The Room Tour of San Francisco (with food!), Part 2

Just joining us? Check out Day 1.

detail of architecture on pale green
Image: detail of architecture on pale green “painted lady” Queen Anne house with mauve, white and gold accents.

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.

sourdough French toast with date compote and pecans, Cafe Reverie.
Image: sourdough French toast with date compote and pecans, Cafe Reverie.
Huevos rancheros with sala roja, eggs, beans, cilantro, and queso fresco
Image: Huevos rancheros, Cafe Reverie

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.

A purple flower peeking over a wooden wall in the back garden of Cafe Reverie
Image: a purple flower peeking over a wooden wall in the back garden of Cafe Reverie

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.

Image: The back of a statue of German authors and best friends Goethe and Schiller by Ernst Friedrich August Rietschel. Goethe is on the right in this photo in court dress and has his left hand on Schiller’s shoulder. Schiller is in a long coat.
Image: The back of a statue of German authors and best friends Goethe and Schiller by Ernst Friedrich August Rietschel. Goethe is on the right in this photo in court dress and has his left hand on Schiller’s shoulder. Schiller is in a long coat.

We caught a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Sutro Baths!

Image of the Golden Gate Bridge, which features prominently in The Room because Tommy Wiseau needed you to know we are in San Francisco.
GO! GO! GO! GO! Image of the Golden Gate Bridge, which features prominently in The Room because Tommy Wiseau needed you to know we are in San Francisco.

I had hoped to get to Pizza Zone (the site of the coffee-shop scene and the line “Anyway, how’s your sex life?”). 

Gif: Johnny asks Mark, "Anyway, how's your sex life?"
Gif: Johnny asks Mark, “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!

Image: Crinkle fries and a cheeseburger at Louis’s Restaurant near the Sutro Baths in San Francisco.
Crinkle fries and a cheeseburger at Louis’s Restaurant near the Sutro Baths in San Francisco.

We caught a Lyft to Coit Tower for more views of the bridge and the city.

Image: view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco from Coit Tower
Image: view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco from Coit Tower

As well as some Public Works of Art Project (pre-WPA) murals done by Diego Rivera’s students, including these two folks:

Image: a fresco of two people sitting at a diner counter. The person in the background is almost hiding behind the person in the counter seat in front and is peering over their shoulder. I added the text “how about something like cheesecake”” to the image. “Department Store” fres by Frede Vidar.
Image: a fresco of two people sitting at a diner counter. The person in the background is almost hiding behind the person in the counter seat in front and is peering over their shoulder. I added the text “how about something like cheesecake” to the image. “Department Store” fresco by Frede Vidar.

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.

 

Image of a large piece of plain cheesecake with two forks, two lattes, and our mini football.
Image of a large piece of plain cheesecake with two forks, two lattes, and our mini football.

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.*

Image of a glass of white wine in the foreground with the view of the cathedral in the background.
Image of a glass of white wine in the foreground with the view of the cathedral in the background.

I had the prosciutto and arugula pizza and Robin had the shrimp linguine. 

Gif of Lisa asking Johnny, "Do you want me to order a pizza?"
Gif of Lisa asking Johnny, “Do you want me to order a pizza?” Via Giphy.

 

Image of pizza with prosciutto and arugula.
Image of pizza with prosciutto and arugula.

 

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.

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