Tag Archive 'faema'

Trip Report: Kan Zaman

Posted by TheShot on 03 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This Middle Eastern bar/café/lounge packs in the tourists and the locals — particularly for weekend bellydancing. (Which is why I tend to avoid it at all costs during those hours.) It has a dark interior, floor seating at pillows and low tables, plus a limited supply of traditional table seating (depending on when you arrive). […]

Trip Report: Mamá Art Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Opening in May 2004, this is something of an unusual find for the Lower Mission/Excelsior area. (A rule of thumb for the San Francisco “local” test should be to identify where you can find the Excelsior.) This café is a calm and relaxing environment with quiet patrons. There are collages of photographs on the walls, […]

Trip Report: Martha & Bros. @ Excelsior

Posted by TheShot on 29 May 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This location of the Martha & Brothers chain opened in late 2005. It has the usual Martha & Bros. Latin feel — down to many of the Spanish-speaking patrons from the Outer Mission. It also feels new and clean inside, with wide windows in front and copper wrapped around the coffee bar. They have several […]

Trip Report: A 16

Posted by TheShot on 08 May 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

This Campania cuisine-themed Italian restaurant may be named after a freeway (the A 16 autostrada), but it’s more of a trendy hipster spot than you’ll find in most of Napoli — or at least among places that aren’t blaring Eurodance music. Inside they have cork floors and walls in the wine bar in front, a […]

Trip Report: Il Massimo Lounge

Posted by TheShot on 25 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is the newer outlet (opened June 2004) of the greater sister café next to the Italian Cultural Institute. Inside it has a bright, modern interior decorated with colored glass and several indoor tables — plus some modern sofa and chairs set up in the back. The attaction here, and the reason the owners opened […]

Trip Report: Martha & Brothers Coffee Company @ 1st St.

Posted by TheShot on 21 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This downtown location of the popular, Latino-owned S.F. chain was opened by popular demand. Located in a tight indoor mall corridor called “The Shops on 1st St.”, they serve the usual pastries and bagels along with coffee. True to their Latino roots, the music, staff, and environment has a heavy Latin American influence. And given […]

Trip Report: Cafe Madeleine @ O’Farrell St.

Posted by TheShot on 14 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

With bright, white walls and staff in white smocks, you might think you stepped up to the cosmetics counter at the nearby Macy’s. But this is true of all the Cafe Madeleine bakery-cafés in the area. Inside they have just a few counter stools along the windows. But when the weather complies, the sidewalk café […]

Trip Report: Caffe Sport Deli

Posted by TheShot on 12 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is a sister deli to the Caffe Sport restaurant in North Beach. It is inconveniently located across the massive U.S. Post Office (the Embarcadero Postal Center) in a strange part of town where Beale Street dead ends at the Bay Bridge. Harrison Street actually runs some 30 feet above this corner of town — […]

Trip Report: Peet’s Coffee & Tea @ Mission & 2nd Sts.

Posted by TheShot on 23 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This expansive Peet’s Coffee & Tea outlet has plenty of window counter seating for sipping your morning latte, reading the headlines, and listening to a tape loop of classical music “greatest hits” playing overhead. Additionally, there’s a good amount of public indoor seating in the connected atrium of the 101 Second St. building. They have […]

Trip Report: Café Que Tal

Posted by TheShot on 22 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Quiet, semi-private coffee house with many plants and stained tables indoors. Sky-blue ceiling adds to the tropical theme. Minimal outdoor seating (no tables). They occasionally offer a free chair massage. Café Que Tal formerly used Mr. Espresso beans, then switched to Vigal, and more recently they switched back again. They pull shots from a two-group […]

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