I made this for Rebecca (etrangere) but it’s a good list for San Francisco or Santa Cruz eateries if you’re curious.

Where to Eat SF

I’m going to preface all the below but saying I live in a really remote area of SF, like the farthest from downtown you can get so my preferences might be too far out there/biased. I don’t have a lot of familiarity with downtown places so I might not be the person to go to for that.

Another quick note, if you get the chance, I’d recommend going to visit Mt. Tamalpais in Marin, across the golden gate bridge, some of the best hiking and also views in the bay area. I’d also say if you go there to go to either Sol Food or Avatar’s which are maybe my favorite places to eat ever. Sol Food is Puerto Rican and Avatar’s is basically an Indian/Mexican blend place, where they have burritos/enchiladas with Indian food, so amazing.

Literally anywhere in the mission (you’re right that is a neighborhood), the mission has really good/cheap Mexican nearly everywhere, I’d Yelp what was nearby and go with that for something quick, easy, and cheap

Goat Hill Pizza, there are a few locations of this around the city, it’s sourdough pizza and a whole pizza costs around $25 but its cheap for a slice or two

If you’re around the Haight, I’d also recommend Escape From New York Pizza, it’s on the end of Haight

If you go to the inner sunset, like around Judah and 19th, there is a ton of very cheap, generally really good Pho places (Pho is basically Vietnamese soup, so good), this is also right near Golden Gate Park so it’s easy to find something to eat in this area if you’re around

Submarine Center in West Portal, one of my favorite delis in the city, it gets pretty busy around lunchtime but it’s usually fairly quick, I’d recommend the Submarine Sandwich or the Meatball Sandwich.

Kingdom of Dumpling, on Taraval best dumpling place in the city, it’s really really packed around 6-7 during the weekend and Friday but if you go on off hours its more than worth it, it’s super cheap too, for two people I usually never spend more than $20

Dinosaur, amazing Vietnamese sandwiches, there are a few locations in the city


Giorgio’s Pizzeria in the Richmond, this place is so damn good, once again busy, but worth the wait


Burma Superstar or her sister restaurant B Star Bar, B Star Bar takes reservations so I would recommend there over Burma Superstar, this place is AMAZING, not the most expensive but definitely up there and more than worth it, I personally love the Jook and the tea leaf salad but you really can’t go wrong ordering there, also they have pitchers of Mango Mojitos which are amazing


I am not super into paying for breakfast (haha) but my friend is really into brunch and he gave me some recommendations. For all of these, brunch is basically like a competitive sport in SF so it can get really crazy after 10 AM so I would say go earlier then that if possible to all the below.

St. Francis Fountain (on 24th)

Wise Sons (Jewish deli also on 24th)

Boogaloos (Valencia)


Kitchen Story

Also duh make them go to Outerlands

Where to Eat Santa Cruz


Pleasure Pizza, best pizza in SC

Los Pinos, my favorite Mexican place in SC

The Bagelry, the name says it all

Betty’s Burgers, can get crowded, just generally standard good American fare

Taqueria Los Pericos, another really good Mexican place

The Red Room, the downstairs one, NOT the upstairs, good dive bar

The Poet and the Patriot, another good dive bar, they only serve beer

Charlie Hong Kong, good cheap Asian fusion sort of stuff


The Crow’s Nest, generally good American/seafood, good beer and sometimes they have live music, great view, right on the cliffs

The Crepe Place, good for lunch/breakfast, they also sometimes have live music

The Buttery, another good breakfast place, also with some live music, really really good pastries

Surfrider Café, good burgers and sandwiches, also they have spicy fried pickles

Saturn Café, this is a vegetarian restaurant, some of their stuff is fairly cheap though, I’d whole-heartedly recommend the mac n’ cheese, it’s near perfect and they also have excellent salads

Café Brazil, this place gets CRAZY crowded but it’s worth it, amazing Brazilian brunch

Naka Sushi, good sushi bar, nothing special but good food


515 Kitchen and Cocktails, this place makes amazing (albeit somewhat expensive) drinks and some decent appetizers

Rosie McGann’s, good Irish food

I thought I wasn’t motivated before but with my vacation looming and me leaving my job in two weeks I have no fucks left to give.

My only motivation is not fucking over my coworkers who I like and I still have not done jack-shit today. 

betsbets replied to your post “So four years ago while I was at college my dad had an amnesia…”

I had an externship at a hospital this summer and a woman came in with the same thing. Just really random attacks (this was 3rd) this most recent happened after she walked her dog. I don’t have any advice or anything. Just so you know it happens.

This is reassuring, it’s still scary whenever anything brain-related like that happens. Good to hear my dad isn’t the only one though.

So four years ago while I was at college my dad had an amnesia episode, specifically he had transient global amnesia (info here if you’re curious), which while generally harmless is terrifying because my dad is slightly older and it’s scary to hear someone not able to remember anything.

