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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Head to Maggie McGarry’s in North Beach on a Saturday night for cheap drinks and great live music.
Il Casaro Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar
You must get the burrata when you eat at (or order from) Il Casaro in North Beach.
Ristorante Parma is an Italian restaurant in the Marina serving classics in a casual atmosphere.
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The Siren Canteen
The Siren Canteen in Bolinas is still fighting for cheese fries amid San Francisco’s health craze, and we are into it.
The plates at Al's Place in the Mission look like art, and taste pretty great too. "Best New Restaurant in the US 2015" ain't a bad calling card either.
Head to Nightbird in Hayes Valley for a tasting menu that’s actually worth the price of admission.
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Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach has nearly every style of pizza you can ask for all under one roof.
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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