meet the neighbors
The TL. The Loin. The Trendy Loin. The Tender Nob. These are just a few of the names informally bestowed on the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's oldest, and arguably most colorful, neighborhoods. Brimming with diverse histories -- the Tenderloin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places -- this stronghold of independently owned businesses in the city is also a mecca for myriad forms of art.
The neighborhood that the San Francisco City Center Hostel calls home is a true melting pot, and in our Meet the Neighbors series we've talked with the people behind the many businesses that give this 'hood so much flavor.
Dim lighting and a warm welcome await any thirsty visitor to the historic Gangway bar on Larkin Street, just three blocks from the San Francisco City Center Hostel. Slinging booze for over a hundred years is no small feat, so for our latest installment of "Meet the Neighbors" we head over to this windowless pub in the heart of the Tenderloin to find out how they spike their punch.
The first words out of Will Otero's mouth are "my mother." They're in response to a question about how he started his business. They're also his most frequently used words during our visit. By the eight or ninth mention of his mama, she appears in the doorway, as he said she would.
Traveling to new countries means an opportunity to sample the authentic cuisine of that culture. But the United States, with her many urban metropolises and history of international immigration, offers more than just traditional American fare. Visitors to any big American city can wander through bustling ethnic neighborhoods where residents combine the flavors of their homelands with the ingredients at hand.