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October 24, 2018

5 Places Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski Love Within Walking Distance of State Bird Provisions

Chef proprietors and Bay Area natives Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski combined the hardiness and adaptability of California's state bird and the act of providing delicious food and drink to create their very own restaurant, State Bird Provisions. Just like San Francisco, their food is a reflection of the city's eclectic and constantly evolving nature.

While you might not be able to walk in and score a table at State Bird Provisions (reservations in advanced are highly recommended), you can still discover Chef Brioza and Chef Krasinski's favorite places in San Francisco's Fillmore District. These are their five go-to places that are within walking distance of State Bird Provisions.

Our style is distinctively Californian. It's just in our DNA to cook with local ingredients. We were exposed to many ethnicities growing up and so you see the style of State Bird and know the ingredients span around the globe. - Chef Stuart Brioza

The Fillmore (1805 Geary Blvd.)

This music venue has hosted legends such as Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and many others. "This historic music venue is literally around the corner from the restaurant and we have loved catching a show there even before we opened," say Stuart and Nicole. "A big draw is checking out the custom posters they have hanging all throughout the venue." Many say that these custom illustrations look just like the music sounds: powerful and psychedelic.

Alamo Square (Steiner St. & Hayes St.)

Locals and visitors alike flock to Alamo Square for its breathtaking hilltop views of the city. To Stuart and Nicole, "Alamo Square is a great place to take in some classic views of San Francisco and picnic on the grass." While you're here, marvel at the architecture of the Painted Ladies, one of San Francisco's top photo ops. You'll recognize these colorful Victorian houses from the classic television series Full House.

Kabuki Spa (1750 Geary Blvd.)

Find your bliss and practice the art of relaxation at the Kabuki Spa. Trade your ordinary bathtub for a traditional Japanese hot spring and unwind in their steam room, with a collection of complimentary sea salts, body scrubs, and Japanese teas. The Kabuki Spa's communal bath is Stuart and Nicole's go-to spot to have a few hours of relaxation. After all, there's nothing better than to treat yourself!

The Mill (736 Divisadero St.)

When you first walk into The Mill, you are welcomed with the aroma of fresh toast and walls lined with rows of bread loaves. Their seasonal jams and almond butter on toast prove to be popular picks. For Stuart and Nicole, "The Mill has a dynamic rotation of artwork and you can watch the bakers from Josey Baker Bread pulling loaves out of the oven. The toast bar is a weekly pit stop for us." Locals also rave that The Mill is "so San Francisco," combining a hip and lively atmosphere with great eats.

Jane the Bakery (1881 Geary Blvd.)

If you're a pastry fanatic, Jane the Bakery can not be missed. "They do the classics perfectly and are not afraid to innovate with new flavors and combinations. Everything is delicious," says Nicole, herself an expert pastry chef. While they are known for their assortment of toast, scones, and other deliciously baked goods, the long lines are attributed to their true bread and butter (no pun intended): their award-winning croissant. Be sure to get there early as they quickly run out of these decadent pastries.

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