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Friday, September 2, 2011

SF Weekly Web Awards 2011: We Have Some Winners!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM


When we wanted to celebrate the best of San Francisco's digerati, we turned to you, the readers of SF Weekly. You nominated more than 300 bloggers, app makers, and Twitter accounts. We then asked you to help us narrow the field to the finalists. In one week, we got more than 37,000 votes, and we pulled the top three from each category into the finals. (Except for the Readers' Choice awards, for which the polls are still open. Go vote now!)

Now, we're happy to announce the winners.

Once we had our finalists, we turned to an all-star crew of judges to help us. Our judges were:

  • Blag Dahlia, lead singer of the Dwarves, author of the novels Armed to the Teeth with Lipstick and Nina, host of punk podcast
  • Isaac Fitzgerald, managing editor at the Rumpus
  • Reyhan Harmanci, culture editor at the Bay Citizen
  • Brock Keeling, editor-in-chief of SFist
  • Kevin Montgomery, founder of Uptown Almanac
  • Anthony Myint, co-founder of Mission Street Food, Commonwealth, and Mission Chinese Food
  • Iso Rabins, founder of ForageSF and SF Underground Market
  • Beth Spotswood, blogger for SFGate, writer for CBS San, co-host of Necessary Conversation
  • Eric Steuer, Creative Commons senior adviser, Wired correspondent, and musician/producer/remixer
  • Owen Thomas, editor-in-chief of the Daily Dot, former executive editor of VentureBeat, founding editor of Valleywag

With their expert help, we present our finalists and winners for the SF Weekly Web Awards 2011.


Best Breaking News Twitter

Winner: @sfappeal

"The Appeal is not afraid to, you know, tell it like it is, for lack of a better cliche. They always get the story first and do it without self-conscious or affected writing." -- Brock Keeling.




Best Local Politics Blog

Winner: Usual Suspects

"The US is a master of aggregation. They've got such a profoundly nerdy addiction to local political news, it is both scary and incredibly useful." -- Beth Spotswood.


Fog City Journal

Baghdad by the Bay

Best Media Personality Twitter

Winner: Brian Wilson (@BrianWilson38)

Winner: "Brian Wilson is a fucking legend. Who can resist his thoughts on dubstep and celebrities shaving their beards?" -- Kevin Montgomery


Mat Honan (@mat)

Broke-Ass Stuart (@brokeassstuart)

Best Public Transit Blog

Winner: Muni Diaries

"Such a great idea and so well executed. It's always interesting and sometimes exciting, much like the smells on the Muni." -- Issac Fitzgerald.


N Judah Chronicles

SF Streetsblog

Best San Francisco Giants Blog

Winner: McCovey Chronicles

"Mere words cannot describe how much this site shines. It oozes the frustrating relationship one must have in order to be a Giants fan. A must." -- Brock Keeling.

Finalists: Andrew Baggarly's Extra Baggs

Giants Nirvana (formerly Splashing Pumpkins)


Best Band Twitter

Winner: Zoe Keating (@zoecello)

"I'm a fan of all these artists, but Zoe does the best job actively engaging with fans, spreading interesting news, and keeping her Twitter followers plugged in to what she's up to." -- Eric Steuer.


Girls (@GIRLSsf)

The She's (@theshesmusic)

Best Local Concert List Site

Winner: The List

"The List -- it's a staple of the Bay Area underground, it's noncommercial, and it covers everything from small house shows to huge festivals. That's how the S.F. music scene should be." -- SF Weekly music editor Ian Port.


Sonic Living

Dar Dar Dar

Best Local Music Website

Winner: The Bay Bridged

"The Bay Bridged offers the best coverage of the bay's vibrant indie rock scene, hands down. The live sessions they produce in collaboration with Oakland's New, Improved Recording studio are super cool." -- Eric Steuer


Noise Pop

Owl Mag

Best Music Venue Website

Winner: The Independent

"The Independent's site is clear and easy to use. It makes finding info about upcoming shows and buying tickets quick and painless." -- Eric Steuer


Bottom of the Hill

Fox Theater

Best Podcast

The Bay Bridged Podcast

"I especially like the Bay Bridged Podcast's local theme episodes, which focus on things like new music coming out of the East Bay and bands that started out here but have since moved away." -- Eric Steuer


Sex With Emily

Noise Pop Podcast


Best Food Blogger

Winner: Eater SF

"Because I find that they post stories that are interesting and timely." -- Iso Rabins


Tasting SF

101 Cookbooks

Best Food Vendor Twitter

Humphry Slocombe (@humphryslocombe)

"311,000 people can't be wrong. And as I recall, HS tweeted out some elaborate multimedia staff Halloween costume coverage in past years, so I wanna see what happens this year." -- Anthony Myint

The Creme Brulee Man (@cremebruleecart)

Ike's Place (@ikes_place)

Best Local Source for Food Porn

Winner: Tablehopper

"Tablehopper. There's no contest." -- Iso Rabins


Eat Drink San Francisco


Best Restaurant Website

Winner: The Beast and the Hare

"The Beast and the Hare because they realize that their customers do not appreciate Flash websites and PDFs. Their website is clean, simple and to the point." -- Iso Rabins



