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July 20, 2015

One Perfect Day in San Francisco: Scott Youkilis of Hog & Rocks

Hog & Rocks is San Francisco’s first and only ham and oyster bar located in San Francisco’s Mission District. Owner Scott Youkilis shares his one perfect day in San Francisco.

Scott's Perfect Day in San Francisco

Drink Coffee at Four Barrel Coffee (375 Valencia St.)
Scott recommends starting the morning at Four Barrel Coffee on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. Grab a pastry and sip on their pour-over coffee. They have the best selection of single origin coffees in San Francisco.  On any day choose from one of five varietals and ask some questions from their incredibly cool and knowledgeable baristas.

Hike Buena Vista Park (Buena Vista and Haight Street)
From Four Barrel Coffee, walk along 14th Street to the top of Buena Vista Park. You should get some exercise and use that caffeine and sugar rush to your advantage. When you get to the top you’ll be rewarded with sweeping 360-degree views from the Pacific Ocean to the Golden Gate Bridge to the East Bay to the Peninsula. The walk is about 22-25 minutes and covers 1.3 miles.

Eat Dim Sum at Hong Kong Lounge II (3300 Geary Blvd.)
Hop in a taxi or use a ridesharing app to call a car and head to Laurel Heights for great dim sum and noodles at the Hong Kong Lounge II at 3300 Geary Boulevard. With such a large Asian population in San Francisco, this is truly a treat and specialty.

Explore The Presidio
After lunch, head over  to The Presidio Gate located at the corner of Presidio Avenue and Pacific Avenue to walk down the Presidio’s oldest foot path, Lover’s Lane.  At least it’s downhill and you’ll need to walk off those dumplings.  Check out “Wood Line” by Andy Goldsworthy, eucalyptus branches laid out in a long sloping sinuous curve through a standing eucalyptus grove.  Continue walking all the way down through the Presidio to Crissy Field and get your feet wet in the Bay for bonus points or simply enjoy a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Eat Dinner at NOPA (560 Divisadero St.)
Then, head to an incredible dinner at NOPA on Divisadero Street and Hayes Street. NOPA is a delicious restaurant with straightforward California cuisine with great wines and cocktails. It’s like Zuni Cafe for the millennial generation.

See Live Music at the Independent (628 Divisadero St.) and Grab Late Night Cocktails
After dinner, walk one block to catch some live music at The Independent, one of San Francisco’s best clubs. And if you’re still standing at the end of the night, you’ll get some extra bonus points to finish off the evening with a nightcap at historic 1940s Arabian Nights-themed dive bar, Aub Zam Zam. Like you need one after a day like that. But, who cares, you only have one day in San Francisco.

Avital Ungar is the owner of Avital Food Tours which takes guests behind-the-scenes in the San Francisco culinary scene on walking food tours in the Mission District, the Haight AshburyNorth Beach and craft cocktails in Union Square. Get more information at www.avitaltours.com.

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