I live in the unhip part of San Francisco, the vast residential southwest that's full of middle aged people, single family houses, abundant parking, and practically no restaurants. I love it for its sanity and comfort.

Nothing captures the frumpiness of my neighbourhood better than the local newspapers published four times a year, full of columns from nervous women advising having the water department test your pipes for lead and crotchety men rambling about how they hate being retired. This restaurant review from the West of Twin Peaks Observer (no website, of course) is a great example:

One of our newest advertisers is the recently opened Taylor's Taqueria and Breakfast in the Diamond Heights Shopping Center. It has taken over the spot formerly occupied by Burger King, but it still serves great and varied burgers. I had one of their American-style breakfasts that the new restaurant features, and I have to tell you, it was terrific. Food is prepared exactly the way you order it, portions are large enough to satisfy any appetite and the prices are moderate. In addition to the breakfast menu (which is availalbe all day) Taylor's, named after owner Thong Le's young daughter, also serves traditional Mexican fare such as Tacos, Burritos, Nachos, and Quesadillas, and they even have gourmet teriyaki plates, along with salads for those who are seeking lighter dishes.
Burgers as good as Burger King, large portions for little money, and a bafflingly syncretic menu of American, Mexican, and Japanese food cooked for you by a Vietnamese family. What's not to love?
  2005-04-07 15:49 Z