Upper Fillmore Street’s
Located in the second-wealthiest neighborhood in the U.S. (Greenwich, Connecticut is first), the popular Upper Fillmore Street shopping area is lined with trendy boutiques, restaurants, and coffeehouses. Thrift stores keep it real.
Bounded by: Between Jackson St. & Ellis St., in Lower Pacific Heights.
Upper Fillmore Street attractions
D & M Wine and Liquor Co.
2200 Fillmore St.
This is a don’t miss for the most mind-boggling selection of whiskeys and champagnes in town.
Upper Fillmore Street restaurants
Jackson Fillmore Trattoria
2506 Fillmore St./Jackson St.
Those who show up at this trattoria without reservations usually find themselves standing in a line that stretches out the door; complimentary bruchetta and wine are sometimes provided to take the edge off. Even those with reservations can wind up sitting at cramped tables or on a stool at the counter. However, the exceptional antipastos and pastas make it all worthwhile. Cloud-like gnocchi, fresh fish items, and truffle dishes are options. A stellar and now hard-to-find hot zabaglione classico fresh from the stovetop makes a heavenly dessert. Though made with just egg yolks, sugar, white wine, and Sherry, it is a show stopper. Don’t miss it. A cold version is also available.
2123 Fillmore St.
This small, narrow venue features high ceilings and windows, a variety of seating options, and a scrumptious menu. Diners order at the counter near a mouth-watering display of baked goods. You can’t go wrong with the combo plate, most especially the veggie chopped salad combined with a tomato-basil-mozzarella-pesto panini. More tasty possibilities include a Nicoise salad, Asian chicken salad, and Duroc ham-Gruyere panini. Oh yeah, those pastries. I thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate chip toffee cookie, and plan to try the chocolate cherry cake next time.
La Boulangerie San Francisco, on Pine Street
2325 Pine St./Fillmore St.
After being purchased by and then discarded by Starbucks, the original La Boulange location is back with a slightly different name–La Boulangerie San Francisco. It presents a good selection of delicious bread, sandwiches, and pastries. I got my fix with an almond croissant and a salami-and-pickle sandwich. Only a few tables are available. Perhaps pick up items to take home or a picnic to enjoy in nearby Alta Plaza Park, about 4 blocks away.
Upper Fillmore Street area hotel
2231 Pine St./Fillmores St. 3 rooms. Continental breakfast. No pets.
This 19th-century farmhouse has one guest room in the main house and two in an adjacent artist’s studio. Style is contemporary with fluffy white duvets.
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