Faves and raves by Kory Stewart
YEARS IN THE CITY: Seven
OCCUPATION: Executive chef at Hotel Vitale and Americano Restaurant
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Proud and loving husband and father, stubborn cook, novice gardener
FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY PRODUCE
WHERE: 3639 18th St., between Guerrero and Dolores streets
WHAT: Excellent selection
INFO: (415) 241-9760 or www.biritemarket.com
They carry much of the same produce from the same farms we use in our restaurant. Especially for the size of the store, there is such a great concentration of awesome food.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A QUICK BITE
El Tonayense Taco Truck
WHERE: Harrison, between Duboce and 15th Street
WHAT: Tasty and reliable
INFO: (415) 559-0404 or www.eltonayense.com
I love their al pastor tacos. If I’m hungry, I’ll usually stop at about any taco truck — I’ve found them to be reliable for delicious food.
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A SUGAR FIX
WHERE: 600 Guerrero St., at 18th Street
WHAT: Their almond croissants are epic
INFO: (415) 487-2600 or www.tartinebakery.com
I’ve never had anything from Tartine that wasn’t just delicious.
FAVORITE FARMERS MARKET
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
WHERE: In front of Ferry Building/The Embarcadero
WHAT: Great opportunity to connect with friends, farmers
INFO: (415) 291-3276 or www.cuesa.org
I like the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, not only because it’s right across the street from Americano, but it’s such a great opportunity to connect with friends and farmers outside of the kitchen where I spend most of my time.
FAVORITE PIZZA PLACE
The Pizza Place on Noriega Street
WHERE: 3901 Noriega St., at 46th Street
WHAT: Delicious food, awesome owners
INFO: (415) 759-5752 or www.pizzaplacesf.com
Hands down. All of their food is delicious and the owners are awesome. It’s also a great place to bring my daughter, Maya.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR COMFORT FOOD
Sai Jai Thai Restaurant
WHERE: 771 O’Farrell St., between Hyde and Larkin streets
WHAT: The best Thai food
INFO: (415) 673-5774
My wife and I spent almost a year in Southeast Asia, and I grew quite fond of Thai food. I’ve been to many Thai places in S.F., and this place does it best.
FAVORITE PLACE TO GO SURFING
WHERE: Beach extending from the Cliff House to Fort Funston
WHAT: Expect the unexpected
You never know what you’re gonna get at Ocean Beach: a broken surfboard, the best wave of your life, or maybe no waves at all.
FAVORITE NATURE SPOT
WHERE: El Camino del Mar and 32nd Avenue
WHAT: Take in a sunset
Beautiful place for sunset or when the waves are big. Great area to forage too.
FAVORITE PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH
The patio at Americano Restaurant
WHERE: 8 Mission St., between The Embarcadero and Steuart Street
WHAT: Perfect setting for taking in The Embarcadero
INFO: (415) 278-3777 or www.americanorestaurant.com
Our staff enjoys all the energy and activity as much as our guests do. It’s the perfect setting for taking in the liveliness of The Embarcadero.