With a stay at The Huntington Hotel, you'll be centrally located in San Francisco, steps from Grace Cathedral and minutes from Marines Memorial Theater. This 4-star hotel is close to Academy of Art University and Lombard Street.
Make yourself at home in one of the 140 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as direct-dial phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge) and a concierge desk.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include limo/town car service, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities.
It takes a long time to perfectly smoke a cut of meat. So when the eponymous Ron wanted to share his barbecue with the world, he decided to only open his shop on Wednesday and Friday and devote the rest of his time to skillfully managing the grill. But on those two days a week, clients within the shop’s delivery area can forget their other dinner plans and get their barbecue fix for the week by digging into Ron’s perfected slabs of ribs and hot links slathered in a hot or mild sauce.
His house specialties are his combos, which pair meat with sides such as potato salad, spaghetti (with four different types of sauce), four different kinds of greens, and bean dishes made with 20 types of beans. AskMen calls it "the biggest and best plate of soul food … you can imagine." All of these items are also available through his catering service, ensuring a finger-licking meal for family get-togethers or ample supplies for a Painting with Sauce class.
Sheba Piano Lounge : A User’s Guide
Ethiopian Cuisine | Live Music | Ethiopian-Inspired Cocktails | Imported Spices | Native Ethiopian Chef
In the lounge: meatballs topped in blue cheese
In the dining room: tibs wat—sauteed prime beef simmered in berbere sauce and Ethiopian butter
Cocktail: Red Sea—a bloody mary made with Ethiopian spices
Dessert: warm cheesecake brownie
The Vibe: The dividing wall inside Sheba Lounge looks like it came from a church, and for good reason—it’s a replica of the one in the Church of St. George, an Ethiopian Orthodox church carved out of rock in Lalibela. The rest of the space surrounds diners in warm, tropical tones.
Who’s Cooking: Owner and chef Netsanet Alemayehu started cooking in her native Harar, Ethiopia when she was just nine years old. Today, Ms. Alemayehu still relies on Ethiopian recipes and techniques. In fact, she has fresh spices, sauces, and other ingredients shipped in from relatives who still live in Harar.
When to Go: When the restaurant hosts live music, which begins at 8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The setlists range from Afro-Cuban jazz to classical violin.
Don’t look for a fork. Most patrons eat with their hands, in the traditional Ethiopian style.
Press and Praise
In 2009, San Francisco Chronicle profiled Netsanet Alemayehu's career and background.
SF Weekly's Tamara Palmer said, "[w]e expected good food, but what we didn't expect was the design of the space, which we think is among the most interesting on all of Fillmore Street."
Injera: a flatbread made with fermented batter that's central to many Ethiopian dishes. Traditionally, diners break off small pieces and use it to scoop up mouthfuls of food.
Berbere: the signature spice mixture in Ethiopian food; it combines about a dozen spices including clove, cinnamon, paprika, cumin, and red chilies.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse imported Japanese incenses and essential oils at Kohshi (1737 Post St).
After: Order a hard-to-find beer at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers (1195 Evans Ave)
If You Can’t Make It, Try This
The Ethiopian cuisine at Assab Eritrean Restaurant (2845 Geary Blvd)
The Buena Vista Cafe: A User’s Guide
Historic Irish Coffee | Aged Cream | All-Day Breakfast | Cable Car Access | Well Bar Spirits
Breakfast (served all day): dungeness crab omelet
Side: corn beef hash
Sandwich:fFrench dip with au jus
Drink: Irish coffee
A Sip of History: When it opened in 1916, Buena Vista was a saloon. It wouldn’t become a true cafe unti travel writer Stanton Delaplane drank some Irish coffee at Ireland’s Shannon Airport. He was hooked, and Mr. Delaplane worked with Buena Vista’s owners to start serving Irish coffee in 1952. According to the cafe’s owners, they were the first to serve the beverage in the United States, and their recipe hasn’t changed since—including cream that’s aged at least 48 hours.
The Ingredients: Chefs cook breakfast with cage-free eggs, and baristas source organic coffee from Peerless Coffee & Tea.
Behind the Bar: Eight well drinks, including Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.
While You’re Waiting
Look to the window: Cable cars travel right by the cafe
Look to the bar: In a stunning feat, bartenders might pour up to 10 Irish coffees at once
Don’t worry about parking—the Hyde Street Cable car will take you right to Irish coffee's doorstep.
