Neighborhood Guide: Normal Heights
Diverse menus, coffee, and craft brews are a given, but dig a little deeper to find plenty of hyper-local gems.
Photography by John Dole and Sam Wells
Normal Heights This Month
Country singer Sara Petite
“Return of the Macrame” craft and cocktails workshop
Adams Avenue Unplugged
The culturally varied menu spans South African bobotie to Moroccan tagine. The monthly family-style dinners are a must. (April’s theme is Afghanistan.)
2864 Adams Avenue
Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming
Come for the selection of comic books and gaming merch; stay for a round of Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop games.
3220 Adams Avenue
Mariposa Ice Cream
This old-school ice cream shop, which counts Will Ferrell and Kristen Bell among its fans, specializes in unique flavors, like cappuccino almond fudge.
3450 Adams Avenue
Blind Lady Ale House
BLAH takes the pairing of pizza and beer up a notch with gourmet pie toppings and craft brews. Communal tables make it ideal for groups.
3416 Adams Avenue
Bine & Vine Bottle Shop
This unassuming shop is a holy grail for beer, wine, sake, and cider enthusiasts. Tell them what you like, and the staff can offer interesting and new-to-you beverages.
3334 Adams Avenue
Soda & Swine
Choose to eat your meatballs—whether pork, beef, chicken, or quinoa—via sub, slider, spaghetti, or à la carte in the den-like eatery. Or take it next door to Polite Provisions and enjoy alongside the speakeasy’s signature punchbowl.
2943 Adams Avenue
Like a fruteria straight out of Mexico, this cafe serves fruit salads, smoothies, pressed juices, acai bowls, and the delicious escamocha, a parfait typically of fruit, almonds, and coconut mixed with cream. Still hungry? Try a traditional torta.
4607 30th Street
Armed with one of the best tequila selections in the city, this Mexican restaurant offers a small menu of ceviche, salads, and tacos. Be sure to find a seat on the charming back patio.
2934 Adams Avenue
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
Kauai-born owner Daniel Charlson brings years of experience from the Hawaiian island with small-batch roasts and growlers of cold brew concentrate.
3260 Adams Avenue