The Chapel — Photo courtesy of Ken Friedman
Valencia Street in the Mission is on fire with new hot spots. But if you listen carefully to the whispers of the hippest of hipsters, The Chapel is the heart of this district's endless frenzy of food and fun. Opened in the fall of 2012 with a big-time concert headlined by Elvis Costello and local treasure Glide Memorial Choir, any visitor to San Francisco who is serious about music and food must pay homage to both at The Chapel. A pilgrimage to this gorgeous structure, a completely renovated 1914 mortuary with its original supporting beams, columns and moldings intact, is alone worth a trip.
Visit their website for the most updated music calendar, which often features fantastic blues and jazz since The Chapel is known as Preservation Hall West, that original church of music from down in the bayous of New Orleans. The Mission District offers plenty of food choices, but you can also bring your appetite to The Chapel. The bar bites menu is expanding by the day, and it will soon be a full-fledged restaurant headed by Matt Colgan, the beloved head chef of A Cote restaurant, a San Francisco institution.
So if you find yourself walking the foggy, cold streets of San Francisco, and you need some spicy cajun food to warm your body and some hot New Orleans music to heat your feet, then run - don't walk - to the chapel that welcomes everyone.