Finding authentic Greek restaurants isn’t always easy. When you’re craving slow-cooked lamb or one of the many other dishes falling into the Greek category, you need to know where to go. Many family-owned restaurants in San Francisco serve authentic Greek cuisine. Here’s a quick look at some of the best options.
Found in the Sunset District, Orexi Restaurant provides a family-owned option with many items on the menu made from scratch. They bake pita bread daily, used locally-sourced honey and even make their own spreads and dips. You’ll find a number of traditional Greek dishes on the menu, along with plenty of excellent flatbreads. They even serve a few good Greek beers here.
A casual spot with plenty to offer, Kobani Mediterranean Grill is a great choice for Greek cuisine in the Marina District. They offer a popular happy house with discounts on beer and wine along with free hummus. The lamb and beef provide excellent choices with generous portions for lunch or dinner. They even provide a vegetarian option with a meat-free moussakas made with zucchini, eggplant, potato and tomato and béchamel sauce.
Known as a fine casual restaurant, Souvla was opened in 2014 and became a hit very quickly. They serve just wraps, salads, beer and wine. However, the wraps are not just any old wrap. They use fillings, such as free-range chicken, Superior Farms lamb and American Homestead pork with pickled red onion, garlic yogurt and orange. Since the opening of Souvla, the company as expanded by opening a new location in NoPA and another in Mission. They also serve Greek Yogurt with a few toppings for dessert.
Kokkari Estiatorio – Downtown
A downtown location with a huge fireplace, dark wood and incredible service, Kokkari Estiatori provides an old-school feel of luxury. It’s named for a small fishing village and served plenty of dishes with citrus-spiked seafood. They are also known for game dishes and everything is prepared in a wood-fired oven or charcoal grill.
Mezes Kitchen and Wine Bar – Marina District
Another choice in the Marina District is the Mezes Kitchen and Wine Bar. The eatery provides two levels with a casual atmosphere. The Arni Youvesti is one of the top dishes on the menu and made with lamb, tomato and red wine. They also offer seafood pasta with calamari, mussels and prawns. Mezes Kitchen and Wine Bar provides plenty of wine options from Greece, as well.
Ayola – Yerba Buena
Opened in 2014, this grab-and-go Greek eatery provides affordable options for those looking to grab lunch or dinner. They provide stuffed pita sandwiches, salads and plenty of other quick items. Get the combo platter and try a little bit of everything.
San Francisco is home to a number of great restaurants. When you want to enjoy authentic Greek cuisine, one of these restaurants will provide just what you need. Each one is family-owned and puts its’ own twist on Greek dishes.
Vinyl! A modern day Rorschach test! Records will probably never go out of style. Purists believe music just sounds better on a record, while others collect them for their DJ gigs or just because. No matter your reasons for seeking out vinyl, there are several great spots in the Bay Area to find just what you want. Here’s a quick look at a few of our favorite top record stores in San Francisco and the bay area.
Walk over from LagunaHayes or LindenHayes, or pretty much anywhere in Hayes Valley! This spot provides the best of the old-school records with plenty of new, modern choices. It’s owned by obsessive collectors and the records come in and go out very quickly. Originals Vinyl is well known for the selection of world music, jazz, soul and rock, but they have something in just about every genre.
Originals even carries some older choices for serious collectors. Many of the records found here go for $1 to $5, but some are more expensive. All records have been cleaned and you can add to your collection without breaking the bank.
Travel to the end of Haight street for the record store that’s known as a national treasure after more than two decades in business. Amoeba Music offers more than 24,000 square feet of records across all genres. The selection is incredible and the staff knows their music. They also carry cassettes, CDs, DVDs and video games.
Another great spot for records, Rooky Ricardo’s offers plenty of choices. More than 40,000 records are in stock here with many for just $2 each. The store specializes in records from the 1950s, 1960s and even a few from the 1970s. They have plenty of 45s and they even have some homemade mix CDs to choose from, too.
Down Home Music Store – El Cerrito
Stop by this record store and you will enjoy wood-paneling with vintage posters and plenty of records to choose from. They have been around since 1976 and will be around much longer. The store carries 33s, 45s and 78s with plenty for collectors and those just looking for some new music.
