My City: Scooters, comics and dreamy drip coffee 

Faves and raves by Nick Leonard

Personal stats

AGE: 48

YEARS IN THE CITY: 18

NEIGHBORHOOD: Panhandle

OCCUPATION: Comedian, driver for the Friends of The Library

SELF-DESCRIPTION: A very quiet sort of guy, but if you get him mad, he’ll just go off somewhere and be even quieter


FAVORITE SCOOTER SHOP

First Kick Scooters
WHERE: 275 Eighth St., between Clementina and Tehama streets
WHAT: Knowledgeable and helpful staff, stock on hand, good service reputation
INFO: (415) 861-6100 or www.firstkick.com

Tough choice. There are some excellent shops that I love, but I have to pick First Kick for their knowledgeable and helpful staff, stock on hand, good service reputation, and having the time to help customers who aren’t necessarily spending a lot.
 
FAVORITE CAFE
On The Corner  
WHERE: 359 Divisadero St., between Page and Oak streets
WHAT: Community spot, great coffee and good music played not too loud
INFO: (415) 522-1101 or www.sfcorner.com

I love it ... however, it sometimes gets too crowded with those dang laptop lizards!

FAVORITE PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH  
The Castro
WHERE: Castro Street, between Market and 19th streets
WHAT: Great for people watching and running into friends unexpectedly

The new plaza on the southeast corner at Castro and Market is great for people watching and running into friends unexpectedly.

FAVORITE BOOKSTORE
Book Bay Fort Mason
WHERE: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 165
WHAT: Huge, cheap, serendipitous selection with oddball items
INFO: (415) 771-1076 or www.friendssfpl.org/?Book_Bay_Fort_Mason

Even before I started volunteering with them, I frequented the store. A bonus is that they have items regular bookstores wouldn’t bother with.
 
FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A DRAG SHOW
The Lookout
WHERE: 3600 16th St., at Market Street
WHAT: Fun and cutting-edge, great hosts
INFO: (415) 431-0306 or www.lookoutsf.com

“Mary Go Round” on Wednesdays got me hooked, and they have shows on other nights too. The diet Cokes are generous and fizzy, and the shows are actually well-run! Plus the door gal is a knockout!
 
FAVORITE THRIFT STORE
Thrift Town
WHERE: 2101 Mission St., between 17th and 18th streets
WHAT: Lots and lots of clothes sorted by size and at non-hipster prices
INFO: (415) 861-1132 or www.thrifttown.com

I know there are lots of cute smaller shops, but nothing is a substitute.

FAVORITE TOURISTY THING TO DO
Caffe Trieste
WHERE: 601 Vallejo St., between Grant and Columbus avenues
WHAT: A large drip coffee and an Italian pastry
INFO: (415) 392-6739 or www.caffetrieste.com
 
Mmm, soo good. Every time I go there, I wonder why I’m not there every single morning.
 
FAVORITE CHEAP EATS RESTAURANT

Marcello’s Pizza
WHERE: 420 Castro St., between 17th and Market streets
WHAT: Consistent, tasty, cheap, and convenient to the Castro Theatre
INFO: (415) 863-3900 or marcellospizzasf.com

Consistent, tasty, cheap and in perfect position for that quick bite before running across to the Castro Theatre.

FAVORITE COMIC BOOK STORE

Isotope Comics
WHERE: 326 Fell St., between Gough and Octavia streets
WHAT: Community feel, cool events and well-dressed staff
INFO: (415) 621-6543 or isotopecomics.com

There are now a lot of excellent indie comic shops in San Francisco that I love. But I’m picking Isotope.

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