Views with perspective and great sandwiches 

Faves and raves by Robert Strouf (Click on the picture to see Robert's faves)

PERSONAL STATS

Age:
40

Years in The City: 16

Neighborhood:
Potrero Hill

Occupation: Self-employed number cruncher

Self Description: Proud father of two four-legged fur babies, a self proclaimed “foodie,” plays the flute in the San Francisco Freedom band, and loves shiny objects

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET A CUPCAKE

Kara’s Cupcakes

WHERE:
3249 Scott St., at Chestnut Street

WHAT: Delectable goodies made from local ingredients

INFO: (415) 563-2253 or www.karascupcakes.com

Kara’s makes the best cupcakes in The City, and I’ve tried them all. Get the “Sweet Vanilla” — it is a vanilla cupcake with sweet Madagascar bourbon vanilla frosting. One bite and you will be hooked.

FAVORITE VIEW OF THE CITY

Crissy Field

WHERE:
Mason Street, at Lyon Street

WHAT: Golden Gate National Recreation Area

INFO: www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/crissy-field.html

Most people think the best views in The City are up high, but the views from Crissy Field really give you perspective. Look up at the Golden Gate Bridge, then turn around and gaze at the enormity of The City. This is also a great place to bring dogs.

FAVORITE PIZZA PLACE

Escape From New York Pizza

WHERE:
508 Castro St., at 18th Street

WHAT: A taste of N.Y. in S.F.

INFO: (415) 252-1515 or www.escapefromnewyorkpizza.com

The best place to get New York-style, super-thin-crust pizza. Normally I’m a pepperoni kind of guy, but their pesto pizza is wonderful, so I get the best of both by ordering a half and half.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET JEWELRY MADE


The Bead Store

WHERE:
417 Castro St., at 17th Street

WHAT: Jewelry-making supplies, custom-made jewelry

INFO: (415) 861-7332

The people that work here are great — very friendly and helpful. I saw a pendant in the window attached to a gal’s necklace. They sold me the pendant and made a very cool and masculine leather necklace that looked great, all for under $50.

FAVORITE ‘TREAT YOURSELF’ DINNER

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

WHERE:
1601 Van Ness St., at California Street

WHAT: Fine dining in a warm atmosphere

INFO: (415) 673-0557 or www.ruthschris.com  

Being a country boy from Nebraska, I know steaks, and this is the best place to get one. It’s also got delicious food and exemplary service. My favorite dinner is a chocolate martini, Caesar salad and petite filet with shoestring potatoes. It can be pricey, but worth it.

FAVORITE DOG PARK

St. Mary’s Park

WHERE:
95 Justin Drive, in Bernal Heights

WHAT: A hidden jewel of a park

INFO: stmaryspark.blogspot.com

This is a specified dog park that is completely gated and landscaped with a water fountain. You can enjoy off-leash play with your dog or just sit on the benches and watch them romp around. My dogs love to go here and socialize.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR BRUNCH

Stacks Restaurant

WHERE:
501 Hayes St., at Octavia Blvd.

WHAT: Comfortable all-American food

INFO: (415) 241-9011 or www.stacksrestaurant.com

Either I go here too much or the staff is just really friendly, because they always talk to me like they just saw me. I get the same thing every time: the Monte Cristo sandwich, topped off with berry jam. Heaven!

FAVORITE PLACE FOR A WALK

Stow Lake

WHERE:
50 Stow Lake Drive, in Golden Gate Park

WHAT: A beautiful place for taking a walk in The City

INFO: www.sanfranciscodays.com/golden-gate-middle#stow-lake

You can rent bikes or paddle boats to go around the lake, or simply just walk the trails. I’ve been there many times and notice something different each time.

FAVORITE SANDWICH SHOP

Yellow Submarine

WHERE:
503 Irving St., at Sixth Avenue

WHAT: Hole in the wall with great sandwiches

INFO:
(415) 681-5652

Their sandwiches are made to order on large rolls with fresh meats and cheeses, then toasted to perfection. They also make these amazing potato chip-style French fries. Great place to pick up a sandwich before heading to Golden Gate Park for a picnic.

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