Not Quite Mission, Not Quite Potrero
By: Mat Rick, Designed by Angela May Chen
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If there is one neighborhood in San Francisco that feels like it was built to fit my personality exactly, this is it. Sure, browse the trendy restaurants and shops on Valencia Street all you like, but take a hard turn to the east and walk a few blocks over to MishiPot. OK, well, I call it Mission-Potrero, but hey, MishiPot works if you’re into that whole brevity thing. This is the place where I can walk along quiet, tree-lined streets, enter the door of one of the many large warehouses and find an artist studio, climbing gym, café, or some of the best restaurants in the city. Even having lived here for four years now, there’s something new for me to uncover almost every day. These are just a handful of some of my favorite places and businesses in my hood.
OK, I’ll be honest and say that this was one of the main reasons I moved here. When I happened to find an apartment around the corner from the front door of my climbing gym, I didn’t really need to know what else was in the neighborhood. Mission Cliffs has a relaxed vibe, friendly climbers, and guess what? It’s going to be even bigger soon. Rocking (sorry I’m not sorry).
Before Blue Bottle moved into the Heath Ceramics space about 20 yards from my bed (I kid you not), this was my spot for caffeination. If I’m working from home and feel like wrangling a spot away from the “writers” and “entrepreneurs,” I’ll grab a drink and settle in for some serious “work.” Or, on a sunny day, coffee takes a backseat and I’ll opt for a beer or wine outside. Or many.
Yeah, I was pretty stoked when I found out the latest Bon Vivants’ project, Trick Dog, was opening up here. I haven’t been through the entire Pantone-colored drink list or ordered everything on the menu, but I haven’t drunk or eaten a thing I didn’t think was amazing. True story.
If you know Heath, you’ll know why I felt like I’d finally reached adulthood when I bought a full set of Heath dinnerware this year. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more beautifully designed space – the photographer in me dies when I see the light streaming through the windows, and the shopper in me wants everything in sight. Seriously, just take 15 minutes to walk through here and then buy me a present as a thank you. I can even pick it up.
I would hesitate to write about Universal Cafe so as not to let the secret out on my go-to brunch place in the city, but judging by how the line on the weekends has grown over the last four years, it’s too late. On the plus side, the dinner is just as good, and less crowded. Also, for the funemployed, it recently started serving brunch Wednesday through Friday. Have at it.
Mission Dispatch and NWBLK
As if all the great restaurants in this neighborhood weren’t enough, a higher power decided we also needed our own Food Truck park – Mission Dispatch. Great – reason #459 not to cook at home. Right next door, the NWBLK gallery has some of the prettiest everythings I’ve ever seen. From clothing I can’t afford to lamps I can’t afford to furniture I REALLY can’t afford, NEWBLK will pretty much be my one-stop shop to outfitting my dream house. It just might take a really long time.
My (and my dog’s) favorite local outdoor company, Alite makes awesome camping gear designed to help you have fun outdoors. Everyone here is just so damn nice too, it’s really hard for me not to stop in every time I pass by to shoot the shit, let the pup get extra scratches, and see what latest creations these geniuses have come up with.
Noise Pop and Bay-Bridged
I’m so happy these guys are in my neighborhood. Local music is where it’s at, and no one does it better in San Francisco than these two companies. There’s always a pup or two hanging out at the office, killer art and music posters on the walls, and you never know when they might be throwing an awesome music-themed happy hour right down the street at Blowfish Sushi.
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We have found a most unlikely place to spend an hour or two playing in the rain and learning about history at the same time: Fort Point. It is the perfect place to let little ones jump in puddles, play hide and seek and then rest on a bench.
Weekends in San Francisco are never the same. You can always look forward to something different. But at the end of the day, you leave with the same feeling. A feeling you can only find in the City. Don’t miss these events this weekend.
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