Faves and raves by Terese Taylor
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!