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- Off the Grid - Fort MasonFort Mason, Marina Blv, San Francisco, CArecommended Off the Grid - Fort MasonIf you want to find some of the currently popular mobile food stands and up and coming food businesses in the Bay Area, look no further. This happens every Friday at Fort Mason in San Francisco and is ... read moreplanned to run until the end of the year. The vendors tend to rotate so keeping updated through their website or Twitter is recommended, especially if there's a particular one you'd like to try. In my opinion, Off the Grid is best experienced with a group. Each person can hit up a different vendor and everyone can share the grub and gripe/rave about it. Looking forward to the next one!Rhia R.
This location runs from around March to mid-November. Lots of people bring their dogs here, and some of the vendors even have treats for them.
- Precita Eyes Muralists2981 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110-4133recommended Precita Eyes MuralistsCheck out the dozens (and dozens) of colorful murals in the Mission District by taking a guided walking tour with Precita Eyes; tours last 1-2 hours and cost $10-15 (call in advance to reserve a ... read morespot). If you prefer a do-it-yourself experience, buy one of Precita's maps of the Mission District's 90 murals instead. (Any way you see them, the murals are amazing works of art!)
recommended PescaderoHead over the foothills to the small town and beach of Pescadero. Pescadero State Beach (read parking lot, toilets, and trash cans) is a wide, clean expanse of sand that's popular with locals--when I ... read morelived in Palo Alto, I'd go there at least a couple times a month. And don't miss the artichoke bread from Arcangeli Grocery Store--perfect for a picnic on the beach (and to take home too!).
- Cantor Arts Center Stanford University328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA, United Statesrecommended Cantor Arts Center Stanford UniversityLocated on Stanford University's gorgeous campus, the Cantor Arts Center is one of Northern California's best-kept secrets: for starters, it has the largest collection of Rodin bronzes outside of ... read moreParis; its permanent collection has works of art dating from the contemporary to the 1200s, from every continent in the world; fascinating temporary exhibits are mounted throughout the year; there are regular docent tours; and it's free!
- Dolores Park501 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended Dolores ParkDolores loves people, particularly the beautiful hipsters that frequent her home. She loves fine wine and cheese, bread and tapenade, and the feeling of a soft patchwork quilt resting gently upon her ... read morebreast. Happy children and classic films make her smile, and she welcomes both even on the coldest of nights. Dolores loves the light from the setting sun, illuminating her blades of grass with a vast calming glow. Most of all, Dolores loves me and I love her and we are happy together, for we are both hopeless romantics. But Dolores doesn't like it when your dog poops on her, so please stop it.Recommended for:Family TravelersKeane
Dolores Park is a must for anyone in SF. Pick up cheap drinks at the grocery store at 18th and Mission and head over. Another good tip is picking up Bi-Rite ice cream from the store (thereby avoiding the prices and lines of the ice cream shop). You can share the pint or eat it all yourself!
- Shoreline Lakeside Park3160 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View
- "Full House" House1709 Broderick St, San Francisco, California
- The Corner Store5 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, Californiarecommended The Corner StoreThe hot new spot in town. Great ambiance, with a big open kitchen and outdoor seating, plus a delicious menu and tantalizing drink menu. Everything I tried was amazing, and the place was packed with ... read moresuper fun people. Open late too...
recommended Silicon Valley and the PeninsulaIf you like tech, then you must drive around in the Silicon Valley. You will see many iconic tech giant HQ like Google, Apple, Yahoo, and numerous other. Some of those can bee see in the freeway.Recommended for:Local Culture
- Baker BeachBowley Street, San Francisco, CA 94129recommended Baker BeachFamous for its nudity (which isn't really the whole beach), this is the "town" beach for SF, and while it won't change your life it *is* lovely. A great place to chill out with a beer and people-watch ... read moreor have a dip on a hot day, though beware of rips. For a bit of adventure, climb around on the rocks heading towards the Golden Gate.Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsMatthew Crompton
Free, and excellent.
- El Rio3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110recommended El RioThe Mission's original hipster dive bar, El Rio pretty much has it all. There's a good selection of craft brews on top, barkeeps pouring heavy-handed drinks, and frequent live music (varies widely) ... read morewith a reasonable cover. Best of all, they've got one of the best patios in the area, where you can actually smoke -- a rarity for SF. Some weekends you'll get people dancing.Matthew Crompton
Great dive bar in the Mission!
- Golden Gate ParkStanyan & Haight Streets, San Francisco, CA 94117recommended Golden Gate ParkSF's premiere green space and one of the world's largest urban parks, Golden Gate Park is, quite simply, one of the greatest features of an already amazing city. Entering the park from the grunge of ... read moreHaight-Ashbury, and visiting the Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, and the de Young Museum before stopping off for dinner in the 9th & Irving neighborhood, is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday in the city of San Francisco. The park is not all sweetness and light, however: some areas can be a little sketchy, and the city's epidemic homelessness is on full display here.Matthew Crompton
One of the world's greatest urban parks! Free!
