Pride: Where to Eat Within Walking Distance of the Action
Grab & Go: Tried and true, Ike's Place (3506 16th St., 415-553-6888, ilikeikesplace.com) is still the best way to go if you're on the move and need to show those hunger pangs who's boss. For a snack during a stint as a Dyke March spectator, devour a Napoleon Complex, or rip into the barbecued deliciousness of a Do You Smell What Barack Is Cooking? on your way to the Frameline Film Festival. Just call in your order so lines don't cramp your style.
Lunch: As soon as you've seen too many rainbow-print banana hammocks, duck into Starbelly (3583 16th St., 415-252-7500, starbellysf.com) for some Californian comfort food and a laid back, light-filled ambiance. This sister restaurant to Beretta is making a name for itself with its delicious pizzas, sandwiches and salads made with organic ingredients perfect for lunch amidst the chaotic madness outside. Sip a Michelada with your roasted porchetta sandwich, or share an andouille sausage pizza with your Pride partners in crime. Above all, don't miss their smooth salted caramel pot de creme.
Cocktail Hour: When you need a break from all the beers and Jack and Cokes you've been guzzling all week, stop by Pisco Latin Lounge (1817 Market St., 415-874-9951, piscosf.com) to tickle your tongue with sophisticated cocktails like the Pretty Lil' Princess and the Mariposa Borracha, both at the all-day bargain price of $6, so indulging in their ceviche or house-made chorizo won't seem so steep. If you don't want to stray too far from all the action, squeeze into Blackbird (2124 Market St., 415-503-0630, blackbirdbar.com) during their happy hour for a few of their quenching concoctions like their smoky Chipotle Bloody Mary (drinking your vegetables can be just as good as the real thing) or their cherry & apple flavored Slurrrpe.
The Hangout: You'd be a fool not to jump on Café Flore's (2298 Market St., 415-621-8579, cafeflore.com) bandwagon of Pride week specials. The weekend of the Pride parade, Café Flore is opening their kitchen at 7am to feed the hungry hordes from their delectable brunch and dinner menus before festivities go into full swing, and from 9pm 'til they close cocktails will be a mere $5 so you can hang out and watch the parade with a good buzz.
Late Night: The Castro is well stocked with food options if you find yourself partying 'til the break of dawn. Almost nothing tastes better with a belly full of booze than a hot slice of pizza from Marcello's (420 Castro St., 415-863-3900, marcellospizzasf.com) who serve drunken revelers until 2 am on weekends and 1 am on weekdays. If you're planning to stay glued to the bar scene until last call, you can hit up Orphan Andy's (3991 17th St., 415-864-9795). Slip some quarters into the jukebox and order anything from classic burgers to pancakes to chicken fried steak served hot 24 hours a day.
The Morning After: The perfect place to both erase last night's debauchery with a dose of sophistication and get your hair of the dog is Absinthe (398 Hayes St., 415-551-1590, absinthe.com) in Hayes Valley. They have a brunch menu fit for kings with their legendary Absinthe burger, caviar-topped deviled eggs and duck confit hash, along with a cocktail menu to get your mind up and running again. Settle into one of their red velvet booths with an ice-cold Galapagos and you'll start to feel human again.