If you are at all plugged into the world of venture capital and start-ups, then you're probably familiar with today's San Francisco Friday Fives guest, Hunter Walk. If not, we'll catch you up to speed. Hunter is one of the most influential VC guys out there. He's a music head, a hoops fan, and all around culturally savvy guy. After a long tenure at Google and YouTube, Hunter helped start the early stage seed fund, Homebrew, to offer a hands on approach to early stage companies building from the bottom up. He's fighting the good fight for the little guys, and we appreciate that.
Judging by his picks below, Hunter takes his EEEEEATS very seriously. Check out his Friday Fives below, and follow him on Twitter to keep up with the latest. Also, we read his blog regularly, as it offers some great insights into the start-up world and lifestyle. Assuming you're in San Francisco, you probably already know all about that. Read it anyway.
hunter's "perfect for" picks
“All four Samovar locations provide excellent people watching with their central locations and large glass windows, but I'm especially partial to the one on Sanchez St. Warm days will produce a steady flow of people going between the Castro and Dolores Park leading to a mix of clothing and costumes optional. Bring a copy of the Sunday New York Times and peer over the top if you're afraid of making eye contact. Oh yeah, and Samovar has wonderful selection of teas (plus some bites).”
“A small room with a small menu but both the space and the food perfectly thoughtful and undeniably San Francisco with locally sourced ingredients. Chef/owner Melissa Perello created a place that's special to me and was the first place we ate after the birth of our daughter (well, not the first meal but the first meal out!).”
“Straight out the back door to the heated patio where our toddler and her friends can run, scream and eat quesadillas without bothering the rest of the neighborhood. Healthy and fresh Mexican means less lard than some of the Mission joints. Sunday night ritual so if you see us there, please say hello.”
“To me "big groups" screams lazy susan and lazy susan means dim sum. On weekends there can be a bit of a wait for your group of 8 but once you're seated, the carts come fast and furious. My #1 rule: don't mix savory and sweet, so before succumbing to the amazing egg custards and sesame balls, you need to make sure no one wants one last plate of dumplings. I've banished folks from our table for violations.”
“It lives up to the hype. Really, that's all you can say. Go and marvel at the intricate creations. Come ready to fill the table with small plates. Lick off your fingers - or even the fingers of your fellow diners. It's that type of place. Pro-tip: reservations are notoriously difficult to get but there are tables for eight you can reserve prix fixe style. Do it.”