We were introduced to the quaint charm and delicious food at Chenery Park by one of our friends. We have since introduced the restaurant to friends & family and the circle keeps growing. Not only do we use this for "special occasions" (i.e. birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones), but we also just come in by ourselves for beautifully prepared, sumptuous food that feeds both our bodies and our souls. This is the kind of food that you would prepare, if you had the time....and a little more talent "than the average bear." The wait staff is informative, friendly and professional. Wonderfully, they do not hover but seem to appear out of nowhere when needed (almost like there are baby monitors under the tables!) We have NEVER had a bad meal or a bad experience at this wonderful, hidden jewel of a restaurant. Joe, the owner, welcomes you if he is at the reception station as though he was inviting you into his home. While it is a small, neighborhood restaurant, the food and the atmosphere is world class. Another wondrous thing about this restaurant is that success has not gone to their heads. The food has remained consistent even as the good word and the recognition has spread. When friends, family or business contacts come to the City, we are often asked, "Can we go to Chenery Park?" When you go, try to seafood gumbo. It is spicy and delicious. In fact, my husband has it every time we go (even though he is often tempted by other offerings on the menu).
This is one of the new kids on one of the most active blocks in the SOMA district, just 3 blocks south of Civic Center area. Radius supports local farmers, and is part of the very popular and important "slow food nation" movement. Fantastic chicken wings that are filled with flavor and cooked to perfection, amazing fried chicken that melts in your mouth, delicious sandwiches from skirt steaks, ham and butter, goat cheese with veggies on the most incredible bread, and mouth watering chicken grilled on almond wood and creatively delicious pasta specials. For those who love fresh oysters, this is your place! Forget working on your computers at Starbucks and check out Radius. Free Wi Fi and good quality food, friendly owners and staff. I am only writing about the cafe now, just wait until the fine dining opens next door (Julie's Supper Club use to be here). The renovation is sleek, open, refreshing and a lot of light naturally shines in. This will most certainly be the new hang out for a diverse crowd of professionals whether you are a financial district hot shot, a computer wizard, an artist or entertainers with a distinct taste for quality.
Two words sum up my Mel's Drive In experience; comfort food. Whether you're craving a burger and fries, or a meal fit to be served for Sunday dinner, it's likely that Mel's has it on the menu. On a recent stay in San Francisco, I wanted a good option for take-out that I could bring up to my nearby hotel room and enjoy at my leisure. The attendant at the hotel front desk said Mel's was a short walk away and mentioned that it was something of an institution in San Francisco. I ordered a patty melt with fries to go from a friendly guy at the counter, and waited less than 10 minutes for my to-go meal, which was packaged with extra condiments, napkins and utensils. I'd intended to get back to Mel's for a sit-down meal but never had the chance. You can bet I'll be stopping in on my next visit to San Francisco to sample more of what Mel's has to offer.