Here's a little piece of grilling heaven—right in the city. Perched on a grassy expanse nearly the size of a soccer field, Fort Miley is a geographic slice of gastronomic delight hidden behind Lands End. To reach its solo grill, make a short climb up a road through a dense forest, then emerge onto a private plateau with giant views of Ocean Beach all the way down Sloat Boulevard. This is a truly secluded playground, so bring the bocce, the burgers, and your best suds and buds. While there, explore the WWII military structures and stroll north up a little path that leads to a fresh, stellar view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Fort Miley grill is often available for walk-ins, especially on weekdays.
Or you can reserve the space through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (details at weekendsherpa.com). We're actually a little sorry to give such a sweet spot away. Maybe we can keep this secret just between us?
ALTERNATIVE: If Fort Miley is booked, a good nearby alternative is China Beach.
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