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Inner Sunset District

San Francisco, CA
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Inner Sunset District, San Francisco California

Description

It's nice to walk around the Inner Sunset District in the afternoon, when the sun is shining brightly on the colored storefronts and little bungalow and stucco houses. It has that classic happy San Francisco feel to it and lots of young people are around having coffees in the cafes. The ocean is nearby enough that you can almost smell it. You can definitely feel its proximity when the afternoon fades away into a thick layer of chilly fog. It's nice to watch the mist literally roll in. California may not have seasons, but it has changes of its own. The heady sunshine, the haunting fog.
There are a few really cool places to eat around here. One is Milano Pizzeria, at 1330 9th Avenue, where you can smell the heavy Italian spices as you walk in. This is real pizza with real sauce, with checkered tables and all. Yum! A lot of young people hang out and study here. Another great place to eat is Park Chow, at 1238 9th Avenue. The name is kind of weird- it's called that because it's close to the park, not because it has Korean food (that's what it sounds like to me!). The atmosphere is especially nice if you sit near the fireplace, where there is a wall full of logs ready to throw in the fire. The beamed ceilings and the friendly staff make it a winner. Our waiter gave us all kind of great tips on places to check out in San Francisco. The Eggplant Parmesan with Pesto Gnochi was incredibly yummy! The staff are friendly to kids and offer kid-sized portions of almost anything on the menu, as well as crayons to pass the time by.
For lunch, when you just need something quick to eat or take with you for a picnic, check out Peasant Pies at 1039 Irving Street. I love this place! It reminds me of meat pie bakeries in Australia! Americans haven't yet discovered the joys of savory pies, especially little handsized ones to have for lunch. They are so much yummier than a sandwich! Peasant Pies has some great flavors to try: Moroccan Lentil, Zucchini Mushroom and Cheese, Tofu Black Bean and Veggie, Basque Beef and Potato, Spinach and Feta. And then there are the handheld dessert pies: Chocolate, Vanilla Flan, Chocolate Cherry and Banana. The best pie is the Spinach pie, which even kids love- little kids even cry when they are out of this one! And the best dessert pie is the Rhubarb- delicious!
On the way here, if taking the N line, stop at Duboce Park or after visiting this district go all the way to Ocean Beach- it's wonderful. Also, Check out Golden Gate Park- it's steps away.

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Pies for two!
Pies for two!
How to choose?
How to choose?
A lady walks along 9th Ave, near Golden Gate Park.
A lady walks along 9th Ave, near Golden Gate Park.
Fashionable lunchgoers on 9th Ave.
Fashionable lunchgoers on 9th Ave.
Balloon-man decoration in front of Park Chow.
Balloon-man decoration in front of Park Chow.
 

Directions

To get here from Powell Station, take the N (Judah) line toward Ocean Beach. Get off at 9th Avenue and Irving. It's a really fun, pretty ride!
To ride the N line, you will need six quarters per person. It's the craziest thing but there is a complicated way to get change from the machines and then once you master it, you are amazed and bewildered by the paralyzing stupidity of the situation. You need quarters but the machine gives you $5 notes, and there is nowhere to get quarters. Without quarters, though, you cannot enter the N line. So, bring some quarters! The ticket lasts for two hours or two stopoffs, whichever comes first.

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Yvonne
10/01/2009 14:13
I LOVE INNER SUNSET!

Last Updated Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:40:40 GMT