4 Local Eateries Offering The Best Stay-Home Takeout

Over years and years of growth and migration, San Francisco has curated a diverse and robust palette of the best restaurants in the region. Whether ordering takeaway or dining out, discovering new — and unforgettable — restaurants is a quintessential part of the urban experience. Here are a few outstanding eateries that are right within reach of The Harrison. 

1. Sunset Squares

Close to home right in the neighborhood of SoMA is Sunset Squares, a family-run operation that serves fresh pizza with unorthodox toppings. With a foundational crust made from a 3-day, cold-fermented sourdough process, these square pizzas offer toppings that range from Asian-style mapo tofu to classic artisan pepperoni. Check out their website to choose between their preorder exclusive menu, daily pickup menu, and Doordash delivery options.

2. Acquerello

Not too far from The Harrison is Nob Hill’s favored destination for high-end Italian cuisine: Acquerello. Now open for takeout Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00-6:00pm, this restaurant has a vast fine dining menu for when you don’t want to just settle for fast-casual fare. They’ve actually partnered with The Caviar Co. to offer a flight of three Acquerello private label caviars, along with a four-course prix fixe menu, prepared fresh and meant to be heated up and enjoyed that day, a curated cheese selection, and a dessert trio. Just order online, then pick it up when it’s ready.

3. Deli Board

Sometimes, when hunger creeps up on us, we want something quick and delicious. That’s where SoMa’s very own Deli Board comes in. This lunch spot doesn’t take phone orders — all orders are taken at the front door of the deli. When you’re looking for something truly filling and satisfying, try a loaded sando on a classic French roll or a garlic Dutch crunch.

4. Zazie

Reopening in early February, Zazie’s free local delivery option marks them as the perfect brunch provider within five miles. From 9am to 1pm, Pierre Noir eggs benedict or gingerbread pancakes right at home. We also love their “Build Your Own Mimosa Kit” to fully indulge in the brunch experience. 

Meet Residence 21E: Ken Fulk-Furnished Two-Bedroom with Balcony Set to Bay Bridge & Marina Views

From The Harrison comes the very first opportunity to own a two-bedroom home fully furnished by world-renowned interior designer Ken Fulk. Replete with jaw-dropping decor and dazzling, modern style that could only be achieved by Ken Fulk himself, this impossibly chic city escape is complete with a balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows framing far-reaching marina and bay views. With diagonal-planked Siberian Oak floors, polished white slab Carrara marble countertops and unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures, Residence 21E is the ultimate combination of upscale interiors and sweeping marina views. Set high above the city, yet moments from San Francisco’s most sought-after restaurants, shops and local attractions, this home brings to fruition an idyllic life marked by five-star amenities, 24/7 concierge service and inimitable details selected by award-winning designer Ken Fulk.

Flowing into the home through the entry foyer, one is immediately drawn to the sun-drenched living room, dining room and a bedroom leading to the balcony. The state-of-the-art kitchen is an epicure’s dream, complete with custom Studio Becker Ash Molina cabinetry, polished Carrara marble counters and Bertazzoni and Subzero appliances. Set to stunning Bay Bridge and marina views by virtue of floor-to-ceiling windows, this extensive space is ideal for both prime relaxation or entertaining.

Onward from the kitchen, the home’s main suite captivates with far-reaching marina vistas. Offering plenty of closet space and an ensuite bath — where porcelain Herringbone floors, unlacquered Waterworks brass fixtures and beautiful Carrara marble countertops and subway tiles create the ultimate spa right at home — the main suite is the ultimate getaway.

Learn more about The Harrison’s residences, explore the neighborhood or schedule a private tour of Residence 21E by calling 415.721.7788 or inquiring here.

3 Outdoor Spaces for a Quiet Escape in San Francisco

While San Francisco is known for its buzzing, vibrant energy and plethora of exciting things to do and places to see, the city is also home to several serene, natural escapes perfect for finding quiet when needed. And setting aside time to reconnect with the outdoors? Sometimes, that can make all the difference. Below, find a few closeby spots to reground and recenter. 

1. Tank Hill Park

Not many people know about the hidden treasure Tank Hill, which is tucked away near Twin Peaks. The hilltop may be accessed via either a stairway on Twin Peaks Boulevard at Crown Terrace or a longer path at the end of Belgrave Avenue. The area has rock outcroppings perfect for enjoying breathtaking city views.

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2. Lafayette Park

If you’re seeking out some in-city greenery, head to Pacific Heights’ crown jewel of Lafayette Park. With numerous paths and open spaces, you can comfortably enjoy outdoor recreation without the crowds. Gorgeously landscaped, Lafayette Park is perfect for strolls and picnics alike.

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3. Sutro Heights Park

Perched above Cliff House at the western edge of San Francisco is Sutro Heights. A historic park, Sutro Heights is a delightful enclave for strolls through garden ruins and gazing at the Seal Rocks and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Typically not too busy, this park is the one to visit if you want to pair a bit of a rustic walking adventure with your dose of the outdoors.