Papalote Mexican Grill

Best Yelper

Winner: Jen D. (

"I like the idea of reviewing yelpers and in fact I think someone should make a meta-Yelp site where each review can be reviewed, and each reviewer's reviews are then weighted based on their score and their number of reviews. For now, I read a few reviews from each of these yelpers and I think Jen D. has a reasonable point of view, is pretty food focused, and has been to a lot of worthwhile places." -- Anthony Myint


Ed U. (

Hannah S. (


Best Arts Blog

Winner: Fecal Face

"Fecal Face is San Francisco's connection to the actual (read: professional) art world -- it takes artists seriously, but never overseriously. With lots of sharp-looking, useful features including long-form interviews, shorty update blog posts, and its reliably high-quality calendar, FF is our choice for Best Arts Blog." -- SF Weekly Assistant Calendar Editor Hiya Swanhuyser


Laughing Squid

The Bold Italic

Best Arts Twitter Account

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (@SFMOMA)

"Good. REALLY GOOD. (Sorry, coffee has not kicked in yet.)" -- Reyhan Harmanci


SOMArts (@somarts)

Hi-Fructose (@hifructose)

Best Events Website

Winner: FunCheapSF

"FunCheapSF is so wonderfully convenient, especially for anyone bored and antsy after work. Johnny's always got a ton of easy options, and once he posts something, you know it'll have a fun, interesting crowd." -- Beth Spotswood


Laughing Squid

Broke-Ass Stuart

Best Fashion Blogger


"Fashionist sticks to the basics without going overboard with the editorial. What we're left with is a daily dose of San Francisco's beautiful boys and girls showing off their original styles with a quick interview talking about what we're seeing. It's a tried-and-true formula, but Mai kills it." -- Kevin Montgomery


Refinery 29

Poetic & Chic

Best Local Online Cartoonist

Susie Cagle

"Susie's unique blend of reporting, humor, and illustration brings the news to a new audience." -- Beth Spotswood.


SF Lunatic Fringe



Best Do-Gooder Website

Winner: 826 Valencia

"As a Suckster, I think I'm supposed to snicker at David Eggers for his twee altruism. Yet his 826 Valencia project's site does good the right way, avoiding the chest-thumping mission statements and stock photos in favor of simple directions on how to get involved." -- Owen Thomas




Best Flickr Pool

Winner: Guess Where SF

"Guess Where SF covers everything a local photo pool should, including graffiti and sightings of inflatable air dancers, with the added challenge of testing your knowledge of local landmarks." -- Kevin Montgomery



Muni Photos

Best Instagram Account

Winner: Doctor Popular (docpop)

"When Doc Pop posts an Instagram, I always click through." -- Isaac Fitzgerald


Robot Blood (robotblood)

Helena Price (helenadagmar)

Best Kickstarter Project

Winner: Longshot Magazine

"Anyone who's worked on a magazine knows the best work happens in the last 48 hours before print deadline. Why not condense the whole deadline into that time frame, and avoid the fruitless month of procrastination that precedes it?" -- Owen Thomas


City Limits Records Presents: San Francisco

The SF Mirrors Project

Best Locally Made App


"I've been taking digital photos since 1995 -- anyone remember Apple made cameras that weren't installed in phones? But the process of putting the photos where others can enjoy them has always been painful. Instagram turns that pain into pleasure." -- Owen Thomas




Best Local Government Site

Winner: San Fransisco 311

"The best thing about SF 311 is @sf311, the helpline's companion Twitter account, which responds matter-of-factly to the most passive-aggressive microblogged complaints." -- Owen Thomas


San Francisco Recreation & Parks

SF Park

Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Winner: Sparc

"Avoiding the unkindness of bud jokes, Sparc is to pot dispensaries what One Medical is to regular doctors' clinics: clean, modern, and user-friendly." -- Owen Thomas


The Green Door

The Green Cross

Best Neighborhood Blog

Winner: Mission Mission

"Other sites try, and fail, to copy Mission Mission." -- Brock Keeling




Best S.F. Landmark with a Twitter Account

Winner: Karl the Fog (@karlthefog)

"If San Francisco's fog had a name, it would definitely be Karl with a K. I can't explain it, but that is so dead on, it's shocking." -- Beth Spotswood


Golden Gate Bridge (@GGBridge)

The Bay Bridge (@sfbaybridge)

Best Tumblog

Winner: It's Getting Rude in Here

"What defines Tumblr is its eclecticism and surprise. Lady Miss Kate lives up to tumblogging's promise." -- Owen Thomas


BART Don't Lie


Congrats to all our nominees, finalists, and winners.

Wait, what's that? What about the Reader's Choice awards? The polls are still open, and votes are still being tallied. We'll keep 'em open right up until our SF Weekly Web Awards party on Sept. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. at 111 Minna, and announce the winners there.

Want to make sure you're part of the fun? You can snag a ticket over here. Word on the street is there'll be an open bar. Hope to see you there!

We've got a full list of nominees on the next page.

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