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2010 Winner517 HayesNow that most of us have heard of izakayas, the Japanese pubs where salarymen and students gather to get red-nosed and snack on little plates, half of San Francisco's run-of-the-mill Japanese restaurants have renamed their hot menus "izakaya fare....
2011 Finalist473 ValenciaThe pay-by-the-pound system makes shopping at Clothes Contact feel like a strategy game. You become more conscious of the fabrics as you weigh out everything by hand, trying to guess what your total will be. You also get to rummage through the $1 ...
2011 Finalist12 Fourth St.Well-aged beef, a toasted brioche bun — this is a burger you want to order rare. It's made from ground short rib, chuck and skirt steak. It's a little secret bargain from this pricey hotel restaurant — you can get this burger at the bar with fries...
2011 Winner548 GreenAs the Giants made their epic run for the pennant and the World Series last year, it was surprisingly difficult to find good places to cheer on Buster, the Beard, Huff Daddy, and the Freak. Most of the sports bars had half their TVs tuned to other...
2012 Winner243 O'Farrell St.It looks Irish, and it sounds Irish, but while you're here you're most likely to bump into Wisconsinites or Texans who are relishing a cosmopolitan buzz. Johnny Foley's opened about a dozen years ago in the touristy haven of Union Square. It's a f...
2010 Winner1100 CaliforniaThere's no line outside, no bouncers, and no guest list for elite scenemakers. Yet fashionable young crowds still show up en masse. Where is this magical nightclub, you ask? Answer: It's not actually a club at all — it's EpiscoDisco at Grace Cathe...
2011 Winner252 DivisaderoLayered two patties high and fried to a gratifying crisp, the KK Cafe veggie burger is neither meat- nor health-conscious. But whoever ordered a burger for health reasons? Veggie burgers may contain a careful balance of vegetable and grain, but at...
2011 Winner5929 GearyNo matter who you are, pulling up a chair at Tommy's means two things are certain: You'll learn something about tequila, and you'll have a great margarita. Having created the renowned "Tommy's" margarita (fresh lime juice, agave syrup, and tequila...
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...
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AT&T Park (Giants' Ballpark)
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