Don't let the name fool you — there's very little "shady" going on inside the Shady Lady Saloon. Impeccably decorated for a classic look, this upscale spot offers up a great food menu of American classics, with a particular fondness for Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, fried chicken and greens, and shrimp po'boys. Also on offer are outstanding cocktails both classic and modern, made from fresh, high-quality ingredients and the occasional house-made mixer like ginger ale, tonic, and cola. There's also live music several nights a week, should you decide to stick around after dinner — and with drinks as good as these, that's a good possibility.
There are plenty of places to get a sandwich in Fitzroy, but you'll be hard-pressed to find one with more style than Tomboy. Powered by the duo behind Box Brownies, this unique café features a strong focus on sustainability, with an interior filled with repurposed items — including the vintage stereo built into the brick counter — and a menu filled with sandwiches, salads, and other baked goods made using seasonal produce from their own garden and other locally-sourced ingredients.
Chesapeake Bay is famous for its killer seafood — and there's few better places to try it than Faidley's Seafood. Founded in 1886, this Lexington Market standout offers an array of fresh seafood, including a raw bar with clams and oysters, as well as beer and wine. But what it's best known for is its award-winning, ball-like lump crab cakes, which are available both by themselves or on a tasty sandwich that goes great with one of the aforementioned beers.
Just because you want a donut doesn't mean you have to settle for the pile of pre-fried glazed rings you'll find at the nearest mini-mart. Dynamo Donut & Coffee offers a great alternative for Bay Area-citizens and visitors alike, serving up a menu of freshly-made treats that changes on a regular bases — but nearly always includes our favorite, the bacon-maple donut, as well as local Four Barrel Coffee. Order up your breakfast/sugary snack from the walk-up counter, go inside and admire the open kitchen, back patio, and garden, or, if you're not near the Mission, hit up the Marina location instead.
Eating good food means more than just eating tasty food — it means eating food that is fresh, nutritious, and, when possibly, locally and/or sustainably grown. The eats coming from Good Food are all of those, and they taste great, too. This fantastic food cart is open for lunch every weekday, and is known for its delicious soups, salads, and wraps, featuring ingredients like oven roasted chicken, baked tofu, fresh mixed greens, and various fruits and veggies. Feeling like a reward after fueling up? They serve fresh-baked cookies, too.
Don't let the slogan fool you — while the Bacon Bros. Public House certainly is "powered by bacon", there's plenty more on the menu than breakfast meat cured in-house. Consider: the excellent charcuterie, the smoked turkey gumbo, the chorizo on a roll, the wild shrimp and grits, and the trout BLT (okay, that one has bacon, but still). They also offer a solid selection of beers on tap, a full bar — including some rare bourbons — and a casual, friendly atmosphere that belies the quality of the food. [Scouted by Prem]
You would expect a place that sits atop the sea to serve up some super-fresh seafood. And in the case of The Rock, your expectations will most certainly be met. Perched atop a natural rock outcropping not far from the shores of Michanwi Pingwe beach, this unforgettable eatery serves up a short but satisfying menu that includes fish, prawns, squid, octopus, crab, and other seafaring creatures, along side fresh vegetables, rice, pasta, and even fried chips. Stop in for a leisurely lunch, or arrive later for spectacular sunset views.
It's nice to go out to fancy dinners every once in a while, but when all you want is some great barbecue, there's really no need. Take the Peg Leg Porker for example. Located in the Gulch district, this no-nonsense smokehouse serves up some of the best barbecue in town, with a short but simple menu of specialties like pulled pork, dry ribs, wet ribs, BBQ nachos, wings, smoked green beans, fries, BBQ beans, and mac and cheese. Enjoy your food inside or head out onto the patio to take in the great views of downtown.
There are plenty of photo-friendly cafes, whether they be meeting places for photographers, a makeshift art gallery, or just a picturesque spot. There aren't, however, too many cafes that actually look like cameras. Located next to the home of the family that owns it, the Dreamy Camera Cafe resembles a classic Rolleiflex camera, with large circular windows representing the twin lenses, and a variety of antique cameras and memorabilia on display. Add in some tasty coffee, tea, and sweet treats, and you've got an ideal spot to spend some time — preferably with camera in-tow.
French Canadians tend to be a fiercely nationalistic bunch, going to great lengths to recognize and honor their Gallic heritage. So you know that when a restaurant is allowed to break their language regulations, it must be something special. And special Schwartz's is. Founded by a Jewish immigrant in 1928, this landmark shop is widely known for its delicious smoked meats and sandwiches, as well as for the long lines that you'll frequently find outside — so planning to get there early is definitely recommended.
What do you get when three friends from Tijuana and California decide to open up a taco shop on the East Coast? Los Tacos No. 1, that's what. Located in Chelsea Market, this handsome stand offers up tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, and mulas filled/topped with steak, chicken, pork, or grilled cactus, along with chips and salsa, chips and guacamole, and a range of drinks that includes both aguas frescas and Mexican Coke. That's pretty much it, but when you're hungry and looking for some tasty, quick Mexican, that's really all you need.
Every once in a while we run across a restaurant that looks so spectacular that we'd recommend going there anyway, even if you don't get anything to eat. The Jane would be one of those, but fortunately, it offers top-notch dining as well. Housed in the former chapel of a military hospital, the space is dominated by The Lamp, a huge multi-bulb statue created by .PS Lab, and also features faux stained glass windows designed by Studio Job and an Upper Room Bar for cocktails. But the real attraction is the fantastic food from Sergio Herman and Nick Bril, the duo behind the three Michelin star Oud Sluis. So grab a reservation — and your camera — and go enjoy. [via]