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ShakeDown: ice cream in the TL!

Posted in Around the Bay Area, ice cream with tags , , , on September 16, 2015 by junkfoodie

The Tenderloin in SF has long been known as a seedy area, with a lot of hidden food gems if you know where to look. It is now starting to gentrify, starting with the hipster bars, upscale restaurants and small boutiques. One could always go to the TL and find great Vietnamese food, authentic Thai cuisine, dive bars, hookers, crack or heroin. What it was not known for is a place for great ice cream…until now.

Shakedown outside

Shakedown SF 835 Geary St. SF 94109

Shakedown crew

the Shakedown crew

Shakedown is the coolest ice cream shop in the least likely location. Right in the thick of the TL, you might drive or walk right past it without giving it a second look, and that would be a mistake. The graffiti-style artwork covering the façade might have you mistake the place for another abandoned storefront or the latest skate shop, but inside you will find some fine artisanal ice creams made by some of the most down to earth people selling high end ice cream anywhere. These guys may look like they are running a craft brewery or tattoo parlor, but they are very passionate about their craft.

Ask any of them about their flavors, and you’ll see how much they care as they describe how their S’Mores ice cream is made with housemade marshmallows, graham crackers made from scratch, and chocolate ganache which is whipped up on site.

Order a scoop or two in a waffle cone and you’ll see how carefully they make the cone to order in front of you, delicately removing the hot waffle from the iron, rolling it by hand , then thoughtfully dropping a marshmallow (homemade no doubt) into the bottom of the cone to keep your ice cream from leaking out.

The flavors are some of the most interesting in the City. Their flavors change often, but if you can, try the Pennsyltucky (pieces of walnut chocolate chip pie swirled into bourbon ice cream), Jacker Crack (popcorn infused ice cream with swirls of dulce de leche & crushed peanut brittle), the aforementioned S’mores, or two of my favorites: the Acapulco Gold (pineapple ice cream with Grand Marnier) and the Pineapple Orange Guava sorbet ( made with Pineapple, Cara Cara oranges, SoCal guavas and coconut milk). They do great shakes and imaginative sundaes as well.

shakedown case

Not only do the décor and crew make this place perfect for the neighborhood, it’s also open late: until 11:00PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, Midnight on Fridays, 1:00AM Saturdays, and closed on Tuesday. The best part about this place is it is still relatively under the radar, so no Bi-Rite like lines! Come check it out next time you are in the area, we need to keep these guys around for a while.

Shakedown SF 835 Geary Street SF, CA 94109 (415)374-7523


cheap Japanese food: Akagi Restaurant in San Bruno

Posted in Around the Bay Area with tags , , , on August 22, 2009 by junkfoodie
Broiled mackerel, steak teriaki, sashimi, soup, salad & rice: $8.95!
Broiled mackerel, steak teriyaki, sashimi, soup, salad & rice: $8.95!

I never thought to write about this place because we go so often, and I assumed that everyone already knew about it. It’s not much to look at, and it certainly isn’t the finest Japanese food I’ve ever eaten, but the service is friendly, the prices are downright cheap, and if you order the right things, the food is actually pretty good. When you factor in the portion/quality/price ratio, this has got to be considered a true junkfoodie kind of place. It’s almost always crowded, and you’ll probably hear more Spanish spoken by the staff than Japanese, but we still go a few times a month because it never fails to satisfy. Look at the picture above, and you’ll see the Deluxe Combination dinner for $8.95. Miso soup with seaweed, salad (iceberg lettuce with a few carrot shreds, and miso dressing), rice and takuan come with each dinner. The regular combinations are $7.95, and allow you to choose two entree items. I almost always choose the three items: sashimi, beef teriyaki and broiled salted mackerel. The sashimi was sparkling fresh, the beef is actually a small steak, medium rare (you have to request medium rare), and the mackerel was perfectly cooked and pleasantly oily. The other items aren’t bad, but the tempura is hit or miss for me depending on who’s cooking, and the tonkatsu is sometime overcooked. I’ve tried every entree choice on the menu, but I usually stick with the three I mentioned above.

The place is very kid friendly, and you’ll see loads of families, especially on the weekend. The kid’s teriyaki dinner includes a salad, rice, a decent portion of teriyaki chicken, some vegetable tempura, and a few pieces of surimi and a piece of tamago for only $3.50!
The sushi can be suprisingly good, just ask what’s fresh. Great prices, very friendly service and satisfying Japanese food in a hole in the wall= one of my go-to favorites. It’s hard to find, located on a small street parallel to El Camino Real.
Akagi Restaurant 713 Camino Plz. San Bruno, CA 94066