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Monday, February 10, 2014

S.F.'s Longest Food and Drink Lines, Ranked

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM


The latest entry in the annals of San Francisco line-waiting came over the weekend, when many waited for more than an hour in the rain for a chance at a day-old bagel. The bagels in question had pedigree -- they'd been overnighted from New York's legendary deli Russ & Daughters by pop-up chefs Sonya Haines and Wes Rowe -- but the Eastside Bagels team wasn't prepared for the crowds that showed up at Dear Mom on Saturday morning, and a clusterfuck commenced.

Then again, it's no secret that San Franciscans like to wait in lines. In light of this latest entry, we've ranked the city's food and drink lines*, taking into account such factors as line location, ratio of tourists to locals, swiftness of line movement, and greatness of reward at the end. Behold, the clearly definitive, soon-to-be-gospel list:

29. Sushirrito

28. Toronado (Barleywine Festival)

27. Ghirardelli Square ice cream counter (sunny days)

26. Mama's

25. El Farolito at Mission & 24th (after last call)

24. Curry Up Now/Senor Sisig (FiDi weekday lunch)

23. Dottie's True Blue Cafe

22. Mission Chinese Food

21. Roli Roti (Ferry Plaza Saturday Market)

20. Zazie

19. Blue Bottle (Mint Plaza)

18. Del Popolo (any event)

17. The Plow

16. Brenda's French Soul Food

15. flour + water

14. Four Barrel Coffee

13. Ike's Place

12. Wise Sons Deli

11. Biergarten (sunny days)

10. Bob's Donuts

9. Bi-Rite Creamery (Mission)

8. Burma Superstar

7. Mission Beach Cafe

6. Swan's Oyster Depot

5. Bi-Rite Creamery (Divisadero)

4. Blue Bottle (Ferry Building)

3. State Bird Provisions

2. Toronado (Pliny the Younger keg)

1. Tartine Bakery

*To clarify, this is not a list of the longest lines in S.F. (if that were the case, obviously Bi-Rite Mission, Mama's, etc. would be at the top), but rather a ranking of the lines themselves and the experience of waiting in each.

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Anna Roth

Anna Roth

Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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