Random Tips: North Beach

ginger gelato
– You want to eat in North Beach, but you’re confused by the dizzying array of restaurants. Answer this simple question: glass grapes or pumpkin ravioli?
– Best happy hour- 901 Columbus (at Lombard), $1.50, 4-7. Good food too if beer is not enough.
– Best trivia: Melt, (Filbert & Columbus) 8pm Wednesdays with Matt (you know, fondue? and trivia? Fondivia?)
– Best karaoke: Bow Bow, Grant @ Broadway (OK, this is Chinatown technically…
– Best product of the Chinese/Italian neighborhood: Ginger gelato on Union & grant – pictured
* more info after the jump

* How to pick a restaurant?
This tends to be the big question for visitors to the hood. I tend to divide restaurants into two buckets: retro 50s Italian fare, big pastas, “no decaf, no reservations, no desserts” (from Sodinis), versus the more contemporary Italian restaurants like DeLucchi, Gondola, Ideale. At the rat pack places you will never see pumpkin ravioli. You will always see a dusty pair of glass grapes hanging from the ceiling, probably next to a framed photo of Sinatra when he blessed the establishment with his presence.

2 Comments so far

  1. Rodger Jacobs (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 1:01 am

    Capp’s Corner for Old World, family style Italian dining. Hands-down.

    The entire year I was living in North Beach, though, I never understood the appeal of Mo’s Burgers on Grant.

    North Beach Pizza: Incredible

    Best glass of Merlot: Caffe Zoetrope

    Best sandwiches: Giordano Brothers (though the ambience leaves a lot to be desired)

  2. Jeanie (unregistered) on January 27th, 2008 @ 6:25 am

    I lived at 25th and Juda in the sixties…I had a new Baby a new Husband and and newly preggy with my daughter..at that time there was a tv show called "Love on the Rooftop." I felt like that is what I had..I brought to the marriage a 1962 Austin Healey 3000. My dear sweet Hubby would go every day to Persidio where he was stationed. I was the typical lil housewife..My children now are 43 and 42. I am divorced Widow living on Social Security In a Senior Housing..What happened? You never know what is going to happen with your life. I had a good time, as I was a singer and an artist before I mete HIM. Now I get to do that again,The Blues mean a lot more to me in my presentation than it ever did as in my 20’s.Yes I still sing. My daughter manages a Night Club in Monterey ca. and I jam once in awhile with the house band…huh,Life is funny that way. Jeanie

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