You might think that pizza and beer or pizza and wine makes for a better combination than pizza and cocktails — but one visit to Beretta will have you changing your mind. This Mission District eatery serves up fantastic thin crust pizzas that range from simple margherita to a pie topped with potato, rosemary, radicchio, and gorgonzola, alongside excellent risotto, a daily special, and a solid selection of antipasti. The cocktails are also standouts, expertly mixed and ideally balanced, but should you decide to skip the hard stuff, there's a reasonable selection of wines and beers on offer, too.
Take your concept of a normal store and throw it out the window, because none of them apply to LN-CC — aka the Late Night Chameleon Cafe. This Dalston shop is split up into individual rooms that feel straight out of a movie set, with a library, record store, event space, shoe/leather goods room, outerwear room, and private in-store bar included in the list of various nooks and crannies. The products are just as interesting as the store itself, with items from Comme des Garcons, Dita, Lanvin, Rick Owens, and Yohji Yamamoto among the offerings. Just don't expect to show up and start shopping — the store operates on an appointment-only basis.
Like it water brethren that announces its arrival with a telltale fin, the Food Shark typically isn't that hard to find. Part of that's due to its usual spot — under the pavilion between the railroad tracks and Marfa Book Co. — part of it's the silver hammered aluminum exterior of its 1974 Ford Brothers bread delivery truck, and part of that's due to the lines that inevitably form wherever it opens up shop. Serving up a constantly changing menu of Med-Tex (that's Mediterranean-Texan, a term we totally just made up) cuisine — be sure to try the Marfalafels — with flair, it's as much of a must-see as nearby El Cosmico.
You're not going to hosting any grand parties there — the entire place is a total of 48 square meters — but if you're looking for interesting, intimate accommodations for you and your traveling partner, the Hotel de Windketel should be on your list. Originally built as part of the Municipal Water Company complex, this smallest of the buildings has been converted into a three-story, two-person room with a kitchen on the ground floor, a living room on the second floor, and a bedroom/bathroom at the top beneath the wooden roof timbers.
It doesn't have a sign, it boasts exposed brick walls (hence the name), it's dimly lit, and you can't tell it's a bar from the street — because it's on the second floor. But despite these speakeasy qualities, Brick & Mortar is much closer to a friendly neighborhood bar than a hush-hush hall of mixology. It does serve damn tasty cocktails, but alongside a handful of beers on tap, Pacifico and Budweiser in bottles, and a selection of shots — and by shots, we mean "drink this whole thing in one gulp". Not exactly speakeasy fare, and neither is the above average food, which includes duck fries, waffle chips, and other tasty fried goods.
It's vaguely military inspired, so the name HDQTRS (pronounced "headquarters") makes some sense. But it sounds even better when you realize that the first half of the name is referring to an actual head — in this case, yours. One of just several cool retailers located near the intersection of 8th and G, this premium headwear shop offers unique caps from the likes of Benny Gold, Blue Marlin, Mint Creations, Official, Quintin, and more, as well as unique accessories that range from wallets and phone cases to shaving sets and jewelry. [Scouted by Garrick]
Most people prefer skiing or snowboarding when it comes to winter sports, but tubing and sledding still hold a special place in our snow day, big hill Midwestern hearts. Gorgoza Park lets you recapture this feeling no matter the season. Located just off I-80, this tubing-focused park offers seven lighted tubing lanes, including one for smaller tubers, three for beginners, and four advanced lanes. In addition, the park features a mini-snowmobiling track for kids, a dedicated kids area, and a cafe. And best of all, the park features lifts to the top of the hill — so you get all the nostalgia of tubing without the drudgery of dragging your tube back up.
Hidden in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is an ideal getaway for foodies and outdoorsman alike. For the former, the 9,200-acre Farm is home to one of the best restaurants in the country, The Barn by Executive Chef Joseph Lenn, and offers farm-fresh breakfasts and lunches in the Main House, two bars, culinary classes, tastings, and an actual farm. For the latter, it offers access to equestrian activities, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, and fly fishing. Meanwhile, everyone can take advantage of the elegant accommodations, which range from well-furnished Estate Rooms all the way up to private cottages and even a four-bedroom house. One thing is certain: no matter what your interests, you're sure to enjoy your stay.
We're not really sure why it's called the Raven Grill — there's no grill to speak of, and in fact, we don't think they even serve food — but thanks to a healthy dose of dive magic, the name fits anyway. Located in Mount Pleasant, the Raven boasts one of the best jukeboxes in the territory, colorful patrons, cheap drinks, friendly bartenders, appropriately graffiti'd restrooms, and an interior that doesn't appear to have been touched in the last decade or more. In other words, everything a dive bar should have.
Another taco joint? No. The Taco Taco Cafe. We're pretty sure putting taco in your name twice should count for something, but even if it doesn't, this Alta Vista eatery impresses with a solid variety of taco options, including chicharron, carnitas, shredded chicken, and the famous Nortendo, as well as a selection of breakfast tacos, breakfast plates, and traditional lunch plates like enchiladas, fajitas, and flautas. Notice anything missing? That would be dinner — because they don't serve it.
Tired of going to vintage shops only to be relegated to a small section in the back — or worse yet, just a single rack of mens goods swimming in a sea of womenswear? Swing by Joyride. This vintage store is dedicated to mens clothing from the Victorian period through the 1960's and later, with a large selection of shirts, suiting, and accessories. But like any good vintage shop, it doesn't stop with just clothes, filling out the gaps in its shelves with an interesting slate of collectibles, oddities, books, and other items that are sure to jazz up your home or office.
As the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, the CN Tower has provided fantastic views of Toronto, Lake Ontario, and beyond since its opening. But never like this. The CN Tower EdgeWalk lets those brave/crazy enough to try it walk around outside on the roof of the tower's restaurant — over 1,150 feet in the air. The entire experience lasts around an hour and a half with 20-30 minutes devoted to the walk itself, and months afterwards devoted to bragging about your accomplishment.