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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Hit up Barrio in North Beach for a few beers and some tacos with a friend or impromptu date.
A solid North Beach brunch option, which, get this: actually takes reservations. Don’t sleep on Park Tavern.
Comstock Saloon is an old-school spot in North Beach serving great food and cocktails. Get the brussels sprouts.
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On average, the best bread bakery in the country can be found at Tartine Bakery in the Mission.
House Of Prime Rib
House of Prime Rib in Nob Hill is where you should go celebrate with a lot of meat and large bottles of wine.
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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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