San Francisco

Each week this summer we will be highlighting a different San Francisco neighborhood based on those that know them best — our Loews Regency San Francisco team.  

This week’s highlights are provided by Michael Dunlap, who is the Assistant Chef Concierge at the newest Loews in the financial district of San Francisco.

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Michael, how long have you lived in San Francisco?

I moved to the city in 1980, and was born and raised in the Bay Area. I’m proud to call it home for over 50 years.

What is your favorite neighborhood in the city?

South Beach: it’s a very vibrant and completely revitalized locale I frequently enjoy.

In South Beach, what’s your…

… favorite thing to do?

Catching a baseball game at AT&T Park, home of the World Series Champions San Francisco Giants. The yard is regularly referred to as one of the best ballparks in the country.

… favorite place to go?

The ballpark in South Beach is easily accessible by public transportation, or a casual 25-minute stroll along the waterfront. Along the way, you can enjoy the public artwork, such as Cupid’s Span created by artist Coosje van Bruggen. You can also take in the breathtaking San Francisco Bay and gaze upon the sailboats and kayaks as they meander their way to destinations unknown.
SF cupids arrow … favorite bite to eat?

The Ferry Building along the Embarcadero should be your first destination: it’s home to various local food purveyors, restaurants and the farmer’s market on Saturdays, where you might rub elbows with our most famous chefs, shopping for their venues.

Further down the road, you will come across Waterbar and Epic Roasthouse, upscale restaurant options where you can dine al fresco and enjoy views of the water and Bay Bridge.

A favorite stop for breakfast or brunch is Towns End, which has its own bakery on the premises.

National food personality Anthony Bourdain loves Red’s Java House, very casual, which has been in business along the San Francisco waterfront for 50-plus years. It’s a place to enjoy a dog and a cold one.

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At the ballpark itself is the popular Public House, owned by James Beard-award-winning Chef Traci Des Jardins – pub-style food is ideal or sharing, and it features a full bar and over 48 craft beers.

Right across the street is one of SF’s best sports bars: Pedro’s Cantina, with its tasty menu specializing in south of the border options.