Haute Secrets: Willie Brown Shares His Guide to San Francisco

Willie Brown
Willie Brown at the White House

Willie Brown needs no introduction for who doesn’t know the legendary and always so stylish man who was San Francisco’s mayor from 1996-2004? Therefore, let’s get right to his favorite San Francisco haunts.

Where were you born? Mineola, Texas

How long in San Francisco: Since August 4,1951

Neighborhood: I lived in NOPA, Western Addition, Potrero Hill, Haight/ Ashbury, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill and now I live in SOMA.

Occupation: Lawyer – transformed politician, Speaker of the House, Mayor

Favorite Restaurant: Kokkari

Best Sushi: I only eat burned food; that kills the possibility of defects

Best Italian: North Beach Restaurant

Best dessert: Kokkari’s Greek cookies

Best place for a romantic date: 16 Jessie Street, aka where my girlfriend lives

Best Sunday brunch: Top of the Mark

Best place for a power business meeting: The Battery

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? St. Regis

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Wilkes Bashford

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Shreve & Co.

Best Spa: Nob Hill Spa

Favorite Charity Event: PAWS [Pets are Wonderful Support for People with AIDS/ARC]

Favorite Cultural Event: San Francisco Opera Opening Gala

Favorite Cultural Institution: Fine Arts Museums and MOAD

Best Steakhouse: Ruth’s Chris

Best Pizza: Jersey on 2nd street

Best Lunch: Le Central

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: The St. Regis fitness center

Best Massage: Remède Spa at The St. Regis

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Bauer

Best Museum/Exhibit: Palace of Fine Arts

Describe your city in three words: It Is Awesome

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Chinatown

All-around favorite spot in San Francisco: City Hall

Best Aspect of San Francisco: Its people