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Add Some Wonder to Your Winter: 5 Closest Ski Resorts to San Francisco

One of the best things about living in California is that we have the ability to go from the beach to the mountains in a matter of hours. In the wintertime, you could wake up with the sun in San Francisco and be skiing down the slopes in Stanislaus National Forest before lunchtime. Here, a relatively short drive can reveal a big change in scenery—especially if you’re snowbound. Below, take a look at the closest ski resorts to visit from San Francisco. 

1. Palisades Tahoe

Approximate drive time: ~4 hours 

Distance from San Francisco: 197 miles

A California Historical Landmark and the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Palisades Tahoe (formerly known as Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows) is one of the biggest and most notable ski resorts in the United States. Located just west of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the resort has 6,000 skiable acres across two mountains—including over 65% beginner and intermediate terrain.

Activities also include snow tubing, aerial tram rides over the mountains and Lake Tahoe, year-round events and entertainment and over 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques.

2. Sugar Bowl Resort

Approximate drive time: ~3 hours 

Distance from San Francisco: 177 miles
Sugar Bowl is great for planning a trip with skiers of all levels—with 17% beginner runs, 45% intermediate runs and 38% advanced, you can invite your friend who’s never skied before and your adrenaline-junkie friend. The resort comprises 1,650 skiable acres, four peaks and 100 trails. Plus, book a stay at the historic Sugar Bowl Hotel at the base of the resort to take advantage of the spa, sauna and steam rooms after a day on the slopes.

3. Boreal Ski Resort

Approximate drive time: ~3 hours 

Distance from San Francisco: 177 miles
Minutes away from Sugar Bowl is another Bay Area favorite: Boreal Ski Resort. One of the smaller ski resorts in the area, Boreal is also one of the best for kids or beginners—with more affordable prices and lessons for all levels. Make the most of your trip with snow tubing at Playland, après-ski drinks at the Boreal Bar and the best night skiing in Tahoe.

4. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort

Approximate drive time: ~3.5 hours 

Distance from San Francisco: 163 miles
The closest ski resort to the Bay Area (mileage-wise), Dodge Ridge Ski Resort boasts about 800 acres of ski areas near Pinecrest, California. Dodge Ridge caters to both beginners and experts—offering rentals and lessons for kids and adults and a handful of black diamond and double black diamond runs.

5. Bear Valley Resort

Approximate drive time: ~3.5 hours 

Distance from San Francisco: 181 miles
Located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite in the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains, Bear Valley Resort sits on 1,280 skiable acres. For competitive skiers, Bear Valley Mountain has partnered with Bear Valley SnowSports Foundation to host NASTAR—daily races and competitions for youth and adults. Bonus: Bear Valley Lodge is dog-friendly!

No Bars Open? No Problem: 6 DIY Cocktails Inspired by Local Mixologists

Moments of celebration look a little different this year. From virtual happy hours to in-kitchen fiestas, we’ve all spiced up our creativity with cocktails a bit lately. Although evenings after work look a little different for everyone this year, the persisting tradition of sharing spirits allows us to slow down and savor the moment. Luckily, bright, state-of-the-art kitchens here at The Harrison offer an ideal setting to try out some inventive mixology or perfect your favorite drinks with variations inspired by your city’s best bartenders.

Re-live pre-pandemic bar classics with Thad Vogler’s Cuban-style cocktails

Award-winning mixologist Thad Vogler is one of the city’s best-known barkeepers. Vogler was named one of Forbes Magazine’s most interesting people back in 2011, and has been recognized as an authority on craft spirits in the world of food and drink. Unfortunately, 3 out of 4 of his restaurants have had to close amidst the pandemic, but you can still enjoy star-quality drinks from your own home with signature sips from his award-winning bars. Settle into vacation mode with Vogler’s mojito variation developed for the Obispo — Cuban-style and steeped with mint. Another Cuban classic is Bar Agricole’s El Presidente Cocktail, accented by the refreshing citrus of curaçao. Alternatively, try out Vogler’s Agricole Mule, a variation of a Gin-Gin Mule that takes advantage of agricole rum’s gin-like, aromatic sugarcane-composition.

1. Thad Vogler’s Mojito
2. El Presidente Cocktail
3. Agricole Mule

Image: El Presidente Cocktail, Imbibe Magazine

Comfort cocktails from San Francisco’s no-frills favorite Mary Palac

San Jose’s favored Paper Plane bar is temporarily closed under pandemic restrictions, but their well-loved mixtress Mary Palac has shared a few of her top drinks that can be made at home.  Named a Top 4 American Bartender of the Year by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, Palac refers to her style as low-maintenance, but hard-hitting. If you’re looking for one of her best-sellers, her play on Irish Coffee with its own kick – Chai-Rish Coffee – is the one to try. Alternatively, perfect the balance of delicate aromas and robust flavors with Palac’s Gunmetal Fix, which is gorgeous with its violet liqueur. 

4. Chai-Rish Coffee
5. Gunmetal Fix

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Want to stick with the classics? Take Caitlin Laman’s advice to perfect your drink

While nationally-recognized mixologist Caitlin Laman is currently based in Chicago, her most meticulous variation was developed when she worked at Trick Dog in San Francisco. Laman’s Manhattan is so simple, but is full-flavored and doesn’t skimp out on bitters.

6. Caitlin Laman’s Manhattan

Image: Laman’s Manhattan, Punch