Leather dive bar, dogs and stealth ice cream 

Faves and raves by Terese Taylor

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AGE:
Old enough to pay bills, young enough to rock

YEARS IN THE CITY: 13

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mission district

OCCUPATION: Certified massage therapist, musician

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Hard-working, melancholy gal who loves to run

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A GLASS OF WINE

Heirloom Cafe

WHERE:
2500 Folsom St., at 21st Street

WHAT: Unpretentious bistro with great wine list

INFO: (415) 821-2500 or www.heirloom-sf.com/

Wine is king at this friendly neighborhood place, which feels like a homey French farmhouse. While everything on the menu is delicious, the food plays second fiddle to the wines. Truly an oenophile’s haven.

FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY MUSIC

The Eagle Tavern

WHERE:
398 12th St., at Harrison St.

WHAT: Dive bar with a friendly crowd

INFO: www.sfeagle.com/Tnl03.11.html

Not a traditional venue, The Eagle has live music on Thursday nights. Though I haven’t performed there lately, I have fond memories of this leather club as the warmest, most fun, most unassuming place to play. They move the pool table so there’s plenty of room to play and dance.

FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY PRODUCE

Golden Produce

WHERE:
172 Church St., at Market Street

WHAT: Quality produce at reasonable prices

INFO: (415) 431-1536

Super-fresh organicism, diverse, wide-ranging variety, and straightforward owners. If you can’t afford Bi-Rite or can’t find time for a farmers market, head to Golden Produce.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT

Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant

WHERE:
2154 Mission St., between 17th and 18th streets

WHAT: A hidden gem of gastronomic delight

INFO: (415) 864-1888   

I hate revealing this place because a dear friend entrusted me with this Mission district secret, but it’s too good to keep to myself. The service is excellent, the homemade umeboshi plums are scintillating, the kaiseki is amazing, and the home-grown organic produce is the tastiest in The City.

FAVORITE PLACE TO LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC

Bottom of the Hill

WHERE:
1233 17th St., at Missouri St.

WHAT: Live music every night of the week

INFO: (415) 621-4455 or www.bottomofthehill.com

Bottom of the Hill features touring and local bands in the intimacy of a smaller venue. You can often catch performers before they hit it big and you’re stuck watching them in an arena. Once I stopped in randomly and saw an unpublicized show of my favorite songwriter!

FAVORITE NATURE SPOT

Fort Funston

WHERE:
Skyline Blvd., just south of John Muir Drive

WHAT: Nature, surf and lots of dogs

INFO: (415) 561-4323 or www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/fort-funston.html

Someday I hope to have a dog like everybody else at Fort Funston. I’ve seen breathtaking sunsets, massive waves, Joe Goode’s dance troupe performing and naked dudes walking on the beach. I guess you could say there’s something for everyone.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM JOINT

Subs, Inc.

WHERE:
1300 Castro St., between 24th and Jersey streets

WHAT: Yummy ice cream concoctions

INFO: (415) 648-4256

This is a sandwich joint in Noe Valley run by a local boy that happens to serve Mitchell’s ice cream. There’s rarely a line for ice cream because Subs Inc. is disguised as an awesome sub shop.

FAVORITE CAFÉ

Tartine Bakery and Café

WHERE:
600 Guerrero St., at 18th Street

WHAT: Excellent bakery where the long wait is worth it

INFO: (415) 487-2600 or www.tartinebakery.com

Yes, the line is long, but delicious croissants, tarts, eclairs and cakes are waiting at the other end. Sometimes I tweet a picture of the line to my friends, but then I always tweet a picture of the treats when I get them!

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