The cafe is narrow and often crowded, so don’t be surprised if you don’t get much elbow room.
In 2008, bartenders here mixed a 12-gallon Irish coffee in an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Frommer’s notes that The Buena Vista Cafe has poured more Irish coffees than anywhere else in the world.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Pick up a pair of shoes, a scented candle, or a piece of unexpected home decor at Jackson & Polk (900 N Pointe, Ste E206).
After: View (and possibly buy) the paintings at Art Attack SF (2722A Hyde St).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This:
Fiddler's Green (1333 Columbus Ave), a nearby Irish pub.
Paragon Restaurant and Bar
Craft Beers | Specialty Cocktails | Eclectic-Industrial Decor | Casual Cuisine With a Twist
Cocktail: white-peach sazerac
Appetizer: rosemary-laced Paragon mac ‘n’ cheese
Salad: the little gem lettuce salad, with pomegranates and shallots
Entree: flat-iron steak with escarole, bacon, root vegetable hash, and Bordelaise
Dessert: chocolate mousse cake with salted caramel and chocolate salt
When to Visit: On hump day, if you like barbeque. Baby back ribs, chickens, and pulled pork star in BBQ Wednesday meals, along with sides such as ham hock collard greens, beer baked beans with bacon, and brown butter cornbread.
Where to Sit
If you're feeling nosy: pop a squat near a window and people-watch
If you're feeling social: have a seat at the long, communal table
If you're feeling outdoorsy: step through the roll-up garage door and take a seat on the patio, or sit next to the door to enjoy the breeze while inside.
If you're feeling shy: Book a private event in one of the cordoned-off dining rooms.
“The mac ‘n’ cheese’s crust is crunchy and salty, the sauce tangy and fragrant with rosemary. This small ramekin . . . is big on flavor and is rich enough that it's actually the perfect serving size.” — 7x7
“Paragon Restaurant serves bar food near San Francisco's AT&T Park, but don't expect to find it offering the standard soft pretzel with mustard. Instead, Paragon chef Spencer O'Meara serves a house-made soft rye-flour pretzel with caraway seeds with a Mt. Tam cheese and pale-ale dipping sauce. . . . [It’s] high-quality pub food.” — Wall Street Journal
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Work up an appetite by bowling at the lounge-style Lucky Strike (200 King Street), located a block down Townsend St.
After: Walk one block to catch a Giants game at AT&T Park. On home-game days, Paragon opens half an hour early.
The Brickhouse Cafe: A User’s Guide
Homemade Comfort Food | Signature Burgers | Wild Seafood | Local Beers | Weekend Brunch
Sample Dinner Menu
Appetizer: beer-battered onion rings
Entree: The Original Big Ass Burger, an 11-ounce patty
Drink: locally brewed Anchor California Lager
When to Go: The kitchen serves a limited menu before and after Giants games and is only a few minutes from AT&T Park. Parties of 13 or more can request to sit in the upstairs Hayloft space, which has a private bar and 35-inch flat-screen TV.
While You're Waiting: Look for servers wearing T-shirts commemorating Brickhouse's perfect score from the health department. The restaurant was so excited about its inspection that it replicated the scorecard on shirts.
Co-owner Fred Reeves is first mate on the Potential, which sails out of Bristol, Alaska, and catches much of the restaurant's wild sockeye and king salmon. Brickhouse also sources seafood from Yurok Native American fishers.
Fred's family farm in eastern Washington provides the wagyu beef.
Stop in for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brickhouse serves up hangover-friendly food, such as the pancake-battered bacon with 100% real maple syrup, plus $3 mimosas and $5 bloody marys.
If you don’t do meat: Try the veggie chili or order a housemade vegan burger, which you can request on a vegan, gluten-free bun instead of a whole-wheat one.
Special Events: In addition to holiday specials, Brickhouse puts on quirky events such as Anti-Valentine's Day, which included a gin tasting and a free glass of champagne for patrons who brought in a picture of their ex to shred. The restaurant also displays work from local artists on a rotating basis, including ink illustrations of the city by Jacinto Castillo.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
See a show: Indie musicians play inexpensive shows (most are less than $10) at The Hotel Utah Saloon (500 4th Street).
Celebrate a Giants' win: Or console a loss with a mini sweet pie at Peasant Pies (550-C Gene Friend Way).