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2012 Winner2834 DiamondOh, the gastronomic abuse that has been perpetrated in under the guise of a super burrito. Too often, "super" means gloopy, starchy, overwhelmed by bland rice. The super burritos served at La Corneta's Glen Park location incorporate fistfuls of ch...
2011 Finalist260 ValenciaWe sometimes have a hard time selling Pauline's to newbies. It has been around just long enough -- 25 years -- to marvel at, but not long enough to become timeless. Anyone who makes it to Pauline's with us, though, quickly understands our devotion...
2012 Winner29 Third St.( at Market)Dave's defies easy description, sitting somewhere between dive bar, sports bar, hole-in-the-wall, after-work hangout, and late-night haunt. Somehow, it's all and none of these at once. It provides sanctuary for those overdosed on the upscale. Alon...
2012 Finalist3316 17th St.Maverick Restaurant is located in what appears to be a small, well-lit and orange-walled wooden box in the Mission. Despite its small size, Maverick has made a name for itself over the years, most recently for wine director and owner Mike Pierce's...
2012 Finalist2526 3rd St.Right on the KT MUNI line lies the Hard Knox Cafe, a small, bustling restaurant in the Dogpatch. Lemonade comes in Mason jars, the tin shed walls are adorned with antique road signs and fishing paraphernalia, and everyone working is visibly hustli...
2007 WinnerSeward & DouglassThere is something exhilarating about zooming down a giant slide so fast that you land - boom - on your ass. Given our current rash of innocuous swirly slides, most playgrounds don't exactly offer adults and daredevils a spontaneous whoosh of exci...
2012 Finalist1 Bush St.River rocks embedded in concrete, a fountain sculpture, a moat, and cherry, willow and pine trees make One Bush Street one of our favorites. Built in 1953, the urban garden surrounds the first post-war high-rise building, but sadly there is no sea...
2011 Winner5179 MissionIf crossing Cesar Chavez is going south of the border, this Excelsior hangout would be exotic enough for the laptop-music crowd. Grooving to corridos music between shots, you'll find there's no better place in San Francisco than this converted for...
2012 Finalist424 Octavia St.Yeah, we're giving this Johnny-come-lately on the SF patio drinking scene a spot in the Top 3. There's just little to find fault with at the Hayes Valley urban oasis. Sure, it's a little pricey, but you're getting massive German beers and pub food...
2011 Winner352 GrantWhen you're jonesing for a little bound-and-glossy action and Time, Newsweek, and Tiger Beat just don't do it for you anymore, head to the city's premier Parisian bistro and take in the dazzling selection of high-end magazines from around the glob...
2011 Winner1190 BryantIt's the best of both worlds: city living and growing your own garden. Living Wall Panels from PlantsOnWalls contain all hardware needed to start an outdoor vertical garden of strawberries, basil, or whatever you choose, ranging in size from one t...
2001 Winner1475 ShattuckThough it'll stir up lots of tsuris to place the best Jewish deli outside of San Francisco, Saul's beats any of the city's lesser efforts by a mile. Sure, you can get an overpriced bowl of matzo ball soup at David's downtown or a chewy corned beef...
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