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2011 Winner1920 HayesOrdinarily, we'd be loath to send you to a bike shop known as a hot spot for fixie kids and roadies. Of cycling's many tribes, these two are among the most exclusionary, and condescending. And both tend to congregate at this North of Panhandle sto...
2010 Winner471 PineWhen you want to embrace your inner Don or Betty Draper and ingest a little nicotine with your martini, Manhattan, or old-fashioned, head for the Occidental, one of the few bars in the city where a guy or a doll can light up a Lucky with impunity....
2011 WinnerMartin Luther King Jr.San Francisco Botanical Garden Between MLK Drive and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park Purchase noshes and nibbles from your favorite Irving Street deli, enter Golden Gate Park, and wander through 55 diverse and beautifully composed acres of su...
2011 Finalist2406 Bryant St.Apart from the fact that El Metate's dining room, with its faux-finish walls and thick wood tables, is the kind of place we enjoy hanging out at over a book or conversation, the taqueria makes a mean SF burrito. El Metate rolls them tight, which m...
2011 Finalist155 S. ParkA so-called "French" cafe can feel contrived, but The Butler & the Chef is the real deal. The menu features dishes you'd see on any street corner in Paris -- not just a ham and cheese crepe or Nicoise salad, but a duck rillette, too. Here you'll f...
2011 Finalist1 Ferry BuildingErik Adkins, bar manager for the Slanted Door, has maintained such a high standard at Charles Phan's flagship restaurant for so long that people have started taking the bar for granted. Its version of the Pisco Apricot Tropical (Marian Farms Calif...
2012 Winner151 Third St.SFMOMA's Museum Store is committed to exceptional modern design, but that doesn't mean a kid on a field trip can't put $5 to good use. Store Director Jana Machin prides herself in meeting every shopper's price point, and has the high sales volume ...
2010 Winner1230 Market St.The Green Cross has the best medicine in town, as evidenced by its first-place finish in last year's San Francisco Cannabis Cup. The best part is that the Green Cross will deliver your medicine right to your door once it has your recommendation on...
2010 Winner222 Hyde St.The city's newest club night, "Icee Hot," is the brainchild of DJs Disco Shawn, Low Limit, Ghosts on Tape, and Rollie Fingers. Collectively, the globe-trotting beat aficionados import fresh talent from overseas for the monthly party, like buzzwort...
One Loraine CourtAt the turn of the 20th century, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to ban all burials within the city, sparking the movement of thousands of deceased residents to Colma. Currently, the number of dead in Colma drastically outnumbers the nu...
2012 Winner734 La PlayaFredy's Ocean Beach Deli could be a fierce competitor in any deli competition, but its Sunday special is truly the tops. It pairs warm, thick-cut, honey pepper turkey with melted swiss into a sandwich that Fredy himself will usually be around to m...
2011 Winner2842 DiamondSharon Ardiana didn't launch the artisanal pizza boom of the Naughts, but she was there by the time the booster rockets fell away. Ever since the Glen Park shop opened in 2007, her pies -- and more specifically, that crust, one long air bubble enc...
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