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Best Restaurant We Want to Stay Open Forever 

Zuni Cafe

On Dec. 3, 2013, the food world woke up to sad news: Zuni Cafe owner and influential chef Judy Rodgers had died of cancer at age 57. The outpouring of memories as chefs, writers, and those who loved to eat mourned the chef's death was testament to the 27-year-old restaurant's permanent spot in the San Francisco Dining Hall of Fame. Zuni has many splendid dishes: the burger on a rosemary focaccia bun, the impeccable selection of oysters, the perfect Caesar salad, and of course the famous roast chicken for two and its accompanying bread salad, soaked in chicken drippings, with currants, pine nuts, bitter greens, and all sorts of deliciousness. But the food is only part of the restaurant's enduring appeal. It's Zuni's atmosphere, casual yet special, warm and lively and welcoming, that keeps us coming back on birthdays and anniversaries and lackluster Tuesdays. Walking in its doors never fails to brighten life a little. Recent visits have confirmed that even though Rodgers is gone, her legacy and influence live on.

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