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    Best Bakery Golden Gate Bakery Best BBQ Southpaw BBQ Best Breakfast Bacon Bacon Best Brunch Cliff House Best Burger Roam Burger Best Burrito Papalote Best Business Bunch Gold Club San Francisco Best City View From a Restaurant The View…
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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…
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    Best Izakaya/Second-Tier Resto from a Michelin-Starred Chef

    Because not everyone can shell out a week's worth of rent on the edible art of a hand-tweezed tasting menu, veteran restaurateur Kash Feng (owner of Michelin-starred Omakase) and consulting chef Shin Aoki (formally of Michelin-starred Kaigetsu) bring you Okane…
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    Best Independent Coffee

    In an industry where pretense and perfection often take precedence over people, it's refreshing to find a coffee shop that cares about relationships as much as it does roasting. Opened by a middle-school art teacher turned coffee aficionado, Saint Frank's…
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    Best Place to Get Food Prepared by an Ex-Con

    When culinary powerhouse and 12-time restaurateur Gabriela Cámara opened her first restaurant in Mexico City, it revolutionized the country's concept of quality seafood. This same spirit inspired Cámara when she opened Cala, her first U.S. eatery, last October. The precision…
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    Best Cocktails with No Liquor License

    Liquor ain't cheap, and that's true on both sides of the bar. For some eateries, getting a full liquor license just isn't feasible. Hence the introduction of cocktails made with vermouth, port, and other fortified wines. The restriction of sticking…
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    Best Neapolitan-Style Pizza

    Of all the pizzas made in North Beach, perhaps none are made as fondly (or with as much flair) as those of pizza maestro Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony's Pizza Napoletana and recent top dog of the World Pizza Championships…

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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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