Food & Drink

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST ZAP IN A GLASS

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One of the most amazing recent dishes to smack the local foodie scene upside the head: Mission Chinese Food's Chongqing chicken wings, the little crispy limbs buried in so many "explosive" chili peppers that one bite actually numbs your entire mouth. It's the weirdest, most viscerally addictive experience on our menus. But what if we told you it was also available in cocktail form? Wow and ouch! The Alembic's Nine Volt leapt onto the ever-innovative Haight Street bar's summer cocktail menu this year (crafted by bar manager Danny Louie) and zapped us to attention. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BORSCHT IN BERNAL

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Even if you don't much care for piroshkis (although if that's the case, we feel only sorrow in our hearts for you), the borscht will keep you coming back to Anda Piroshki. Tucked away in the local mini-mall of the Marketplace on Cortland, the counter's proprietor Anna Tvelova keeps things simple by offering only a handful of menu options. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BEST "MADE" PIZZA

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If San Francisco's classier pizza joints ever threw down in some kind of mozzarella-fueled turf war, the smart money would be on Capo's — the year-old North Beach joint that's just as versed in Prohibition Era gangster culture as it is in tasty pizza. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BUN NOODLIN'

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Yes, you will do it in part for the Instagram. However, the hypebeasts were right on this one: Nombe's ramenburger is something any self-respecting gourmand in this town has to try. (Curious folks waited over an hour to try one at the SF Street Food Festival, and no one laughed at them.) The burger of Wagyu beef and pork belly tucked between two ramen noodle buns is a culinary voyage, sometimes accompanied by miso, shiitake, and blue cheese if you're looking for a true umami blast-off. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST ALL-NATURAL SWEETIE

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Juice may be the perky cheerleader in a made-for-tweens drama, but smoothies are the quiet girl that the plot eventually turns on — you know, the one with deeper substance, a touch of shy sweetness, perhaps a few creamy curves. Maybe smoothies aren't hip to the cleansing trend, and maybe they don't come packaged in a collectible glass bottle, but nobody puts them in the corner. The ingredient list for Morning Brew Cafe's Happiness smoothie is deliciously minimal — avocado and whole milk — but your satisfaction will reach maximal heights. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013 Editors Picks: Food and Drink

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FOOD AND DRINK

EDITORS PICKS

Editors picks are chosen by Guardian editors for special recognition for brightening the Bay Area experience.


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Best of the Bay 2013 Readers Poll: Food and Drink

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BEST OF THE BAY 2013: READERS POLL

Food and Drink

 

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT

NOPA

560 Divisadero, SF

www.nopasf.com

 

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

COQUETA

The Embarcadero

Pier 5, SF

www.coquetasf.com

 

BEST BUDGET RESTAURANT

TU LAN

8 6th St, SF

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Northwest stars

A visit to Seattle's finest: a tasty tour through beloved coffee shops, bakeries to die for, hot new bars, and Pioneer Square Pantry

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culture@sfbg.com

TABLEHOPPING You never know who you're going to meet next, but when you're at a dinner at Scribe Winery in Sonoma (www.scribewinery.com), you can bet that it'll be someone interesting. Back in the early summer, I was one lucky lady to be seated next to chef Kylen McCarthy and the delightful Eva Soroken. The talented duo is behind Pioneer Square Pantry (www.pioneersquarepantry.com), an artisanally minded partnership based in Seattle and Tokyo that is like a virtual shop, crafty collective, and traveling culinary road show.Read more »

Wingin' It

TABLEHOPPING Pastrami waffles, Exile on Main Street, and some darn good chicken flippers

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Hot and corny

New openings for two classic SF standbys, ravioli to die for, and a bad-ass brunch-o-rama.

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