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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Il Casaro Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar
You must get the burrata when you eat at (or order from) Il Casaro in North Beach.
The Station SF
The Station SF is a coffee shop on the edge of the FiDi with a full food menu and strong WiFi.
Liguria Bakery in North Beach sells excellent focaccia until 2pm every day, Tuesday-Saturday.
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Head to Loving Cup in Russian Hill for rice pudding and frozen yogurt when ice cream just isn’t what you want.
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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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