Got an itch to go explore new places, but only an afternoon’s worth of time? Our new Bay Area Daytripper series explores the fun to be had in our own backyard, including some unexpectedly great places to hike, grab a bite or indulge in a sip or two — starting in Daly City.
Daly City may be known as the gateway to Silicon Valley, but it’s way more than that. The largest city in San Mateo County also boasts pristine coastal parks, great dim sum and a new brewery and taproom. Here’s how to spend a wonderful afternoon there and still make it home before dark.
With an afternoon hike ahead, you’ll want to fuel up beforehand. Head for Beit Rima, the San Francisco Arabic comfort food spot that recently opened its third location on the Peninsula in Westlake Center. Chef-owner Samir Mogannam crafts homey classics like beef kabob alongside modern dishes, like whole fried branzino dredged in spiced semolina. But we’re going for the Mezze Sampler ($18), which gets you four dips, including muhammara and hummus, with pickles, falafel and olives. Don’t miss fresh-baked bread ($5), topped with zaa’tar and sumac, for dipping.
Details: Open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Monday at 504 Westlake Center; www.beitrimasf.com.
Hike the bluffs
Walk it off at Thornton State Beach, where John Daly Boulevard meets Skyline Boulevard. There, you can park for free and take in the stunning views of coastline and crashing waves. Erosion has partially eaten away at the cliffs and the State Park system has closed beach access here. So be careful and make sure you stick to the lush, vein-like paths at Thornton Beach Vista — which is run by the city — or walk north towards Mar Vista Stables, where hikers and horseback riders descend ¾ of a mile to the sand. If those last several yards seem steep, stop midway, park yourself on a rock and just enjoy the view.
Details: Thornton Beach Road at Skyline Boulevard; www.californiabeaches.com/beach/thornton-state-beach
Grab a beer at Gilman Brewing Co., where you’ll find up to 24 suds on tap ($3.50-$7.50), including a lineup of stellar saisons, Belgians and a dessert-like Blackberry Milkshake Hazy IPA. Want real dessert? In addition to a full menu of starters, sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas, the Berkeley-based craft brewery offers a killer chocolate-stout brownie and a gelato di buffalo with fennel cookies.
Details: Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends at 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite 180; https://gilmanbrew.com.