What can I say, I love this place. Great food at reasonable prices, lots of organic stuff, free samples, and Two Buck Chuck - their famous $1.99 bottles of Charles Shaw wine.
The lines move surprisingly fast considering this place is almost always crowded. They keep their shelves well-stocked and have never run out of anything I've tried to find.
Cashiers seem to be genuinely happy to be working. Very friendly and talkative.
Parking lot is small, so occassionally you'll have to wait 5 or 10 minutes to get parking.
If you're going to be in the Carmel, Monterey area, do yourself a favor and don't miss this attraction. The first thing you should do is the 17 mile drive. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a close second.
Adults will love the intricate marine life knowledge that you'll gain from viewing the exhibits. Children will love the many hands-on exhibits available.
The place is also not too big, so you don't need to spend a whole day here. Two hours should suffice for most.
There is no designated parking lot, so you'll have to find street parking or lot parking a few blocks away.
The good: The San Francisco Public Library allows you to reserve books and tapes, etc. on-line, so that once that item becomes available somewhere in the San Francisco library system, they'll ship it to the Main Library and you can go pick it up. As long as you know exactly what you want, you don't need to waste time rummaging through the library.
The bad: Because of it's not-so-great location near the Tenderloin, etc., this library gets a lot of homeless traffic. It's open to the public, so what do you expect. The effect is such that the library seems to smell terrible all the time (especially the bathrooms).
Additionally, if at all possible try to avoid driving and parking at the library. For one thing, the parking lot is small so it's hard to find spots anyway. More annoyingly though, homeless people are always trying to help you find parking spots and wash your windows, so you'll feel extremely harassed.
This ia an amazing newly renovated course, with reasonable access from the city of San Francisco or from the rest of the Peninsula (right off the 280 freeway).
It is a lot more expensive than before, but well worth it because of all the improvements made. Pony up and buy the San Francisco residents card to get the discount. It will pay for itself after just a few rounds.
For those of you not familiar with the Sunset District, be warned - it can get very chilly, windy, and un "sunny" in the Sunset District, so dress appropriately.
This theather has 25 screens, so chances are, if you want to see a mainstrem flick, it will be playing here.
Another big advantage of this theater is the multitude of dining options in the same strip mall - steakhouses, healthy food (Fresh Choice), sushi, fast food (Quiznos, In and Out Burger), casual dining-- you name it, it's probably here.
The downside of all these dining options, is that parking is absolutely horrendous. Especially for a suburban movie theater. I guess too many stores, too few parking spots is the problem.
So I suppose the word of advice here is arrive early, drop your friends/family off at the convenient curbside drop-off/pick-up spot, and bring your walking shoes, because you'll probably have quite a hike.
This theater has great screens and great stadium seating - so if you're in the mood for an "event" picture (i.e. Star Wars, Spiderman, etc.), by all means come here for the great sound and festive atmosphere.
However, the price you pay is expensive parking (across the street in a garage), expensive tickets (no matinee pricing), large crowds, and lots of noise. Sometimes, movies are sold out well in advance of start time.
If you want to see a lower profile movie, go somewhere else, and save yourself some money, stress, and time.
I take my Audi here for my routine maintenance work covered by warranty (first 4 years or 50,000 miles). These guys do a pretty decent job in a quick and efficient manner. I usually drop off first thing in the morning, and the work is done by mid-morning.
Some big pluses about this place-
1. They are not afraid to tell you to go somewhere else for a generic replacment, if it's going to be cheaper elsewhere (I just changed my tires).
2. They wash the exterior of your car for free, but don't forget to ask, as sometimes they'll forget to do it before returning your car.
3. Saturday appointments are readily available, but make sure you go early.
4. They give you a $25 credit to use towards cab fare or rental car. Just give them your receipts when you pick up your car, and they give you cash.
Now I know Ross is a discount store, so you're not expecting it to be a glamorous store to be shopping in. But I've been to Ross in Alameda and other SF locations, and they have never been as messy or unorganized as this location in downtown San Francisco. Unfortunately, it might have something to do with the clientele and the location (it's a few blocks from some pretty sketchy neighborhoods).
I would recommend staying away if at all possible because of the mess and the extremely long checkout lines.
This store is one of the smaller Barnes and Noble stores I've ever seen. As you'd thus expect, the selection is not great. And the noise level is extremely high for a bookstore, between the just too loud music coming from the coffee shop, and the constant chatter of people there more to socialize than actually study or read.
However, if you know exactly what you want and you know its readily available (i.e. popular book or you've called ahead to verify it is in stock), this place might be worth a visit only because the parking is so easy (large parking lot in strip mall) and it is easily accessible from HIghway 280.
Great skiing, especially if you're an advanced intermediate looking to conquer black diamonds for the first time (read: you're getting bored with intermediate blues, but not quite ready to challenge double blacks). If that's you, this is the perfect place for you to practice on Northstar's nice long, and relatively wide, single black diamond runs on the backside of the mountain.
Parking is easy, especially with their frequently running shuttle service. Additionall, there is a run that you can ski that takes you right to the parking lot at the end of the day.