. experience. They have meat zeppelins — need I say more? I just need a man to take me there.

FAVORITE PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH
North Beach
WHAT: Watch tourists walk into random objects
INFO: www.sfnorthbeach.org

I love to watch tourists wander aimlessly into peoples’ backs and parking meters.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE/PERFORM COMEDY
Club Deluxe

WHERE: 1511 Haight St., between Ashbury and Clayton streets
WHAT: Great place to see rising comics
INFO: (415) 552-6949 or www.liveatdeluxe.com

I always have fun performing there. The audience is always into it, and it is a great place to see up-and-coming comics in the Bay Area.

FAVORITE PLACE TO DO YOGA
Funky Door Yoga
WHERE:
1749 Waller St., between Shrader and Stanyan streets
WHAT: Yoga not for the faint of heart
INFO: (415) 668-2227 or www.funkydoor.com

I am an extreme girl, and I need extreme yoga! This is not your hemp-wearing, preachy yoga. This is 90 minutes in 110 degrees.

FAVORITE PLACE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS
Rasselas Jazz Club and Restaurant
WHERE:
1534 Fillmore St., between Geary Boulevard and O’Farrell Street
WHAT: Great jazz and Ethiopian food
INFO: (415) 346-8696 or www.rasselasjazzclub.com

I am Ethiopian, and I need to prove to people that there is more to our food than the flies that accidentally crawl in our mouths while Sally Struthers begs you to feed the children. Plus, the music is banging! Tuesday nights feature a 16-piece jazz orchestra.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR A DOG WALK
Stern Grove Dog Run
WHERE:
19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard; entrance to the dog park is on Vale Street
WHAT: Lots of acres for the dogs to run around

It is one of the most beautiful places in The City; an escape from the concrete. It’s peaceful and serene. Lots of acres for the dogs to run around, plus they have a place where the dogs can dig to their heart’s content. Plus most of the people have very well-behaved and well-socialized dogs that just want to play.  

FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY SNEAKERS
Shoe Biz
WHERE:
1420 Haight St., between Ashbury Street and Masonic Avenue
WHAT: Want hot pink high tops with silver detailing? They’ve got them!
INFO: (415) 861-0313 or www.shoebizsf.com

Shoe Biz always has the hottest kicks for the fashion victim in me. If I want hot pink high tops with silver detailing … what? That’s how I roll. I know Shoe Biz has it for me. From Adidas to Vans, the best sneakers are at Shoe Biz.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A DRINK
Hobson’s Choice
WHERE:
1601 Haight St., between Belvedere and Clayton streets
WHAT: Custom rum punch drinks
INFO: (415) 621-5859 or www.hobsonschoice.com

Watch out for their custom rum punch drinks. They are delicious, but they sneak up on you. So don’t have too many or you will wake up the next morning trying to figure out who that person is next to you.

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