- El Farolito2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110recommended El FarolitoWith a number of outlets in the Bay Area, this simple Mexican eatery is exactly what a taqueria should be - cheap and tasty, with huge portions. The grilled chicken torta with fresh avacado is ... read moreinsanely tasty, and a trip to the Mission is almost incomplete without a visit here.Matthew Crompton
Cheap Mexican! Amazing!
- Pakwan3182 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103recommended PakwanAs divey as restaurants come, this longtime Mission favorite is the perfect place to come for authentic Pakistani curries. It's far from fine dining, and you'll have to buy your beer across the street ... read moreand carry it in (no liquor license), but the crowds at dinnertime testify to the unpretentious awesomeness of Pakwan's food. It can be a bit of a free-for all, so if you're coming with a group, arrive early and stake out a table!Matthew Crompton
Cheap! Delicious! Divey!
- Little Lucca III1809 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA 94010recommended Little Lucca IIIFirst time visiting the "other" Lucca shop and was not disappointed! The sandwiches are still amazing. Get Dutch Crunch! Garlic/Pesto Spread! I think just those two ingredients can make its own ... read moresandwich. If unless you want over 1,000 calories for one meal, split with someone, you'll still be full. I'm giving this place the 5 for more interior space (for waiting), better parking accessibility. But I would technically give 4.5 for the only con is that this place is CASH ONLY!Recommended for:FoodiesKelly G.
Ginormous sandwich for good price. The sandwich literally can last me 2 meals.
- Raman's Coffee & Chai101 Main St # A, Half Moon Bay, CArecommended Raman's Coffee & ChaiMade it a point to stop by Raman's for Chai lattes this trip home. Been on a Chai trip and Hawaii just doesn't cut it when it comes to their spice mix. This time around, the drink was everything I ... read moreremembered it to be and more.Recommended for:Kelly G.
Maybe not cheap, but delicious nonetheless
- Mediterranean Wraps433 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306recommended Mediterranean WrapsWhen you first walk in you are greeted by the staff and a falafel while you choose your food! Hot and fresh from the kitchen, makes you want to order a whole plate of falafel right then and there. The ... read morerestaurant offers such a home-made feel with their food, decor and friendly staff. Too bad they are on the high side for my budget or else I'd eat here ALL THE TIME. Given the prices, they give decent to large portions. Even the boyfriend couldn't finish his plate! First time we were here we got the Kufta Kabab Wrap and something else, but it doesn't matter. Everything here tastes DELICIOUS. Additionally, the manager was there when we were dining and could tell we were first timers. He graciously offers us each a taste of their tea (something mint flavored I believe). Again, delicious. Second time Sharwerma chicken plate and the Combination plate. The baba ghanoush (its like an eggplant dip, consistency of the hummus) was DELICIOUS. If i could, I'd eat that for forever. Warm pitas, yum falafels, yum bab ghanoush, friendly manager YUM YUM YUM EAT EAT EAT.Kelly G.
Again, not quite cheap, but generous portions for the price. Outdoor seating for the doggie.
- Mi Pueblo Food Center1731 East Bayshore, East Palo Alto, CA, United Statesrecommended Mi Pueblo Food CenterFor the Asians: think Marina Food or 99 Ranch but Mexican...plus cleaner facilities. Upon stepping into the store, I couldn't take everything in. I felt like I had stepped into Mexico. The hot deli ... read morecounter to the left, with fresh produce, to the meat section to the seafood section in the back and packaged foods all in the middle. I heard about the marinated meats (the prepared chicken was perfect for BBQ-ing). When I saw the deli though, I felt compelled to try the tacos and boy did I LOVE it. We got a sampler set of 3 tacos: a pork, a beef, and a beef tongue? Each came with a different salsa, lime and radish. DELICIOUS. Perfect snack for before shopping. Can't wait to try their other stuff. I also loved their salsa deli bar. 4-5 different salsa, creams, yogurts, delightful. I also saw their oyster sets! How awesome!Recommended for:Kelly G.
Cheap Mexican food for pretty good quality. Its a grocery store so dogs probably aren't allowed inside :(
- Hobee's Restaurant21267 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014recommended Hobee's RestaurantA Cupertino staple, Hobee's has been the place to get breakfast for years. Their famous blueberry crumble coffee cake is delicious. Everything on the menu is pretty good. Service can get a bit spotty ... read moreduring the holidays when all the kids come home to visit.Kelly G.
Not sure if all the Hobee's allow dogs, but this one does. Not much to see/do around Cupertino other than taking a look at Apple HQ so I would try to check other Hobee's out. Also, not quite cheap but reasonable.