Local Counsel with Benjamin E. Shiftan

The San Francisco attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Published in 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers magazine

By Benjamin E. Shiftan on July 8, 2016


Favorite watering hole  –  Lion Pub in Pacific Heights. They have amazing greyhounds. The lion statue is pretty cool, too.

Best restaurant  –  Amber India in the Financial District. The Nalli Vindaloo is pretty life-changing. 

Weekend getaway  –  Skiing in Tahoe (ideally, Kirkwood Mountain).

Favorite historical site in San Francisco  –  Night tour of Alcatraz. “The Rock” is awesome any time you visit, but taking a night tour adds a whole new layer of creepiness.

Best deli  –  Toss-up between Diller’s downtown and Miller’s on Polk Street.

Best view  –  Seems incredibly cliché, but you cannot beat a view of the sun setting behind the Golden Gate Bridge.

Favorite park  –  Golden Gate Park, during the Outside Lands Music Festival. There is always a top-rate and eclectic mix of bands.

Best place for people-watching  –  The annual Bay to Breakers race. Sure, some people run the 7 miles, but most people just use it as an opportunity to wear the wildest costumes they can find.

Favorite local shop  –  Marine Layer. Great local store that has the softest T-shirts and sweaters.

Favorite coffee shop  –  Another Café in Nob Hill. Best bagels in the city.

Favorite pizza joint  –  Tough call, as SF is a great pizza city. Probably Delarosa in the Marina. Try the meatballs.

Toughest hike  –  Probably North Peak of Mount Diablo in the East Bay. Phenomenal workout. Make sure you bring enough water.

Best Friday happy hour  –  83 Proof in SoMa. Order the dark and stormy.

Best Mexican restaurant  –  Velvet Cantina in the Mission. Cool atmosphere and delicious queso.

Out-of-town guests are impressed with  –  Literally everything. Hence, everyone is moving here.

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