Generally someone having this is a one-time thing and my whole family though it would be that way. Yesterday he had another episode and as I was talking to his fucking GF about it she told me had had another episode 6 months ago that NEITHER of them had bothered to tell me about. I had a panic attack last night for the first time in a very long time and it was shitty and it sucked but I am so lucky D was there because it would’ve lasted an hour as opposed to 10 minutes.

Frankly, considering I got a job on Monday of this week and then this shit went down a panic attack was overdue. It super sucked but I am so glad D was there because it would’ve been a lot worse.

I am SO ready for a joint and a large drink.

If you had told me three months ago that I was going to get a job that paid almost twice as much and I wouldn’t have to live in SF anymore I would not believe you.

In retrospect the last 7 months/3 years have been incredibility difficult. From January-May of this year I think I was pretty thoroughly depressed. 

The last three years in summary:

-Graduated from college

-Lived in NYC for two months in one of the hottest summer with no AC and bedbugs

-My parents divorced after 30 years together because of another woman my dad was seeing who my dad is currently dating/living with

-Watched my mom go through severe depression/anxiety to the point where she lost 20 pounds and she didn’t sleep for almost a full 5 days

-My brother left for college in LA

-My dad continues to battle with severe chronic depression

-Moved in with Daniel after 2 years together

-Lived in a studio (still living there) with no freezer/a mini-fridge

-My dog we’d had since I was 11 died

-We sold the house I’d lived in my whole life

-My brother dropped out of college

It’s crazy to write this all out, I’m leaving out a shit-ton as well but I am so fucking proud of myself for not going crazy and becoming a hermit in the midst of what I have finally realized is some pretty intense stuff to deal with. Both of my parents are in a really good place right now and my brother is getting there as well.

I’m going from living on $32K a year to $50K and I can move out of SF which will severely lower my rent costs/I’ll have a yard and can get a pet and I WILL HAVE A FULL FRIDGE (the excitement I feel for this is so sadly enormous)

How are you all??? What did I miss in the last three months?

How it’s going tumblr? I am (sort of) back. I still probably won’t be posting much or checking too much still, it’s not a good thing for my brain or my energy level but I miss this community.
A few of you all have messaged me and I will respond I promise, if you all want to hear from more regularly I have a FB and you’re welcome to add me.
Basically this serves to function as a confirmation, that yes I am alive and yes I am still too stressed/overworked to post here regularly.

How it’s going tumblr? I am (sort of) back. I still probably won’t be posting much or checking too much still, it’s not a good thing for my brain or my energy level but I miss this community.

A few of you all have messaged me and I will respond I promise, if you all want to hear from more regularly I have a FB and you’re welcome to add me.

Basically this serves to function as a confirmation, that yes I am alive and yes I am still too stressed/overworked to post here regularly.

I don’t post on here much anymore because I don’t feel like I have anything left to post that is true or original or anything but complaining.

I am stuck in my apartment and I am stuck in my job and until there’s some movement in my life one way or the other what is there to post other than angsty overwrought complaints?

I wish I knew most of you in real life so that neglecting this portal into the internet felt less like neglecting a part of my social life and more like ignoring input I don’t necessarily need.

If any of ever want to keep up, you can message me and I’ll give you my facebook/email/etc. 


This week brought the news that Zappos, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon, is going to occupy the unemployed for months with (mostly futile) attempts to become virtual “friends” with the online shoe retailer. As the Wall Street Journal reports:

Zappos, based in Las Vegas, plans to hire at least 450 people this year, but candidates won’t find out about those jobs on LinkedIn.com, Monster.com or the company website. Instead, they will have to join a social network, called Zappos Insiders, where they will network with current employees and demonstrate their passion for the company—in some cases publicly—in hopes that recruiters will tap them when jobs come open.

A naïve reader might imagine that the traditional hiring process, where a company posts its openings and job seekers submit their cover letters and resumes, did plenty to serve the interests of our nation’s job creators. But Zappos’s “head of talent acquisition,” Michiael Bailen, told the Journal that traditional hiring “is too ‘transactional.’” Instead of reading about the qualifications of potential hires, “Recruiters instead will spend time pursuing candidates in the Insiders group with digital Q&As or contests, events that they will use to help gauge prospective hires’ cultural fit.”

Zappos has apparently decided it is no longer good enough to be a qualified hire who is interested in the job. An interested applicant must also spend unremunerated time pretending to engage in virtual social relationships with existing employees. The American economy has become so warped that it now appears reasonable to a subsidiary of a leading public company to require people who may never be hired to spent large amounts of time pretending to be friends with people with whom they may never work.

This represents the convergence of at least three disturbing trends in the current American economy: the long-term unemployment of large numbers of people and the consequent power given to any company which is hiring; the technology industry’s revival of old prejudices under catchy new names; and the way that technology increasingly erodes any sense that our work selves are merely a component of our lives, rather than the entirety of our existence.


Zappos… this is a serious misstep. Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh.

(via khealywu)