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Food: San Francisco’s North Beach

I’m conflicted about North Beach, San Francisco’s traditionally Italian neighborhood and popular tourist destination. It’s where my father grew up and his father before him. My great grandfather, an Italian immigrant and photographer, built both his home and studio there. I lived in the city for several years and North Beach is where I’d go to eat or drink. But when it comes to recommending typically popular tourist spots, I’m not the guy to see. My slant is select, and based on years of repeated visits at specific haunts and restaurants.

An excellent starting point for any North Beach visit is climbing either Telegraph or Russian Hill. San Francisco offers ridiculously beautiful views at almost every turn, and you need only start hiking to discover them.

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