Best of the Bay 2012

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST BRIGHT-EYED BREAD GUY

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BEST BRIGHT-EYED BREAD GUY

Here's how Vermont-bred Josey Baker launched Josey Baker Bread: he walked into Mission Pie and asked (sweetly) if he might borrow some oven space. The neighborhood bake shop obliged, and to no one's surprise (the alluring qualities of handsome men and fresh-baked bread being what they are) Baker's business took off, delighting subscribers to his poppy, walnut, and black pepper parmesan loaves — delivered weekly to your door! — and walk-in customers alike. On some days he has even given away bread on a by-donation basis; we've seen it. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SATISFYING READ

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BEST SATISFYING READ

Directions for preparing seaweed burger, mouth-watering ramen that doesn't come from a Styrofoam cup, and monkfish tripe have all found their way into the pages of local publisher McSweeney's sizzling new food quarterly Lucky Peach. Each volume, available in paper only, is comprised of more than 150 pages and contains recipes and writings that stimulate the intellect and taste buds simultaneously. Yummy examples of contributing foodies and writers: David Chang, Peter Meehan, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl, John T. Edge, Todd Kliman. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SMOKE ON THE AIR

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BEST SMOKE ON THE AIR

We love the activists on the medical marijuana scene, but you can't attend one of the Bay's many cannabis expos without noting that the vast majority of attendees are of the male persuasion. This is precisely what tickles us green about Merry Toppins and Vaperonica Dee's weekly Mutiny Radio podcast Cannabis Cuts. The young women spend hours intelligently dissecting the pot news of the day, playing chilled-out stoner tunes, and conducting smooth interviews with many of the area's Mary Jane movers and shakers. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ELECTROSTATIC MEME

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BEST ELECTROSTATIC MEME

Currency traders who live with epic views of the Bay Bridge have all the luck. One night, they're sitting around taking photos through the window of their apartment, the next day their shot is everyone-and-their-mothers' Facebook cover photo. Such was the story of Phil McGrew's picture of eight bolts of lightning hitting the Bay Bridge from that incredible April 12 spring storm. Read more »

BEST OF THE BAY 2012

Best Burrito, Best Drag Queen, Best Dentist, Best Street Fair .... more than 300 winners show the diversity and awesomeness of the Bay Area in our annual celebration.

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FLYING HIGH

By Marke B.

marke@sfbg.com

Welcome to the Guardian's Best of the Bay 2012!

This is our 38th annual celebration of the people, places, and things that make living here such a great experience. Inside, you'll find a feast of winners in categories like Best Burrito, Best Band, Best Strip Club, Best Shoe Store, Best Place to Watch the Sunset, Best Drag Queen, and beyond.Read more »

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST VOICE OF VICTORY

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BEST VOICE OF VICTORY

Whether it's Pablo Sandoval stepping into the box or a struggling rookie trying to catch a break, the next batter up at AT&T park is always ushered in with unwavering excitement and energy. That recognizable voice pinging around the field belongs to Renel Brooks-Moon. For 12 years, she has served as the announcer for your San Francisco Giants. Born in Oakland, Brooks-Moon currently puts the Bay Area on the map as having the only female announcer — and one of the first African American announcers — in Major League Baseball. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2012 Editors Picks: Food and Drink

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BEST OF THE BAY 2012: EDITORS PICKS

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Best of the Bay 2012 Editors Picks: City Living

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Editor's Picks

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Best of the Bay 2012 Readers Poll: Food and Drink

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BEST OF THE BAY 2012: READERS POLL

Food and Drink

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT

Nopa

560 Divisadero, SF. (415) 864-8643, www.nopasf.com

 

BEST NEW RESTAURANT (TIE)

AQ

1085 Mission, SF. (415) 341-9000, www.aq-sf.com

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Best of the Bay 2012 Readers Poll: City Living

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BEST OF THE BAY 2012: READERS POLL

City Living

 

BEST STREET FAIR

Folsom Street Fair

www.folsomstreetfair.com

 

BEST HOTEL

Phoenix Hotel

601 Eddy, SF. (415) 776-1380, www.jdvhotels.com/phoenix

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