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. Clare's will deliver your salvation to you at the bar, or anywhere in San Francisco. Though this is a mighty fine service — and Clare's is open seven days, 11 a.m.–11 p.m., with a neato daily dinner menu — the deli also offers options for non-boozehounds: park at the few tables on location, or grab your food to go: to your home, to nearby Dolores Park, or to wherever delicious meatballs are needed most.

3505 17th St., SF. (415) 621-3505, www.claresdeli.com

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