Jack’s Record Cellar – Lower Haight
Another good choice in Lower Haight, Jack’s offers plenty of good choices. The store opened in a different location back in 1951. However, it was purchased in 1961 and moved to the current location. The store carries all kinds of 33s, 45s and 78s from the 1950s and 1960s with a specialization in R&B, soul, rock and jazz. They do have some opera, hip-hip and pop, as well. 254 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94117. Phone: (415) 431-3047
Stranded – Oakland
If you’re looking for a great record store over in Oakland, Stranded is the right choice. They have not been around as long as some of the others, but carry a ton of great choices and have been compared to Brokeland Records from the Michael Chabon novel called Telegraph Avenue.
San Francisco has some amazing vinyl and top record stores. And what doesn’t fit in San Francisco proprer, you can certainly find in the greater Bay Area. We love music, we hope you have enjoyed our thoughts on a few of the top record stores in San Francisco. Let us know what your favorite is and where you found the next perfect album to add to your collection.
Lower Polk is abuzz with all the new and exciting developments happening in the neighborhood. Rockwell is near the area, and The Austin is actively under consruction with completion expected later this year! While Lower Polk isn’t a recognized real estate sub-district in the San Francisco MLS (it borders Nob Hill and Russian Hill on one side and Van Ness/Civic Center on the other while nestling up to Pacific Heights), it is one of the more fascinating areas in the city.
After you start your day with a cup of coffee from Saint Frank’s on Polk and Union or an Açai Bowl from Basik Cafe on Polk and Jackson, you will be amazed to see the changes that are coming to the neighborhood. Just take a look at Austin Alley near Polk and Pine. Renderings were unveiled at a local community meeting by the San Francisco Department of Public Works of this new exciting project that will transform the Alley behind The Austin into a Parisian style street complete with café-style seating amidst sustainable gardens and the whole Alley will be lined with trees.
Speaking of The Austin, it is incredible to believe that they are about 30 days away from welcoming their first residents! Interested in The Lower Polk or Austin? The good news is that a handful of one- and two-bedrooms are still available. With completion around the corner, you too could be moving-in very soon to this Arquitectonica-designed California-chic building… get in touch now to see what options and incentives may be available
In this week in San Francisco real estate we head to Noe Valley for the overbid of the week, 1,300 delinquents are clustered in five neighborhoods, our very own deplorable gets sued for some very deplorable BMR behavior, and you could live in SFO for about what it costs to rent in The Mission.
This Week in San Francisco Real Estate, August 25
It Sold for What
Noe Valley is the neighborhood with this week’s overbid – an amount that’s roughly equivalent to several homes in the rest of America. But if you buy a home somewhere else in America, you would have to live somewhere else in America.
San Francisco Stat of the Week
Soft-story seismic retrofit work approaches an important deadline, and so far there are about 1,300 properties that appear to be headed for seismic delinquency.
That’s Really Random
Over on episode 4 of Escrow Out Loud, our podcast about San Francisco real estate we talk about one particular transaction that involved a BMR (below market rate) home in San Francisco. This week, a deplorable gets sued for buying a below market rate home at SOMA Grand and then renting it at market rate to someone else. And he has a real estate license. Ugh.
Only in San Francisco
Only in San Francisco would it be cheaper to live in the airport than a one-bedroom home in the Mission neighborhood. We will let you decide if TSA is an amenity or not. And hey, if SF real estate seems expensive there is always the price per square foot on an airbus 380.
This week in San Francisco real estate we talk about the number one spot San Francisco buyers are looking: Not San Francisco! It Sold for What in Bernal Heights, a very San Francisco story on Presidio Terrace and a very random story about the possible transformation of a blighted McDonalds.
August 11 This Week in San Francisco Real Estate
Stats of San Francisco
The not-a-real-estate firm Trulia released a study showing that the number one place that home buyers who live in San Francisco are shopping for home is…. NOT San Francisco. Some place south. Apparently.
It Sold for What?!
Where are buyers searching in SF? Tune in for the answer… This week’s overbid of note is in Bernal Heights where a 2/1/1 (two beds, 1 bathroom, 1 car parking) sold for north of $1,600,000. Yes, that’s two bedrooms, one bathroom, and one million six hundred thousand dollars + some more.
Crazy True San Francisco Story
There’s been a lot of press about the private street Presidio Terrace, that was sold at a tax auction. Matt spoke with Phil Matier about it yesterday for the Association of Realtors, and it turns out this isn’t the first time it’s happened!!
Well That’s Rather Random…
The McDonald’s in the Haight-Ashbury at the end of Haight has always had a very sketchy reputation. Recently, there was a shooting in the building. The city has sued the owners over blight and drug sales. Now the city is offering to buy the lot, demolish it and build affordable housing.