Welcome to Mr. Roofing’s Guide to South San Francisco!
South San Francisco is a great place to live and work, so we put together a handy guide for people new to the area, or people looking for something new to experience. Inside our guide, you’ll find our favorite attractions, restaurants, and events in and around the area. We’ll continue adding to the guide in months ahead, so if you have any suggestions you’d like to see added, feel free to contact us and share.
Without further adieu, Mr. Roofing presents the Guide to South San Francisco:
See’s Candies is the sweetest spot in South San Francisco. The quality of the chocolate here is unrivaled, and the wonderful staff are well known for their generous samples for those willing to visit the best chocolate factory on this side of the Atlantic.
47 Hills Brewing Company
I love finding a good place to relax and catch up with friends. A recent addition to South San Francisco, 47 Hills Brewing Company is quickly becoming a favorite place to socialize. I appreciate a place that brews their own and takes pride in their craft. Settle down in their beer garden, have some german sausages, and enjoy the casual atmosphere at 47 Hills.
I’m not sure who invented the sandwich, but the Teani’s Italian Deli mastered it. We welcome back the Teani family in bringing back their (sorely missed) cold cuts, tri-tips, and shrimp crab sandwiches. Partake in the atmosphere of the Old Country complimented by great service and short lines. Come with an appetite, because the portions are generous!
Cable Car Cafe
A favorite place for a quick breakfast and coffee, Cable Car Cafe offers great comfort food, fast service, and affordable pricing. It’s a small operation, and they only accept cash, but it’s worth it if you come prepared.
If you’re not sure where to start, I’d recommend the chicken fried steak. Yum!
La Tapatia Mexicatessen
La Tapatia has been one of our local favorites for years, and they have the best everything! From delicious guacamole, to enormous burritos and carnitas piled high, La Tapatia not only has amazing food but might be the best place to take your family to eat yourselves into a coma.
Ristorante Buon Gusto
Ristorante Buon Gusto has been a landmark in South San Francisco for decades. Vincenzo always strives to take the best care of his patrons. That means you’ll always find fast and friendly service to go well with the great Italian food and the wine.
Great things can come in small packages, and that’s what you’ll find with Kamu Sushi. Find fresh, exotic rolls that are delicious works of art. Kamu has a lot of authentic items on the menu, but you can also build your own roll. If you still aren’t sure if this is the best sushi joint in South San Francisco, check out the nearly one thousand photos of their eats on Yelp.
Papa Joe’s is not your typical pizzeria. You can find a few great treasures here, but nothing beats the thin-crust pizza. Papa Joe’s is one of my favorite old school, Mom and Pop restaurants. In addition to pizza, they have great tacos, burritos, and Mexican food! Our team loves to have pizza and tacos here!
El Faro’s Mexican Food
Nothing makes me happy like a Happy Burrito from El Faro’s. It’s a fantastic place for some comfort food, and the fact that you can pick up pupusas and other real Mexican delights in a drive through seals the deal. If you’re the early-bird type, you can start your day with the Bay’s best breakfast burrito. We’ve been regulars at El Faro’s for many years, and they will always be one of my favorite taquerias!
Buildings & Culture
City Hall South San Francisco
By Pedro Xing – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22688247
The South San Francisco City Hall building stands out, being modeled after Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. The City’s Mayoral Office, City Manager’s Office, City Clerk, Economic and Community Development, Finance and Human Resources services are located in City Hall.
Here’s a fun, interactive timeline about the history of South San Francisco. It looks like the City Hall building hasn’t changed much over the years…http://www.ssf.net/our-city/about-south-san-francisco/history
South San Francisco Conference Center
The SSFCC is a popular hub for small to medium events, conveniently located right off of highway 101. They have a full suite of audio/visual services, as well as catering. It might seem dated from the outside, but the inside is wired and up to date to service the biotech industries in the area.
Grand Avenue Library
If you’re looking for your next read, the Grand Avenue Library has a couple hundred thousand options for you. But the library does just loan out books; it’s a hub that hosts community events, access to technology, and acts as a learning center. If you’re a fan of audiobooks, the library is connected to the OverDrive app, which lets you check out audiobooks for free!
I mean, just look at that building! Looks like I could spend hours in there getting lost in literature!
South San Francisco History Museum
The South City hasn’t given this museum it’s due, in my opinion.
The South San Francisco Historical Society has an extensive collection of photos, artifacts, memorabilia, clothing, and more! Every turn has something interesting to see, and they rotate the exhibits on a regular basis, so there is always something fresh to experience.
