Now: When the fog isn't around, this stretch of shops and restaurants seems quaint and sunny. It's a sidewalk destination for residents of the adjacent hilly residential neighborhoods, but probably missed entirely by most visitors to San Francisco.
Then: The Muni Tunnel carrying trains from under Twin Peaks through West Portal opened in 1918.
How To Get There: The K, L, and M Muni lines all emerge from the tunnel at the mouth of West Portal Avenue. For driving, you can usually park on the residential streets around Vicente Street, curving up from West Portal just west of the Muni tunnel.
Spiazzo Ristorante on West Portal Avenue
The Music Store, on West Portal Avenue between Ulloa and Vicente Streets
The Village Grill on West Portal, offering Irish Breakfast
Ulloa Street between Claremont Boulevard and West Portal Avenue
West Portal Avenue near Vicente Street and the Cine Arts at the Empire
Parking lot on West Portal Avenue
Cine Arts at the Empire Movie Theater on West Portal Avenue
Sidewalk along West Portal, looking east
WineStyles on West Portal near Ulloa Street
Starbucks on West Portal Avenue
Bursa Kebabs Mediterranean and Turkish Cuisine on West Portal
Cafe For All Seasons
Eezy Freezy Market on West Portal near Ulloa Street
Fuji Japanese and Sushi Bar on West Portal at 14th Avenue
GG's Flowers, Gifts, and Jewelry on West Portal
The Greenhouse Cafe on West Portal
Harmony Audio and Video on West Portal Avenue between 14th and 15th Avenues
Mozzarella di Bufala Pizzeria on West Portal Avenue