We Wanna Be Friends With: Broke-Ass Stuart

We Wanna Be Friends With: Broke-Ass Stuart


Our city is chock-full of interesting people and wild personalities. Overwhelmed by the coolness? Every week we'll pick one standout local we'd love to be friends with to answer seven essential questions about their life in San Francisco.

Although some may not think being a perma "broke-ass" is a good thing, anyone who knows Stuart Schuffman can tell you it's actually pretty badass. After writing two books, managing a website, starring in his own IFC show, and magically popping up at every open bar ever held in all of San Francisco, we think Stuart has done pretty well for a self-proclaimed broke-ass. 

Stuart writes for the, "young, broke, and beautiful" (including The Weeknighter series for us!) and along with being flattered by the "young" part, we are totally inspired by his commitment to the working-class party people that make our city great, and couldn't wait to hear his answers to the We Wanna Be Friends With Q&A

1. What neighborhood do you currently call home? Would you ever move or are you happy in your 'hood?

I live on the Mission/SoMA border. I call it the Smission. It's pretty amazing, I can walk almost everywhere. Would I ever move? Are you fucking kidding me? Have you seen what rent is like now? There's no way I'm moving. Plus, I love where I live.

2. What's your hands-down, absolute favorite thing to eat in SF?

Wow, that's really tough. If it was my last meal on Earth I'd do some really ridiculous over the top tasting menu at like Coi or Fleur de Lys. But my favorite thing to eat in SF is nearly impossible to decide. My list is never ending, but right now I'm craving Tartine's country bread, toasted with some salted butter on it. Oh my goodness, yes.

3. What's your perfect night on the town?

A perfect night is one where I hop around to tons of different events and mingle with all sorts of different crowds. Like an art show, to a restaurant opening, to a house party, to a bar to an after-hours party at a warehouse. One of my favorite nights ever started at a book release party at Green Apple, then I went to party in a friend's backyard where we drank around a bonfire. I met a rad lady at the bonfire and then we went to Spec's, and then ended up at the Lusty Lady. Rad, right?

4. When you need a low-key afternoon, where do you go for down time?

Dolores Park of course. But also, it's nice to go to a cafe and read. Recently I had a visitor from Chicago and one Sunday afternoon she and I bought the paper and went to Momi Toby's in Hayes Valley and just hung out and read the Chronicle. Did you know that they still print the newspaper?

5. What's your favorite place to go on a day trip from the city?

There are so many good day trip options! These days I'm in love with the Russian River area. It's like our Catskills. I wish I were up there right now, actually.

6. Quick-fire round:

Burrito or Burger?


Presidio or Golden Gate Park?


Bi-Rite or Mitchell's?


Bike or MUNI?


Fort Mason or Dolores Park? 

Dolores Park. 

The Independent or the Fillmore?

The Independent. 

Baker Beach or Ocean Beach?

Fuck, I never make it to the beach.

7. Three words that describe your life in SF?

So fucking blessed.


Want more Stuart?

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