A Kid-Friendly Afternoon in The Mission District
Begin a La Taqueria (2889 Mission St). I heard about this place from my brother who lived in Mexico for two years. Apparently it was voted the "Best Burrito in America," and I have to say that I agree. Cash only, there's always a line but it moves fast. Ask for your burrito "dorado" (it means fried).
A little background on The Mission district because it’s an interesting part of San Francisco history. This area used to be populated by a mostly Latin-American population.
The area became the cool techie hipster place to live and has increased in price by an amazing amount. One reason is because of its proximity to Fidi (Financial District). Another reason is the tech busses that take the techies from SF to Apple, Facebook, or Google, which are all in San Jose.
As a result, there is a huge housing struggle going on. The people who have lived here forever are protected by rent control. One tenant could be paying $400/month if they have rent control and the next tenant $4000. Enter the arsonists. The Mission district has had a big problem with people doing whatever it takes to get long-time tenants out so they can cater to the techie people who can drop 4k/month on a tiny apartment. However, both the techies and the Latin-American people like Mexican food, so the Mexican food seems to be here to stay.
Once you're done with your burrito, go join the hipsters at Mission Dolores Park. There's a delicious ice cream spot near here called Bi-Rite Creamery. If it's too dark for the park, you could always check out Urban Putt. It's indoor mini-golf with SF landmarks as obstacles. Kids are welcome until 8 pm. After 8 pm it's adults-only. Hours: Mon-Fri 4-12, Sat/Sun: 11 am-12. Cost: $12/adult, $8/6-12, under 5 free.