Faves and raves by Ken Wolf
YEARS IN THE CITY: 14
NEIGHBORHOOD: Marina district
OCCUPATION: Store manager, Williams-Sonoma
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Always seeking new challenges, his work is just a small part of who he is; loves food and traveling, and always has a camera in hand to capture both
FAVORITE CHEAP TOUR OF SF
30-Stockton Muni Bus
WHERE: Near the Palace of Fine Arts, at Broderick and Jefferson street
WHAT: Best tour of The City for $2
INFO: 311, (415) 701-3000 or www.sfmta.com
We get on the bus at the Palace of Fine Arts, then take it through the Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Union Square, Moscone Center, SOMA, AT&T Park and MOMA. And if we stay on the bus, it takes us right back home!
FAVORITE LUNCH TAKE-OUT
Marina Delicatessen & Liquors
WHERE: 2299 Chestnut St., at Scott Street
WHAT: Family-owned corner deli with a nice selection of Mediterranean salads and meats
INFO: (415) 346-7800
They know what I like and they know how I like it. Best sandwich is the homemade roasted turkey with American cheese and pesto on a Dutch crunch roll — all toasty and melty inside.
FAVORITE SOLO LUNCH
Hog Island Oyster Bar
WHERE: Ferry Building Marketplace, The Embarcadero and Market streets
WHAT: Fresh local oysters and clams
INFO: (415) 391-7117 or www.hogislandoysters.com
My definition of heaven is to sit at the bar with half a dozen oysters and a bowl of clam chowder. Amazing view of the Bay through the floor-to-ceiling windows inside or on the patio.
FAVORITE MEDITATIVE SPOT
The Neptune Society’s Columbarium
WHERE: One Loraine Ct., near Geary and Arguello streets
WHAT: The only nondenominational cemetery property in San Francisco
INFO: (415) 752-7891 or www.neptune-society.com/who_we_are/columbarium.html
Let Emmett, the caretaker, give you a brief history of the building and people, then just wander around the neoclassical nooks and niches filled with people’s memorabilia and memories.
FAVORITE SATURDAY MORNING RITUAL
Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market
WHERE: Ferry Plaza, Embarcadero and Market streets
WHAT: Highest-quality fresh farm products
INFO: (415) 291-3276 or www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
I hop on a 30 Muni bus and get off at Chinatown to visit the Golden Gate bakery for egg custard tarts and curry buns. Then I walk through the Jackson Street historic area to the Ferry Plaza to stock up for the week.
FAVORITE SF BUILDING
WHERE: Polk St., between Grove and McAllister streets
WHAT: San Francisco seat of government
INFO: 311, (415) 554-7251 or www.sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=1085
I grab my camera and get lost inside and out. So many neat angles and beautiful open spaces. Plus, there’s almost always an event or something going on.
FAVORITE GIANTS PRE-GAME MEAL
Primo Patio Café
WHERE: 214 Townsend St., between Third and Fourth streets
WHAT: Caribbean/Jamaican food on a warm sunny patio
INFO: (415) 957-1129 or www.primopatiocafe.com
Fresh ingredients with the spicy flavors of Cuba, Jamaica and Mexico. I love the jerk chicken salad, but I crave the fried snapper pieces with “primo sauce” for dipping.
FAVORITE SF STROLL
WHERE: The Embarcadero from Market Street to Second Street
WHAT: Sunniest part of The City, with spectacular views
Start at the Ferry Building Marketplace which has tons of amazing food choices. Then take your time strolling south along the Bay while enjoying the sailboats and joggers. End up at the home of the world champion San Francisco Giants.
FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MORNING TRADITION
Pier Market at Pier 39
WHERE: The Embarcadero and Stockton Street
WHAT: Family-owned and operated seafood restaurant
INFO: (415) 989-7437 or www.piermarket.com
Every Christmas me and the missus head to Pier 39 before the crowds arrive to get grilled salmon sandwiches with cream cheese and capers on bannock bread. We order at the window and sit on a bench outside. By noon, the Wharf is packed and we head back home.