A while back, I went on a mini-quest through the Fillmore District of San Francisco. It is one of those parts of town that the tour buses pass through on their way to somewhere else but don’t generally stop. To be honest, until I took this little tour, I just assumed there wasn’t much there to take in but, boy, was I wrong!
This week, I met some very interesting people. I learned about Bop City, the story of jazz in the Bay Area, the rise of the African-American community in the neighborhood during World War I, the St John Coltrane African Orthodox Church and more. We stopped into artists’ galleries tucked into gardens, found parks and a waterfall hidden behind storefronts and enjoyed murals and sculptures scattered about the neighborhood.
It was a totally enjoyable, eye-opening afternoon. But perhaps the real highlight was meeting entrepreneurs and activists who have built restaurants and watering holes that are putting out great products that you should visit next time you are in town. Here are a few of my favorites. Next time, maybe I’ll see you there. 😉
1300 on Fillmore – Like it says on their website: “English-born. Jamaican-roots. French-trained. Southern-inspired.” This is upscale, fine dining from Chef Daniel Lawrence. On Friday nights and over Sunday brunch, there is live music reminiscent of the Fillmore District at its finest. Check out the wall of photos with Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr and many more.
Miyako’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream – This is one of those ‘little gem’ kind of places. They serve a wealth of flavors from Dreyer’s and Mitchell’s along with a broad menu of hot dogs and enough different candies that you might just have to keep coming back to try them all.
Bumzy’s – Made from scratch, mixed by hand, baked to order, one batch at a time by Bumzy and her mumzy. These are the best cookies I have had in a very long time!