Clara and Clarence Bear’s Favorite family friendly restaurants · toy stores · groceries · family member spas in San Francisco
Yummy Chinese Restaurant
Where: 10264 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530
What: Funny name, seriously good Chinese food; formerly located in San Francisco—now across the Bay.
When: Open Daily – 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Family-owned and run, this little gem of a place offers the very best quality, home-style Chinese cooking. Try the Beef Stew Clay Pot—you’ll be hooked! Prices are in the $6.00 - $9.00 range and worth it.
FAVORITE THAI RESTAURANT
King of Thai Noodle House
Where: 346 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
What: Delicious salads and vegetarian noodle soup--fresh, clean flavors--satisfying and not wallet-busting
When: Open Daily - 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Lots of good choices on the menu but, to be honest, we almost always order either the papaya (Som Tum) or mango salads ($6.95 each) and the vegetarian noodle soup (Guay Tiew Jae) - $5.75. They’re so good, why order anything else? However, on a recent visit we felt adventurous and added to our usual order the Hoi Jor appetizer (deep fried bean curd skins stuffed with ground pork, crab meat, ground shrimp, ground water chestnuts, and served with sweet plum sauce) - $7.25. Scrumptious and a definite do-again!
FAVORITE KOREAN RESTAURANT (for lunch)
HAN IL KWAN
Where: 1802 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
What: Lunch specials ($7.50-$9.50) Monday-Friday until 4 p.m.
When: Open Daily – (10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. weekdays / 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. weekends)
Info: 415-752-4447 / 415-752-4448
Best deal is the lunch special of Marinated Chicken Breast that comes with ban chan (small, cold side dishes), including two hot scallion pancakes and a choice of soup or steamed eggs…plus dessert of refreshingly cool rice drink. All for $7.50! Only challenge is finding parking.
FAVORITE CHINESE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Where: 815 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
What: Fresh, delicious seafood at reasonable prices
When: Open Daily – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Info: 415-831-3322 / 415-387-4011
Delicious lobster lo-mein (one whole lobster tail with what tastes like fresh hand-pulled noodles)…enough for two at only $13.99. They also have to-die-for Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps (appetizer) that can feed four (or two really hungry diners) for $8.50.
FAVORITE ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT RESTAURANT
Where: 4927 Junipero Serra Boulevard, Colma, CA 94014-3216
What: Cafeteria style offerings of salads, soups, breads, pasta, desserts--like the name says, fresh!
When: Open Daily – 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Info: 650-757-7892 – www.freshchoice.com
We like the wide variety of deliciously fresh, healthy salads, veggies and hot soups. This location also offers the makings for “pho” (pronounced “fuh”)—Vietnamese noodle soup.
FAVORITE GROCERY STORE
Where: 9 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118
What: Quality products at affordable prices
When: Open Daily – 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Info: 415-346-9964 – www.traderjoes.com
We shop here primarily for the good selection of organic foods (fresh fruits and veggies / meat / frozen items / dairy / canned products / cereal / beverages) -- all at better prices than at regular supermarkets. Some of their own cookies, e.g., Triple Ginger Snaps (16 oz. - $3.99), Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Stars (16 oz. - $3.99), etc., are amazingly good and incredibly priced for the amount you get. Kudos to them for their dedication to customer satisfaction...if you’re not satisfied with any product for any reason, you get a refund with no hassle.
The Enchanting Place
Where: 311 – 4th Avenue / Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
What: Services include Full Body Massage Therapy, Reflexology Foot Therapy, and Skin Care.
When: Open Daily – 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Info: 415-793-9878 - www.enchantingskincare.com
Facilities are clean, comfortable and welcoming. Recommend full body massage (haven’t tried other services yet). $60.00/hour - $10.00 off for a limited time = $50/hour.
FAVORITE TOY STORES
Where: 3325 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
What: Quality toys in a family-friendly environment
When: See www.thearktoys.com for store hours
Great selection of classic, imported, Waldorf-inspired, wooden and just all-around fun toys. The store is welcoming and invites children to explore the delightful and eclectic collection of toys, games, books, puzzles, arts & crafts, science & music, building and imaginative role play items. They boast a unique selection of stuffed animals and many other hard-to-find’s.
Where: 186 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127
What: Wide selection of well-made toys; free gift wrapping when you let them know your purchase is a gift
When: Open Daily – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Info: 415-759-8697 – www.ambassadortoys.com
Store has a darkened room in the back for space exploration toys. The black light in there illuminates anything white such as stars, planets, moons, eyeballs and teeth. Way cool and much better than going to Toys-R-Us.
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