Just joining us? Check out Day 1.
On our first full day in San Francisco, we headed out from the hotel to check out the architecture and stop at Cafe Reverie for breakfast. I had this gorgeous French toast with date compote and pecans and Robin had huevos rancheros.
This cafe is cash-only and has gender-neutral restrooms. It was 65 degrees and sunny, so we ate outdoors and spied this cute little flower in the garden in the back.
From there we headed to Golden Gate Park to toss the football and yell “sports” because that’s what BEST FRIENDS (2) do! In case you’re new here, we are best friends (3) just like Johnny and Mark! But unlike our co-stars, we are also lovers! (That’s a fan fiction nobody wanted, honestly.)
We also met fellow best friends (4) Goethe and Schilling.
We caught a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Sutro Baths!
I had hoped to get to Pizza Zone (the site of the coffee-shop scene and the line “Anyway, how’s your sex life?”).
But we weren’t in the right neighborhood, and since Tommy Wiseau is super into Americana, a burger and fries at Louis’ Restaurant seemed appropriate. Plus, gender-neutral bathrooms!
We caught a Lyft to Coit Tower for more views of the bridge and the city.
As well as some Public Works of Art Project (pre-WPA) murals done by Diego Rivera’s students, including these two folks:
Next we went down the stairs and into North Beach. We even found an alley to toss the football around in!
We stopped at Caffe Trieste for coffee and cheesecake, then headed to City Light Books to check out the zines. I really loved the cheesecake’s texture–firm on the outside and fluffy on the inside, which seems like Chicago style.
Robin made reservations at Piazza Pellegrini, and it was still warm enough to eat outside with heat lamps, so we were treated to this very romantic night view of Saints Peter and Paul Church across the park. North Beach is another historically queer neighborhood, and just being out (and out!) with all the queer vibes of the area, the other folks with Good Queer Looks out and about, gave me life.*
I had the prosciutto and arugula pizza and Robin had the shrimp linguine.
This was the perfect spot for a romantic al fresco dinner. I mean, the candles? The music? The sexy dress? The gender-neutral bathroom?
I like you very much, lover boi.
Stay tuned for Part 3!
*Both of us were in Seattle-style soft-butch urban-explorer mode, and we weren’t sure if we were getting looks for being visibly queer or for looking like we weren’t doing San Francisco fashion right.