Visions of San Francisco; best breakfast, the “crookedist street” and a sad Candlestick Park

 

 

Breakfast of Bacon, avocado and cheese omlet, clam chowder, coffee and Bloody Mary at The Ramp restaurant, a mile south of AT&T Ballpark.

 

 

My spouse Susan and I spent New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day in San Francisco, on two spectacularly sunny, clear and nippy days. On New Year’s Day, we had breakfast at our favorite waterfront restaurant, the Ramp, a mile south of AT&T Park, then journeyed to see one of the crookedist streets in the world and the crookedist street in the City.

Can you guess which street we toured to?  And, no, it’s not the one you think…; unlike its better-known challenger, this one has little traffic and is virtually undiscovered!  Here is the explanation (thanks to Wikipedia):

Vermont Street is a north-south street in the Potrero Hill district of San Francisco, one of a series of streets in the Potrero Hill district named after American states. It begins at Division Street near the South of Market area and runs south, paralleling the U.S. 101 freeway. At 22nd Street Vermont Street jumps to the other side of the freeway via a pedestrian bridge. That piece ends at 25th Street; Vermont resumes at 26th Street back on the east side of the freeway and continues to its south end at Cesar Chavez Street.[1]

Between 20th and 22nd Street, near McKinley Square, the street has seven sharp turns. This has led the street to be dubbed the crookedest in the world in competition with the better-known Lombard Street (Vermont, while steeper than Lombard, has fewer turns).[2] In an episode of Fact or Fiction on the Travel Channel, Jayms Ramirez measured the sinuosity of Lombard and Vermont streets and found that Vermont is indeed more crooked (with a sinuosity of 1.56 versus 1.2 for Lombard Street).[citation needed] This is also backed up by various members of San Francisco’s Department of Public Works on “California’s Gold” episode #13011.[3]

Unlike the famous block of Lombard Street, which is paved with red brick, Vermont Street is paved with concrete.

Vermont Street is featured in a chase scene in the Clint Eastwood movie Magnum Force (1973).[

We then toured further south, through the gritty Hunter’s Point area, and came upon a forlorn Candlestick Park.  Scene of some of the greatest Giant’s victories (heroes like Willie Mays, Juan Marichal and Willie McCovey played here); and The Play took place at “the Stick”, when Joe Montana connected with Dwight Clark for the 49ers Superbowl victory – it sits sadly, with crumbling parking lots, awaiting the wrecker’s ball, to come down for future housing for The City.

Get off the beaten path and explore San Francisco, starting with a brunch or lunch break at The Ramp!

For additional travel destination inspiration, see my blog: http://blogs.eSanJoaquin.com/Valley travel; to contact me, tviall@msn.com.

Happy travels in the West!

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