There’s something about hanging out on a stoop that will always make us feel like we’re striking cool poses and have a direct neural link to the Beastie Boys. But the weather outside isn’t always ideal for stooping, and that’s when we head to The Showdown in North Beach. This bar has a big staircase in the main room that leads to nowhere and it’s perfect for hanging out on. But aside from that, this place makes solid bar food like their spicy pork schnitzel sandwich with pickled jalapenos or their fried hominy with jalapeno cheddar seasoning that’s perfect for snacking on, alongside a few beers in preparation for playing pool. Or sitting on those stairs while you hope that Licence to Ill comes on the speakers.
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Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood Restaurant
Sotto Mare is a classic Italian seafood spot in the middle of North Beach.
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Roam Artisan Burgers is where you should go in Cow Hollow when “I’m not really hungry” turns to “I could really use a burger.”
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Getting a burger at In-N-Out is one of the few reasons you’ll find us on this stretch of Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Golden Boy Pizza
Golden Boy Pizza in North Beach sells inexpensive, filling pizza slices worth waiting in line for.
Chubby Noodle’s North Beach location is a great place for a group dinner or bottomless dim sum brunch.
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