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Best No-BS Banh Mi

We're happy that the best thing to come out of colonialism in Southeast Asia has gone from a cheap comfort food into a high-end culinary attraction top chefs tinker with and put on their menus. But like a pile of…
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Best First-Wave Cup of Coffee

For generations, coffee was not a phenomenon of terroir, where the knowledge of the farmers' methods and the backstory behind each hand-selected bean was worth the $15 price of admission. The current pour-over wave, while admirable for the care for…
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Best Edible Russian Roulette

If you're the sort who cannot eat eggs unless they're drenched in Tapatío, you may be of the mind that nothing is too hot to handle. That's where Sakesan Bistro's "Gambler Roll" comes into play. The roll — a tasty…
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The Chain We Wouldn't Object to If It Conquered the World

San Francisco's formula-retail law bans companies with more than 11 locations worldwide from setting up shop in certain neighborhoods. Sooner or later, a homegrown chain is going to bump against this ordinance from the other side on its way to…
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Best Pop-Up That Became a Brick-and-Mortar

Considering which pop-ups make the leap to a full-time restaurant, this was probably inevitable. But when Del Popolo — the mobile wood-fired oven in the gunmetal-gray shipping container truck — opened up on Nob Hill, it greatly expanded the menu…
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Best Boozy Festival

Even though we have to pour out a little something for the canceled Street Food Festival — it'll be back in 2017 — there's no shortage of foodie festivals around here. But we're still a little scarred by the three-hour…
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Best New Burger Joint

While technically one of several pop-ups that became a brick-and-mortar this year, WesBurger 'N' More stands out for one thing above all else: The Hot Wes. It's a six-ounce, all-brisket slab of beef with onion rings, queso, and pickled jalapeños…
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Best Insanely Expensive Cup of Coffee

Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard. But…
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Best Reason Never to Talk Shit About the Marina Again

belgasf.comTo prove how awesome Belga's beer selection is, let's subject its menu to a quick close reading. The categories here include "funky," "malty," "fruity," "sour," "contemporary," and "celebratory." The full list is lengthy but only mildly dizzying, and the well-trained…
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Coolest Foodie Nonprofit

The conscience of the Ferry Building, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) has been getting urbanites to know where their food comes from since 1994. As the movers and shakers behind some of the city's best farmers…
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Best New Reason Not to Lose Hope for Valencia

Valencia Street between Duboce and 25th streets, once home to the buzziest restaurants in San Francisco, has cooled noticeably in the last year. The Divisadero corridor has stolen its thunder, and more than a few high-profile places have sputtered out.…
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Best Way to Experience Russia Without Crossing the Pacific

Although the view from the western edge of the city on a crisp, clear day is truly without parallel, you can't quite see all the way to Russia. (This is California, not Alaska, after all.) Instead, to catch a glimpse…
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Best Source of Snacks You've Never Tried (And May Not Know What They Are)

If you like cooking Asian food at home, you've surely heard of 99 Ranch, the Taiwanese-American supermarket chain. Located just off Hwy. 280 in Daly City, 99 Ranch is home to all manner of Asian eats — spices, oils, chili…
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Best Place to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Without Going Over Your Daily Calorie Limit

Most people have a sweet tooth. And a budget. And a desired waist size. Which is where Mission Minis comes in. For $1, you can choose among 11 flavors of mini cupcakes that'll only set you back 80 to 100…
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Best Place to Test Your Lactose Intolerance

You may think you like cheese, but enter the Cheesemonger Invitational at your own risk. An event that describes itself as a "Fight Club meets Wrestlemania of cheese," the Cheesemonger Invitational features the country's best duking it out while you…
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Best Pizza Place on the Edge of the Universe

For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag. That said,…
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Best Place to Cook Your Own Beef

Located on the second floor of Hotel Nikko, ANZU's contemporary dining room is home to both simple elegance and novel experience. Case in point, "The Rock." Order this signature starter and you'll be presented with a steaming white plate containing…
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Best Way to Eat Broccoli

Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of…
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Best Brick-and-Mortar Turned Pop-Up

Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table. The new concept can be found at Off the…