Remember Founder Fridays? Well, we're upping the dollar signs for another iteration: Funder Fridays.
We inaugurated the tradition a few months back with one half of Homebrew, a two-man seed funding unit that's jumped all over some of our favorite slightly-misspelled-word startups, including TheSkimm, Shyp, and Nuzzel. Now we're back with the other half.
Satya Patel appears to have been straight killing it since time immemorial, bouncing from DoubleClick to Google to becoming VP Product at Twitter. Not a bad resume. Now he kicks back, invests in cool companies, and enjoys quality eats. Solid list, amigo. We're Lers Ros junkies as well.
So if you're feeling low on that sweet juicy seed capital (and who isn't?), hang around these spots. Maybe you'll catch Satya and be able to give him your best brunch-line pitch.
Satya's "Perfect For" Picks
Authentic Ethnic Eats
Lers Ros Thai(3189 16th St.)- "I can't say much for the decor, but for legit Thai food in SF (now 2 locations!) you can't beat Lers Ros. And definitely order something other than pad thai, because the food and flavors here are authentic but inventive. I'm a sucker for the stir-fried pork belly and for the quail with chili paste and peppercorns. If you like heat, you'll be sweating in no time."
Cotogna (490 Pacific Ave.) – "Cotogna somehow manages to feel warm, comfortable, sexy and upscale all at the same time. When you walk in, you're greeted by the glow and the aromas escaping from the cooking fires in the kitchen. You're immediately transported to some place far from the city. I almost always order a wood-fired pizza, the raviolo and whatever meat is spit-roasting. Equally perfect spot for a date or an ordinary evening out."
Brenda's French Soul Food (652 Polk St.) – "The only negative about Brenda's is that it doesn't take reservations and the wait can often be nearly two hours. But you will not be disappointed if you're willing to grab a cup of joe and join the others in line craving the most delicious crawfish beignets and shrimp and grits this side of New Orleans. They serve lunch and dinner too (serious fried chicken!) but for me, nothing nurses a hangover like a brunch at Brenda's."
Late Night Eats
Naan & Curry (336 O'Farrell St.) – "My Indian roots give me a pretty discerning palate when it comes to Indian food, and while I've never eaten there before midnight, I'm almost certain that Naan & Curry is Indian food the way it was meant to be...hot, loud, messy and incredibly satisfying. Show up anytime before 2am, order at the counter and then take a seat to witness a motley crew of Bollywood dancers, passed out clubbers and groggy young professionals with a serious case of the munchies. Amidst the chaos, your food will arrive and everything else will get blocked out as you dive into your plate of spicy, buttery chicken tikka masala."
Damn Good Steaks
Bobo's (1450 Lombard St.) – "The official name is Boboquivari's, but for those of us in the know we call it Bobo's and we order the bone-in filet (medium rare, of course!). Located above a seedy motel and decorated like somebody's Mardi Gras nightmare come to life, Bobo's isn't much to look at. But you go there for the steak. There are fancier and much more expensive spots to get good steak, especially if you want A5 or something special, but nothing satisfies that meat craving like a 4-6 week dry aged, perfectly seared steak at Bobo's."