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Best of the Bay 2012 Editors Picks: Shopping

Best of the Bay 2011 Editors Picks: ShoppingBEST CHARGE AHEAD Though electric bikes far outnumber cars in communities from China's crowded cities to mountainous...

Best of the Bay 2012 Editors Picks: Arts and Entertainment

Best of the Bay 2011 Editors Picks: Arts and Entertainment BEST HEAVY METAL STITCH WIZARDGuardian photo by Brittany M. Powell He's the mustachioed maniac who...

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Best of the Bay 2011: BEST HOW SOON IS WOW

Smiths-mania is an admirable torment that afflicts any teen worth her salt who craves morosely literate lyrics paired with driving, jangly melodies. It can...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST CAKE-TASTROPHES

"I just want to make people read my evil shit," gleefully wicked Bay Area meta-baker and blogger Shannon O'Malley of Apocalypse Cakes told us...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST SHABU-SHABU FOR KLUTZES

We're not sure what your list of priorities looks like when it comes to promising soulmate candidates, but for us, that person better damn...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST KOREAN CHICKEN GARAGE

You hear tales of a magical Korean restaurant located in a converted garage near Ocean Beach, barely marked by a strand of Christmas lights...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST RUM LEED-ER

When Bar Agricole opened earlier this year, the provenance of its architectural design made almost as many headlines as its food. Impeccably eco-contemporary and...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST SWEET HOOKERS

We used to love watching David "Hooker" Williams rule the pool table and patio at the Pilsner Inn back in the day. But who...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST COMMUNAL EATS, TWEETED

"Red leaf lettuce soup crème fraiche toasted almonds, country ham on pan de mie caramelized onions dijon mustard, arugula and green bean salad" is...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST LIQUOR LOWDOWN

Why is it that we like to read about food and drink so much on the Web? In no other Internet area, except maybe...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST PANCAKE WITH A SIDE OF CHOW MEIN

Punjab Chinese American Restaurant (the name's not a reference to the Indian state, here it means "fire dragon") offers free mimosas with its weekend...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST DONUTSOS

All our lives, we have searched for a pastry that resembles a mosh pit fatality. And now that we've found it — the raspberry...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST REVENGE SERVED COLD

At 7.5 percent alcohol by volume, Speakeasy Brewery's Payback Porter is dark, sweet, and potent — good traits for anything, great traits in a...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST HAPP(IL)Y( SELF-DETERMINED) HOUR

Booze cruise to Asiento at 5 p.m. Every day, the first person into the Mission District bar at the designated hour of power gets...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST SWEAT FOR YOUR STANZAS

Fitting, we must profess, that the namesake of George Sterling Memorial Park was a poet. The views from this Russian Hill rec hub make...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST REAL DEAL BARBER

Florindo "Flo" Cimino opened his barber shop atop Potrero Hill in 1953, when he was 20. He has been snipping at the same address...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST SMILING STAR OF THE SALVADORAN SAVORIES

Maria del Carmen Flores of Estrellita's Snacks has been cooking since she was six. She took notes from her mother in El Salvador until...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST STAR EGG

You'll want to come back to Oakland's Commis again and again and again for chef James Syhabout's not-so-secret faux breakfast, a dreamy amuse-bouche that...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST WAKE ‘N’ SHAKE

The only bad thing about Rudy's Can't Fail Café in Emeryville is the parking — and that's because everything else is so damn good....

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST SUBLINGUAL HIGH

The Bay Area's well-developed medical marijuana industry has done much to elevate the age-old practice of smoking marijuana to new heights, with sticky, stinky...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST BIGGEST BAYVIEW BRAZILIAN BURGERS

Make sure you're hungry when you roll up to the Junior Barbecue food truck to order one of Junior's famous Brazilian burgers. The sandwich...

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

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...

Best of the Bay 2011: BEST CHOCOLATE LIQUIFACTION

In the third season of Dexter, top cop Maria has two bonding experiences with women that are consummated with two words: "ganache frosting." Ganache...