Best of the Bay 2011

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST GRINDER AT YOUR BAR STOOL

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So you're happily imbibing at the Mission's 500 Club, and you're a wee bit too wobbly to uproot yourself from your bar stool. But dammit — you're hungry, and no amount of tipsy wishing can summon the Tamale Lady on command. Thank the gods for Clare's Deli and Late Night Kitchen. Just steps away from the Five, you can call in, order up (the meatball grinder, an homage to the legendary East Coast staple, is a comfort-food masterpiece), and be back in your spot before your latest song even finishes on the juke box. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST CHOCOLATE LIQUIFACTION

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In the third season of Dexter, top cop Maria has two bonding experiences with women that are consummated with two words: "ganache frosting." Ganache — that rich, delicious, thick, delicious, dense, delicious mix of chocolate and cream — is the base element of Boulette Larder's singular cup of Eastern European-style hot chocolate. All day long, Boulette's attentive chefs keep a pan of molten ganache simmering in anticipation of its hot chocolate fans. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST RUSSIAN RUSH

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If you come from good peasant stock (did your grandfather slurp coffee from his saucer? Grandmother wear dresses and wool socks?), then you probably have regular waves of nostalgia for things like cabbage soup, pickled cabbage, cabbage rolls, cabbage dumplings, and cabbage pie. All at the same meal. At Cinderella Russian Bakery and Café, you can indulge all your yearnings for foods sour, smoked, sweet, earthy, tangy, and cruciferous. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2011:BEST MORNING-AFTER MEDICINE

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You've just experienced one of those glorious one-night stands you read about in fairy tales like the "Sex and the City" columns of yore. But the morning after ... well, let's just say things aren't exactly coming up roses. Where do you turn for safe, comfortable, confidential STD testing and treatment? San Francisco City Clinic, of course. This year the clinic is celebrating 100 years of zapping not just simple post-tryst maladies, but more alarming epidemics as well. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2011 Editors Picks: Shopping

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Best of the Bay 2011 Editors Picks

Shopping

 

BEST VINYL FLIPPERSRead more »

Best of the Bay 2011 Readers Poll: Shopping

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BEST OF THE BAY 2011: READERS POLL

SHOPPING

 

BEST OVERALL BOOKSTORE/ BEST USED BOOK STORE

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Best of the Bay 2011: BEST CELL PHONE SAGE

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Get back, consumerist hoo-ha! Popular wisdom tells us that iPhones, like love and Goldfish crackers, are ephemeral. Crack your screen? Time for a new iPhone. Drop it in the toilet? Wassup, Apple store. But Shakeel the iPhone Guy sees through the capitalist flapjaw. The enterprising, customer service-oriented, cash-only Apple wizard operates out of a South San Francisco storage unit, stocks replacement parts, and can fix things we didn't know were fixable, even waterlogged cell phones. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2011 Readers Poll: Arts and Entertainment

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BEST OF THE BAY 2011: READERS POLL

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

 

BEST MOVIE THEATER

Castro Theatre

429 Castro, SF. (415) 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com

 

BEST REP FILM HOUSE

Red Vic

1727 Haight, SF. (415) 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.comRead more »

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST STUBBORNLY ROOTED NEIGHBORHOOD NURSERY

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The subject of an ongoing, highly politicized brouhaha (San Francisco's Recreation and Parks Department is seeking to evict it) also happens to be an excellent place to shop for compost. The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center plant nursery is a treasure trove for gardeners who want to transform backyard plots to reflect the Bay Area's natural ecology. HANC's botanical collection features dozens of varieties native to San Francisco — all the better to attract winged visitors and helpful pollinators. Read more »