Faves and raves by Henry Pacheco (Click on the picture to see Henry’s faves)
YEARS IN THE CITY: 15
NEIGHBORHOOD: Twin Peaks
OCCUPATION: Nonprofit communications with the Council for Global Equality (www.globalequality.org) and freelance graphic design (www.proteancreative.com)
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Art and design geek with a social justice bent who enjoys whatever never-dull San Francisco throws his way
FAVORITE INTERESTINGLY DESIGNED BUILDING
WHERE: 580 California St., at Kearny Street
WHAT: A dose of fun for the Financial District
Because “Goddess” sculptures always make a mansard-style roof pop! The sculptures adorning the top of the building are by the late artist Muriel Castanis, and they add a good amount of whimsy to the Financial District.
FAVORITE CAFE TO GET A CROISSANT
Thorough Bread & Pastry
WHERE: 248 Church St.
WHAT: Try the ham and cheese croissant
INFO: (415) 558-0690 or www.thoroughbreadandpastry.com
A great neighborhood bakery that offers not only a great ham-and-cheese croissant but countless other delicious baked goods. The bakers work in a kitchen right behind the counter so you can watch them work their magic. And they have a patio space to enjoy your baked goods al-fresco.
FAVORITE ICE CREAM SHOP
WHERE: 3692 18th St., at Dolores Street
WHAT: Great ice cream with interesting flavors
INFO: (415) 626-5600 or www.biritecreamery.com
Honey Lavender ice cream! ’Nuff said!
FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE STREET ART
WHERE: Bordered by Mission, Valencia, 17th and 18th streets
WHAT: Demonstrates that art on the wall doesn’t mean “tagging”
This alley turns the perception that all street art is “tagging” by gangs on its head. The works in this alley run the gamut of styles from the surreal to political to just plain fun! Nice place to let the kids get up close to the art.
FAVORITE PLACE TO ESCAPE THE CITY (WITHIN THE CITY)
Glen Canyon Park
WHERE: Bosworth and Elk streets
WHAT: One of San Francisco’s many hidden gems
Glen Canyon offers a nice relaxing hike, a spot for rock climbing and many areas to stop and enjoy the sounds and smells of nature.
FAVORITE MUSEUM OR GALLERY
WHERE: 77 Geary St., second floor
WHAT: Diverse art, friendly staff
INFO: (415) 398-5572 or www.togonongallery.com
Togonon Gallery focuses on art created in the Bay Area by people of color using a wide range of media. And the staff will actually say hello when you visit! The first Thursday of the month, the galleries in the area stay open later.
FAVORITE KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT
WHERE: Diamond Heights Shopping Center, 5214-A Diamond Heights Blvd.
WHAT: Small space with tons of food
INFO: (415) 206-9755
What it lacks in decor it more than makes up for in service and the amount of food you get for the price. Want a bento box with chicken katsu? You got it. Want burgers? You got it. Want breakfast? You got it. Want happy kids? You got it!
FAVORITE RESTAURANT (WITHOUT KIDS)
WHERE: 2435 Clement St., between 25th and 26th avenues
WHAT: End your meal with the kanafi
INFO: (415) 668-1676 or www.layalysf.com
Outer Richmond Mediterranean grill serving up great food and good service at a fair price. The kanafi [Middle Eastern dessert with shredded wheat, pistachios, rose water and cheese] is a nice and sweet way to end your meal.
FAVORITE CHILDREN’S PARK
WHERE: 105 Aptos Ave., between Upland Drive and Ocean Avenue
WHAT: Outdoor entertainment for all ages
Play structures, tennis court, baseball diamond, a blacktop to skateboard and every parent’s favorite — a bathroom!