It doesn’t get more wonderfully, if stereotypically, “San Francisco” than this dinner-and-show destination featuring an multicourse meal and world-famous transgender stars. A popular spot for bachelorette and birthday parties, dates, and curious tourists, this joint on a gritty stretch of SoMa gets you in and out with enough time to leisurely enjoy your meal and catch bar-top lip-sync performances and dancing by talents that are truly gifted at their craft. (Despite the high kicks and sashays on a miniscule space, owner, Skip Young, says only two girls have actually fallen off the bar in their 15-year history.) Truth be told, the meal isn’t the draw here. But it really doesn’t matter. It’s plenty good enough and the performance more than makes up for any magic the kitchen lacks. For small groups, the mènage a trois menu gets you three dishes from a mouthwatering list, including sake steamed mussels, sesame steak salad, miso glazed king salmon served over black “forbidden” rice, truffled soba noodles, and “baby got back” ribs. It’s a lot of fun and, believe it or not, kids are welcome at the first seating. Note: You must dine to see the show.
- Erika Lennert