The expert: David “Hooker” Williams, owner of Hooker’s Sweet Treats (442 Hyde St.) and Tenderloin resident.
Emperor Norton’s BoozeLand: “My favorite new bar from the owners of Bender’s has shuffleboard, a pool table, vintage wallpaper, leather booths, and even a private garden in back.” 510 Larkin St. (near Turk St.)
Olive: “The kitchen puts out awesome pizzas from dough made in-house. I get the Captain Hook (rye, ginger beer, bitters, and candied ginger) cocktail that’s named after me.” 743 Larkin St. (near O’Farrell St.), 415-776-9814
Mr. Crave Bistro + Café: “The Cova Hotel restaurant is totally redone, and the Niman Ranch burger is excellent. It comes with housemade pickles and a perfect brioche bun.” 655 Ellis St. (near Larkin St.), 415-321-8899
Originally published in the October 2013 issue of San Francisco