Noe Valley – A couple of quick food options

Food Options in Noe Valley

You can’t take more than ten steps along 24th Street in Noe Valley without encountering a restaurant.

We wanted to point out two inexpensive spots with vegan options on the menu.

Hahns Hibachi (yes, we know Korean BBQ doesn’t scream vegan options) has jap chae that comes with nicely seared tofu, really fresh broccoli, spinach and carrot mixed in with the noodles. Again, can’t vouch for the piles of meat – we’re just happy that when we’ve gone in for lunch it hasn’t smelled strongly of cooking beef. The Noe location is on Castro Street near 24th Street.

Half a block away, along 24th Street is The Little Chihuahua. Their vegetarian black beans and rice are seasoned well, will fill you up, and will give you a little more spring in your step as you dodge strollers and dogs on your way to the Mission. A close second on the .retool. rating system would be their tofu taco gluten free version, served on a corn tortilla. If you’re super hungry, get both and you’ll still only spend about $7.

Noe Valley

Get to Know a Neighborhood:

Noe Valley and Fitwell Chiropractic Sports Medicine

Later this month we’ll be vending at the Noe Valley Harvest Festival. To get in the mood, we thought we’d do a series of blog posts about some of our favorite things in the neighborhood.  In this installment, we get a little help from official .retool. chiropractor, Dr. Lisa Covey of Fitwell Chiropractic Sports Medicine.

Here at .retool., we are a pretty active bunch (um. pair).  One of us regularly runs very long distances and is a bit of a fitness fiend. The other of us does Ju Jitsu with guys twice his weight.  Needless to say, our bodies take a pounding.

You might not think it, but sewing is surprisingly hard on the body. With all of our extracurricular activities, we sometimes need a little help to stay in tiptop shape so we can keep making cool stuff.

That’s where Lisa comes in.  Jamye found Lisa several years ago and recommended her to me after a martial arts injury.  Lisa was awesome – warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and very skilled.

Her office is in the heart of Noe Valley and here’s what she has to say about the neighborhood (and about being a chiropractor):

Why did you decide to become a chiropractor?

Before ever being adjusted, it was the philosophy of chiropractic that first caught my interest. The primary consideration of which is that the body has an innate capacity to heal itself. I found that to be totally unconventional, simple and in many circumstances true. Then I was adjusted and the rest is history. I have had the great privilege of being in private practice for 13 years and it’s the people I see everyday that makes my job the best in the world.  I meet and get to know so many amazing, interesting and moving people.

What do you do when you’re not busy with adjustments?

When I’m not busy with adjustments I have a two and three year old at home. Between the boys and my surfing wife we go to the beach a lot. At home we dork around in the garden with the greenhouse, vegetable garden, four chickens and worms. I cook and am currently super excited about a couple of micro green trays I just started.

How long have you lived in the Bay Area?

I have lived in the Bay Area since 1997. I moved here to attend chiropractic school and couldn’t believe it took me so long to get here. It’s home.

What do you like most about Noe Valley?

I like the location.  We can walk to the Mission, Castro and Glen Park. I love the sunny warm weather.  I like my neighbors and the small neighborhoody vibe of Noe.

What’s your favorite restaurant/bookstore/park/etc. in Noe Valley?

Honestly, my wife and children would say Happy Donuts.  But I’m a BIG fan of the farmers market.  I’d go every weekend if I could.  It’s a real luxury to have farmers bringing their fresh from the source goods to our community.

What’s your favorite new addition to the neighborhood?

Kind of new would be Celia Sack’s bookstore, Omnivore Books on Food (Church and Cezar Chavez). Although I haven’t been in yet, I think I really might like the new candy store on 24th… Buttons? [ed. – It’s Buttons Candy Bar]  Oh, and how can I forget the soon to be park on 24th, we are super excited about that.

If you didn’t live in Noe Valley, where in SF would you live?

If I didn’t live in Noe Valley I think I would like to live in one of those officer’s houses in the Presidio.  It just looks so idyllic.

What’s your favorite .retool. product?

My wife recently bought the passport wallet which I use as cellphone case/wallet.  I love it because now I carry only the one .retool. phone/wallet thing instead of two separate items (unless I’m carrying a purse, of course).


Thanks Lisa!