For decades, thousands of hungry 49er and Giants fans roamed the San Francisco neighborhoods near Candlestick Park, looking for that perfect pre- or post-game meal.
Although Candlestick is no longer the home of the 49ers (who move to their new, billion dollar digs in Santa Clara in the Fall of 2014), and the Giants haven't played there since 1999, the restaurants are still thriving.
If you're strong enough to weather the Northern California fog, there's plenty of good options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But bring your jacket - unlike sunny, southern California stadiums, Candlestick is perched where the Pacific runs cold and deep. If it isn't foggy at the Stick, it's windy.
Especially in the summer months of baseball, when the hot inland area of California sucks all that cold fog off the Pacific just like the icy air that billows out of refrigerators on a sizzling summer day. Candlestick Park in July is the clearest reasoning behind Mark Twain's famous phrase: "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."
Weather aside, any place that survived a bracing 7.1 magnitude earthquake in 1989 and also hosted the Beatles last live performance deserves a fine send-off. And that's just what San Francisco has planned, from Sir Paul McCartney returning for a concert in August to Joe Montana and Dan Marino recreating their Superbowl duel in a friendly flag football game.
With many events still in the planning stages, grabbing a bite around Candlestick Park is a great idea.
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