Samiramis has a decent selection (especially given the size), though, like most Middle Eastern stores, they don't carry many Israeli products. They've got a lot of my favorites, though: Sabra hummus, lebne, schug, my favorite Sadaf tea (the green box, with cardamom)...
They close around 7, at least on weekdays, it seems because there's one guy running the show. He's really friendly. His cat's awesome, too.
A while back, when I was really busy with work, I took some clothes here for wash and fold. I made the mistake of including a red blanket without requesting that they use cold water, and now I own about 10 pairs of slightly pink socks.OK, so last week I go to see my favorite metal band perform, and I decide to get a hoodie. Because… En savoir plus
I'm a huge fan of Asian cooking, so I was pretty much ecstatic when I heard the house I was moving to had an Asian supermarket nearby. Obviously, it has a large selection of noodles and sauce, and it's a great place to shop if you're vegan (or if you have a house guest who is).
Three reasons it gets 4 stars instead of 5:
1) Narrow aisles: It's pretty much impossible to get two carts side by side. The benefit is that there's more of a selection this way.
2) Lack of labels: Some of the bulk/homemade items (tofu is the only thing I recognize) is completely mysterious to those of us who haven't grown up with the stuff. I'm talking about the stuff floating in bins below the tofu and refrigerated noodles.
3) Closes too early.
Overall, I'm too excited about this place to give it any fewer than 4 stars. Also, it (obviously) carries firm tofu, whereas Safeway does not.
Rainbow would be the only grocery store I'd shop at if it weren't for the following two caveats:
1) They don't sell steamed pork buns
2) Coming here requires a ride down the 12 line
I can't really blame them for not selling steamed pork buns because it's a vegetarian supermarket, which I think is awesome, but taking the 14 or the 49 (or even walking) to Safeway is much more convenient for me.
What keeps me coming back is the delicious meat alternatives, the bulk items, and the social conscience.
I used to come here just because I didn't have to cross the street to get to it, but now, after trying Bravo on the other side of Mission, I come here because it's so much bigger. There are always plenty of working and unused machines, and about 35 feet of counter space.
They've got arcade games. I was sooo tempted to play Cruisin' World with my dryer quarters. There's also an attached convenience store, but I've never been to it.
Don't get me wrong -- I don't love to do laundry or anything, but this place really takes the sting out of it because I don't have to deal with the added stress of fighting over the washers or whatever other altercations might arise out of laundry. I wouldn't know -- I've only ever strayed from this place once. I could do without all the staring, though...
BTW this is where I was when the 5.6 earthquake hit!!!
This is the place you've heard about. For $4.45 you can get a carne asada burrito without the fatty stuff like sour cream and guacamole.
Now, the only place with better-tasting burritos is El Tonayense taco truck, but let's be fair here: El Farolito serves a damn good burrito. It's close to BART, it's open late, and the burrito is at least a dollar cheaper than at the surrounding taquerias. And that'll get you 5 stars.
One of the best things about the city. When you come here, bring your friends, your dog, your guitar or your iPod speakers, bring some beer, bring a date, bring some food, bring your bike. And just hang out.
If you want a great view of downtown, sit at the top of the hill.
5 stars for carrying Sabra hummus.
EVERYONE: I'll say this once and I'd gladly say it again. Buy this brand of hummus. The kind with the pine nuts. Samirami's, near 26th Street, also carries it.
-1 star for not carrying pressed tofu (All of you who have been using that stuff that floats in water are cooking with crap.)
This is the most useless review I've written but we all know the deal with Safeway and it's important that everyone know about Sabra and pressed tofu.
Their stock changes constantly, so it's a little unreliable, but they'll always have a bunch of big-name things. Today I bought 4 Sunbeam light bulbs for $1.30 and a box of Pop-Tarts for $2.
I usually come here before I go to Safeway to buy the things they didn't have or don't carry (such as refrigerated items).
This place will definitely piss you off if you think opened food packages and half-eaten cookies lying around is unsightly. For those of us who need deep discounts and don't give a rat's ass, there's Big Lots.
After some thought, I've decided that an Indian pizza from this place is my favorite food item in San Francisco.I can't believe I haven't reviewed this place yet. Order an Indian pizza and have it delivered… En savoir plus
I've never had strong feelings for a hardware store, but I think Cole Hardware is awesome.
I've never been unable to find what I need, and I always love stopping by the housewares section to look at awesome (albeit slightly overpriced) kitchen/bath things.
Also, they've got Primal Strips (vegetarian jerky) hanging in the impulse rack, which is pretty sweet.
Muddy's is your typical slightly dirty, not-too-crowded Mission cafe. Their hot chocolate is good and the service is usually pretty nice, but sometimes homeless bum-types come in here, so that makes the experience really unappealing.
Despite the relatively low score I gave Muddy's, it's the cafe I come to most often. I don't drink coffee, though, so it's not that often. Good luck stalking me! Ha!
For a while I came here because of the mail service, but I got fed up with the poor selection and I realized that, through Netflix, you can get one DVD at a time and unlimited rentals and -- GET THIS, PEOPLE -- unlimited instant viewing for $8.99.
I don't own a TV and I just got a fast new PC and a pirated copy of Windows that's convincing enough to trick Netflix into working. So it's all the same to me as beaming a DVD right into my eagerly waiting hands.I'm all about supporting independent businesses, but the mail-in service is damn convenient.
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