Food & Drink

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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So crafty

BEER + WINE ISSUE: Tap rooms! Breweries! Wine bars! Keep up with all the latest openings (and what's coming soon)

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marcia@sfbg.com

BEER + WINE San Francisco is awash in a sea of suds right now, and based on the number of wine bars that keep opening, it's like there's a citywide edict that every neighborhood has to have at least one good wine bar — not like that's a bad thing. It's a lot to keep track of, though, which gets extra-challenging when alcohol is involved (hic), so consider this your handy cheat sheet on all the latest places to hit.

BEER PATROL

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Killer vermouth

BEER + WINE ISSUE: The aperitif ace up Carl Sutton's sleeve

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marke@sfbg.com

BEER + WINE This is the kind of Facebook post we've come to expect from Sutton Cellars in Dogpatch: "After a birthday party at the winery last night, helping to break up a skinhead girl fight at Slim's while watching Hepcat, and staying way past last call at Nopa ... We'll be opening a little late today. Come join us for Sutton and soda."Read more »

Put 'em in the glass

BEER + WINE ISSUE: Recent developments on the local beer and wine scene

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Frankenkeg

BEER + WINE ISSUE: A monster kegerator just took over my kitchen!  

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

BEER + WINE It seemed to just appear one day, lurking around the corner of the kitchen entryway. It was huge, buzzing, rectangular, and nearly five feet tall. Its glossy belly gurgled with homemade California Common brown ale, a slightly off concoction, similar to a typical Anchor Steam beer, that nevertheless tasted quite fresh, and spewed forth from the newly attached tap.Read more »