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2010 Winner3030 San Bruno Ave.Finding a bowl of honest-to-God gumbo west of Sabine Lake is problematic, to say the least, but Queen's rendition is the real deal. Too many local attempts come off watery or lack the stimulating qualities that make gumbo the emblematic Louisiana ...
2011 Winner4395 PiedmontAdesso 4395 Piedmont (at Pleasant Valley), Oakland, 510-601-0305 http://www.dopoadesso.com/adesso Adept with both a wine ($5-$12) and cocktail list ($9-$10), the tiny kitchen delivers an astounding variety of dishes. It's all about the house...
2011 Winner1681 HaightWhen you notice the chandelier made of human bones in the window, you'll know you've found Loved to Death. Inside the store is an impressive and Goth-inspired array of skulls, teeth, feathers, and miscellaneous body parts of any bird, insect, or f...
2009 Winner55 Music ConcourseOkay, it isn't exactly a bar and there aren't actually any happy hour discounts, but sipping a Manhattan at sunset in the LEED platinum-certified California Academy of Sciences' Moss Room is lulling enough to rival well drinks at your favorite dow...
2011 Finalist3309 Mission St.31 Rax just opened its doors this year, but it has the vibe of a tried and true vintage boutique (without the hefty price tag). Featuring a $4 rack, it's hard to pass by without browsing a little. 31 Rax serves as a venue as well, recently hosting...
2010 Winner1802 BalboaIt's almost as miraculous as the New Testament story of the loaves and fishes. Order the stone-bowl bibimbap at this Richmond Korean restaurant — that's one dish, costing less than $15 — and your table will be covered in plates: a crunchy, tangeri...
2009 Winner255 Kearny St.The bar cookie attains heavenly heights with California Golden Cookies' German Chocolate Bar. This rich, moist brick of bittersweet brownie is layered with buttery caramel, studded with creamy walnuts, and sprinkled with shreds of toasted coconut...
2011 Winner670 AntelopeSure, Daly City is home to the Grand National Rodeo Horse & Livestock Show. But to get a real flavor of how Northern California is authentic rodeo country, it's worthwhile to get out of town for a day. A good option is the Red Bluff Round-Up, held...
2011 Finalist292 DivisaderoLil' Chihuahua may be the only taqueria on this list that buys sustainably raised meat. And that's probably a good thing, on the whole. But SFoodie actually goes there for its black bean and plantain veggie burrito. Most of the Mission's veggie bu...
2011 Winner730 LarkinNo surprise here that Larkin Street's Lers Ros -- which opened a second restaurant in Hayes Valley -- is SFoodie's favorite Thai restaurant in San Francisco. Chef-owner Tom Silargorn makes all his curry pastes in house, prepares venison and frog w...
2011 Finalist365 GellertKoi Palace isn't as good as its army of devotees who mill around the parking lot think -- but it's still pretty darn good. Its many strengths include the greatest variety in the area; it seems like the kitchen sends out unusual dishes on the carts...
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