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The Thompson Diner is the restaurant counterpart to the swanky Thompson hotel, located in the trendy King West Village district. Home to the offices of One Method, Cossette and other creative agencies, the area is teeming with artistic and eclectic shops, restaurants and clubs (I’m talking about Spin Galactic, the ping pong club founded by Susan Sarandon – how amazing is that?!). While some elements of the traditional diner remain – vinyl booths, servers dressed in gingham and unbeatable milkshakes – it is clear that they have revamped the concept with an eye for a more modern look suitable for the times.
Boudin Sourdough Bakery is a staple of Fisherman’s Wharf, one San Francisco’s many lovely tourism cesspools. Although you may be too cool to enjoy Fisherman’s Wharf, you may as well eat delicious food while being surrounded by tourists. It’s a simple concept of course. Fresh and delicious sourdough bread baked on site and transported around a busy restaurant by a series of moving ceiling trams and bread baskets on hooks… did I say simple? Although I’d never heard of Boudin, everyone else in line certainly had and were ferociously snatching up mugs, t shirts and other memorabilia from the gift shop.