Food & Drink

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST CURRY QUEUE

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Light fare it is not, but are we ever glad to have come around to the gravy-like consistency and rich, complex flavors of Japanese curry. Nothing seems more homey or satisfying than when the comforting heft of a curry-laden lunch plate — chicken or pork katsu, tender cubed beef, steaming veggie, etc. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST POP SCENE

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You're welcome to play it safe tastewise in Willy Wonka-like soda paradise The Fizzary. Pop a familiar bottle of orange into the joint's charming quick chill device, crack, and glug. But even amid that flavor's designated shelf of sodas you'll find intriguing variations — a bottle flown in from the Phillipines, a blood orange variation innocuously lounging, a five-gallon jug of your childhood favorite fizz to take your sugar highs to new altitudes. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST NORTH BEACH FRY BOMB

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Oh, the end of a long night in North Beach. There you are, mercifully relieved of your singles after oh-so-lovely times watching the ladies of the Penthouse Club clack their mega-heels all up and down the two-story stripper poles. You're satiated in the "make it rain" department ... but damn, are you hungry. Enter Taqueria Zorro's Zorro burrito, there to stuff your belly and slash "satisfied" across your chest. What's in the Zorro, you ask? Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST CHILL TREAT

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"Rich and creamy, baked with love, and served chilled for the California heat" — did Schulzies Bread Pudding sound intriguing until that "chilled" part? Open your mind, bread pudding snob: Sarah Schulz's Venice Beach-born, super-moist dessert sensation, which added a Hayes Valley location last year, is too delicious to deny (and the shop has warm options to balance out the cold, FYI). Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST GROWTH IN THE YARD

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Back in 1992, inmate counselor Catherine Sneed started pioneering programs for former offenders that eventually led to the implementation of the San Francisco Jail's Garden Project. This in-jail option gives inmates the time and space to plant and tend their own organically grown food gardens at the Jail's San Bruno complex as a healthy add-in to their rehabilitation. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST COMMUTER CRUSTS

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The Mexican-Italian house of Juan Gutierrez opened The Sandwich Place in 1979 when Gutierrez was only 14 years old. A tiny shop that just fits its refrigerator cases full of bevs and counter, the shop sits a stone's throw from the 16th Street BART station in a bustling milieu of commuters, street preachers, and the occasional demonstration or spoken word open mic. In such a space, one would expect strict utilitarianism. But Gutierrez would scoff at such assumptions — quickly, in his exuberantly bilingual manner. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST OUT-THERE GROCERIES

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Houses in the Sunset may be built on dunes, but make no mistake, the neighborhood is no food desert. The flagship of the snacktastic stretch of outer Judah Street (see also: locavore haven Outerlands, beloved Mexican resto Celia's by the Beach) is without a doubt grocery co-op Other Avenues, about to round the bend on year 40 in the western neighborhood. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST PATCHED-UP WATERING HOLE

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Perhaps it is, as the official line of the newly renovated Dogpatch Saloon goes, high time for a 100-year-old bar to undergo a facelift. The bar's new ownership headed by Christopher Barry, the mind behind downtown's 83 Proof, seemed like it had its heart in the right place, but the neighborhood bar's clientele had a right to be worried about the integrity of its comfy watering hole in a rapidly evolving area. Lo and behold: the change was good. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST REASON FOR VEGANS TO BRAVE THE FOG

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Ramen is a staple of many an SF diet — especially in the chilly summer months laced with our trademark fog. But the dish almost always includes meat, or at the very least those so-called vegetarian noodles and veggies are floating in warm fish broth. It can seem particularly rude to dissect each element of the noodle bowl at a traditional spot, causing headaches for servers and hungry vegans alike. Enter Ken Ken Ramen, a popular Mission brick-and-mortar location that started as a pop-up. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST PASTRY ERUPTION

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Certainly, you can visit this Marina bakeshop without ordering Le Marais Bakery's Volcan, but this is foolhardy. On your last island getaway did you dither about in the airport gift shop, fretting over gaudy short-sleeve button-downs and plastic leis, tempting as they may be? Of course not, you went straight to the top of Kilauea and delighted in its heart-racing flows and crispy geological crusts. And so you will, bold one, at Le Marais. Read more »