Saturday, January 22, 2011

An Arab Quarter

An Arab Quarter, originally uploaded by deanv41.

This may be the only Yemeni Restaurant i've ever seen, the place there on the right. It's at Sutter Street and Larkin. I haven't eaten there yet, but imagine it serves kabobs and mezze i'd generally recognize as Middle Eastern, perhaps influenced by the foods of the African Horn. This part of Nob Hill, or more properly Lower Nob Hill and down into The Tenderloin, has quite a Muslim influence. There are Halal butchers, many specialty markets, and far-reaching cuisines like Bang San's Halal Thai Restaurant, a superb spot by The Great American Music Hall on O'Farrell Street. In this view you can also see the Persian Market on the far corner with its yellow facade, Farsi signage, arched windows. Of any area of The City, it is here you are most likely to see women in hijab and families on their way to the mosque. Perversely, it is also San Francisco's Red Light District, variously cracked out, ginned up, preserved in amber, and a magnet for disenfranchised immigrants and artists on the edge.

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