Name: Dr. Sean O’Grady
Gig: Health Director, Chiropractor, Hacky Hour Organizer, Quantified Self member
Neighborhood: South Park, SOMA
What are you up to these days? We’ve been busy adding services to Syntropy (acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, nutrition, fitness) so I’m there a lot of the time. But outside of the practice, I like working with folks from Quantified Self, Sheepdog Sciences, and the sensored meetups building gadgets and talking health geekery.
Where would you have your last meal on earth? Definitely Frances. As I write this, they have applewood smoked bacon beignets with maple chive creme fraiche. I can barely type that out without my mouth watering. An order of those and a seat at the bar beside my wife Amanda and I could die happy.
Where do you get your local gossip? Most of it comes from my patients, but for my geek fix, I use hacker news; for my local fix, I use The Bold Italic (of course!); and for the word on the street, I just take a stroll through South Park at lunch.
Where's your go-to date place? Beretta has a strong showing in our rotation lately. We’re hooked on the meatballs (so good with the onion herb bread)! They also know how to make a good cocktail... I’m told you can tell just by the way the bartenders shake them.
Why do you love your neighborhood? South Park is an amazing little nook in the city that most people are surprised to stumble upon. I love strolling through at lunchtime and seeing my neighbors, chatting with patients, and getting to enjoy the greenery with all the interesting folks who live and work there.
Where's your secret spot? My go-to spot is a view of SF from a gap at the top of Noe St. near 28th. I can see the entire city without having to duck photographers and it’s the best way to tell what the weather is going to be like when I get down to South Park.
What's your favorite under-the-radar SF restaurant? La Ciccia is a sneaky favorite for its sardines and olive oil (we can’t get enough). It’s an intimate and authentic Sardinian restaurant that’s been around for a long time in Noe Valley.
Where do you go to relax and get away from it all? My wife and I enjoy taking urban hikes through Glen Park. At the right time of year, you can find all kinds of berries up there and it feels completely isolated from the city. There’s also a tire swing that sits on a hill overlooking all of SF.
What's your favorite SF institution? I love a cup of Philz Coffee every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Silken Splendor medium does the trick.
What local merchant have you been meaning to check out? This is a weird one because I usually don’t like shopping but I’m excited to check out Taylor Stitch because I have long arms and I hear they make custom men’s shirts.
What would you change about SF? Traffic lights – it would be great to see more timed lights like on Valencia so that biking as a primary mode of transportation becomes more predictable and efficient.