Stay up-to-date with everything the museum and historical society is doing by following them on Facebook.
SFartsED – Players
The San Francisco Arts Education Project Players is a musical theater troupe that goes back to 2001.
Consisting of 9-14 year old students, they focus on acting, singing, and dancing through musicals and Broadway plays. In 2018, Players is presenting Seussical – which is a celebration of all things Dr. Seuss!
Mark your calendars and catch a great show!
Saturday, Feb. 3: 2pm and 7pm
Sunday Feb. 4: 2pm
Saturday, Feb. 10: 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, Feb. 11: 2pm
Saturday, Feb. 17: 2pm
Sunday, Feb. 18: 1pm (Closing Day Benefit Performance & Party)
South City Car Wash
I understand — your car is your baby, one of the biggest investments you’ll make. I feel the same way, and that’s why I take my ride to South City Car Wash. They’ve been here for more than 40 years (if not more!), and Bob (the owner) has always worked hard to provide the best full-service car wash and detail in South San Francisco. The best part about washing your car is getting someone else to do it, quickly and professionally. Treat yourself!
Luminous Day Spa
What, a roofer can’t be pampered? There’s nothing like working hard all day and capping it off at a spa, am I right?
A great massage is the biggest attraction at Luminous Day Spa, but they also offer other services like facials, foot treatment, waxes, tanning, and teeth whitening. Whether you’re just out to treat yourself or you want to give that special someone something special, Luminous Day Spa will treat you right.
If you’re looking to move into a new home in South San Francisco (or sell your current home), I can’t recommend the team over at Movement Mortgage enough, especially Ed Diaz!
Ed and the Movement Mortgage team make the entire home buying process as stress-free as possible, and they know what they’re doing. From multiple loan programs available, to personal follow up calls to make sure you’re fully in the know, Ed and the Movement Mortgage team look after their clients.
Learn more about Ed and Movement Mortgage with this short video.
Paint With Friends
Looking for a gift for that special someone that’s out of the ordinary?
Drink some wine and explore your artistic side by working on your own masterpiece. Paint With Friends is put on by Parks and Recreation and includes instruction and supplies from Artist on Wheels Studio. You can register for the event here.
Orange Memorial Park
I can’t say enough about this park. Completely modernized and boasting a lot of improvements, there is a ton of stuff to do at Orange Memorial Park & Recreation Center. The playground areas are separated for age appropriateness, with nice, squishy rubber for safe falls. You’ll find a lot of space here, with room set aside for basketball, baseball, tennis, and an aquatic center. There’s a lot more here than I have room to mention, so check it out!
Oyster Point is usually going to be a bit quieter than the other piers, making it a great fishing spot. This is an especially good place to catch sharks and stingrays.
Sign Hill Park
Sign Hill Park is a great spot for a relatively short hike. While this is more a collection of trailheads than a real park, you’ll be rewarded with some pretty spectacular views of the Bay and South San Francisco at the top. Wear good shoes; the dirt trails aren’t that long but they can be pretty steep.
Wind Harp Tower
What is that thing perched on top of the hill?
More than just a pretty monument to admire from this scenic view of the surrounding area, Wind Harp Tower will sing you a tune! As the name implies, it is an “aeolian harp”, a passive instrument that is played by the movement of the wind.
This 92-foot sculpture was designed by Aristides Demetrios in 1967, and you’ll gain the best appreciation for the work by walking around it. If you visit on a breezy day, the rusty steel beams will be singing at their loudest. The Wind Harp Tower does not take song requests however.
Get in the Holiday Spirit
Want to get in the holiday spirit and spread a little cheer amongst your family and friends? Good news is you don’t have to sing loud for all to hear (unlike Buddy the Elf’s advice)…just hop in your car and head out to one of these incredible Christmas light spreads!
Chestnut Christmas Lit Houses has consistently ranked as one of the best displays in our area for years!!!
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
It’s a blast from London’s past at the 35th seasonal Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Filled with music halls, theaters, pubs, dance parties, and shops full of goodies, this is a holiday event you have to experience at least once. Plus, there’s homemade food and drink to keep you happy and full!
Take a look at all the fun at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, here.
SSF Parks and Recreation’s Civic Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
The Parks and Recreation Department’s Civic Ballet will be presenting a limited three showings of The Nutcracker later this month.
The performances will be held at the South San Francisco High School’s theater on Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17th. Tickets can be purchased through the Recreation Office.