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2012 Winner457 Hyde St.Slow-cooked meat is the new sinful speakeasy, and not just because the jambalaya, pulled pork, and other smoked-out tastes that a stalwart like Hyde Away's Lil May whips up are served in a tiny storefront with room for 'cue and not much else. The ...
2012 FinalistSeward & DouglassSince 1973, these slides have been bringing joy to the wayward Castro walker who happens to have a cardboard box handy. One of the landmarks of San Francisco's inclination toward whimsy, the slides are a great surprise planted in the middle of an ...
2012 Winner1854 DivisaderoNobody cares that you can ID every Game of Thrones bannerman, have an encyclopedic knowledge of Motown B-sides, and quote the Kardashiansâ latest tweets verbatim. Nobody important, anyway, which is why such ridiculous topics arenât part of Fis...
2012 Winner2 Belgrave Ave.Our first experience with Tank Hill included the following exchange: "Simba, everything the light touches is yours." So we asked, "What about that foggier, shadowy place?" The answer: "That is the Sunset — it is always a dark place." Tank Hill off...
2012 Winner1069 HowardWhen he took over the San Francisco Examiner and launched the era of tabloid journalism, the 23-year-old William Randolph Hearst could not have predicted that one of his former printing plants would serve as a gathering place for the trendy and ch...
2012 Winner3422 MissionAs both a record label and retail store, Thrillhouse Records operates with tireless commitment to the independent, DIY ethic. The shop's vast record selection, focused on punk, hardcore, and garage, is strictly ordered through independent distribu...
2012 Winner926 MasonHouse of Air is an enormous, former airplane hangar by the Golden Gate Bridge that is full of conjoined trampolines. Need we say more? Because there is more! House of Air allows children of all ages, (special rules for six years and under) and pro...
2012 Finalist3117 16th St.Oh, the Roxie. You host all the weirdest film festivals, a surprising amount of big stars promoting their small movies, and about half of San Francisco's truly great parties. If you're ever bored with whatever's playing everywhere else, check out ...
2012 Winner1 Kearny St.Wait, you haven't been there yet? Go! The suits have had it to themselves for too long. Take the elevator to the top floor for a view that mashes up Market Street's strong diagonal with a bajillion other intersecting planes. San Francisco looks ut...
2012 Finalist201 Mendell St.Pump It Up! is a birthday party idea from heaven. A building full of bouncy houses, a staff full of energy and spunk, and a dining area full of pizza, Pump It Up! makes planning your kid's birthday as simple as uploading pics of them on Facebook. ...
2012 Winner1 Ferry BuildingIn the evening hours, when Delica Rf-1 transforms from casual Japanese deli to full-service sushi counter, you'll probably hesitate stepping in. The display cases in front sit empty and dark, but just like a mullet, the party's in the back. The ha...
2012 Winner270 Seventh St.Throw a rock in almost any neighborhood these days, and you're likely to hit a café with exceptionally skilled baristas serving locally roasted coffee sourced from conscientious farmers in some tropical part of Central America. (Then you'll be arr...
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