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Ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

The elegant interior of new Presidio restaurant Dixie (photo: courtesy Dixie)

With summer in full swing (resulting in those little accidents from skinned knees to fractured bones), there may not be a cure for the summertime blues, but the Marina now has a cure for your summertime bruise!

Golden Gate Urgent Care just opened at the corner of Scott and Lombard and in a few short weeks is already earning five-star reviews on Yelp. Their brand new facility is thoroughly modern and the interior is as bright and cheerful as their kind staff.

Drs. Kurt Kunzel and M.J. Connell are both highly trained with a wealth of emergency care experience. Dr. Kunzel has been the director of emergency services at Novato Community Hospital for over 30 years, and Dr. Connell has been an affiliated emergency physician with CPMC and Sutter Terra Linda Urgent Care for the past eight years and worked at John Muir Medical Center’s Level 2 Trauma Center for 10 years. Besides their wealth of experience, they bring the latest technology to their new facility, with on-site diagnostic and screening, and even better, no waiting around in a traditional ER for hours on end.

So whether you have a bruise or a break, sports injury or a rash, or are suffering from the latest summer cold passed around at work or by the kids, now you can get quality urgent care right here in the neighborhood.

Golden Gate Urgent Care takes most forms of insurance, all major credit cards and checks, and they are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Golden Gate Urgent Care: 2395 Lombard Street (at Scott), 415-796-2242,

If it really is blues you are hankering for, or at least some Southern hospitality, Dixie at Chestnut and Lyon (in the Letterman Digital Arts Center) may be the cure for you. This new restaurant by acclaimed chef Joseph Humphrey (Meadowood, Cavallo Point) in the former Pres a Vi space won’t be serving Southern fare, despite its name, so don’t be expecting blues and barbecue. What you will find is Humphrey’s personal cuisine inspired by the bounty of local and sustainably raised products, direct from the purveyor, creatively prepared with just a hint of his Southern heritage from North Florida and his time spent in New Orleans. That’s all being served with, in Humphrey’s own words, “a genuine sense of hospitality, a deeply rooted connection to the land and where food comes from, and a relaxed level of sophistication.”

Dixie was expected to open in fall of last year, but all good things come to those who wait. You will find a great cocktail list featuring seasonal ingredients and a carefully crafted wine list to compliment Humphrey’s cuisine. The menu changes often, sometimes daily, but a recent sampling had starters from $12 to $15, and main courses ranged from black cod served with bourbon and red miso with leeks, faro and buttermilk for $22; to Wagyu beef with yellow grits, buttered green beans, and roasted shallots for $25. There is also a Chef’s Tasting Menu offered at $72, with wine pairings for an additional $54.

Dixie is open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner Monday thru Thursday and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Dixie: One Letterman Drive (Chestnut at Lyon), The Presidio, 415-829-3363,

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