Get Your Ass to Bayview
By: Isla Murray
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I first started hanging out in Bayview a couple years ago to visit a friend’s art studio. It took me a while to venture past the couple blocks I knew, but when I did, I was hooked on the area. The neighborhood is filled with friendly locals who always seem down for a chat, and I really like that people pay attention to their community. Many businesses actively do things to help their neighbors, and there are many youth and environmental focused endeavors here.
I brought my camera along on a recent Bayview trip to snap some photos of my favorite spots.
Let me know what I missed, I'd love to hear your favorites!
Editor's note: Do you live in Bayview? The Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation is currently running a project celebrating stories from residents of the neighborhood. Add your piece to the mix (and check out what other people have shared so far) here.
Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe is a nonprofit 1940s-themed youth-run supper club. It provides a space for at-risk and previously incarcerated young people to learn job and life skills. The kids are spectacular. They work as chefs, servers, and entertainers. The food is delicious and the energy is awesome – you have to check this place out.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard ofFlora Grubb Gardens. It's the hippest garden center in the Bay Area, selling everything nature-related from terrariums to heated outdoor furniture. I want to live here ... forever.
Sam Jordan's Bar
This bar and barbecue spot was founded by Sam Jordan, former prizefighter and the first African American candidate for mayor of San Francisco. It has the friendliest bartenders, an awesome happy hour, and a classic jukebox.
The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park is an environmental justice education center. It’s also San Francisco's first 100% “off-grid” building. Anyone’s welcome to pop in and learn about its solar power and alternative wastewater technologies.
Radio Africa and Kitchen
Radio Africa & Kitchen was born from one of the city’s first pop-ups. Chef Eskender Aseged whips up a blend of Mediterranean and North African cuisine using California meat and produce. The menu changes weekly, and you can expect lots of delicious seafood!
You’ve probably seen Speakeasy’s delicious beer all over the city – this is the mother ship! You can grab a beer straight from the source in the newly renovated taproom that will transport you back to the ’20s.
G. Mazzei & Sons' Hardware
A family-owned business since 1936, these guys are super friendly and down to help you out! Don’t forget to check out their epic window displays filled with vintage hardware bits and old family artifacts. Fun Fact: They still use their original scale from the ’30s!
Auntie April's Chicken and Waffles Soul Food
April Spears learned to cook in her grandparents’ kitchen. She opened Auntie April's last summer as a place for the community to come relax and enjoy home-style comfort food. Expect delicious crunchy fried chicken, fish and prawns, and yams and waffles. You're guaranteed to walk out feeling satisfied.
All Good Pizza
All Good Pizza was born out of longtime Bayview residents Kristin Houk and Matt Trahan’s desire to bring healthy and affordable food to their neighborhood. They took a vacant lot, cleared out 14,000 pounds of trash, and created a welcoming, succulent-filled oasis for the community to gather around. Their Neapolitan-style pizza is made in a brick oven out of a little white trailer and served with a smile.
Back when I was teaching, this was my go-to spot when I needed a little inspiration (and a lot of supplies). SCRAP (Scroungers Center For Reusable Art Parts), was founded 36 years ago by Anne Marie Theilen to provide much needed art resources for teachers. You never know what you're gonna get here – last time I walked away with a hide of leather, a jar full of buttons, and some slides from the ’70s.
Public Glass is San Francisco’s only nonprofit glass art studio and school. It offers classes from beginner to master levels in all disciplines. Students can learn fusing, slumping, lampworking, glassblowing, and glass sculpting!
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