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Best of the Bay 2012: BEST BOWLING IN THE GUTTER, BUT EATING WITH THE STARS

BEST BOWLING IN THE GUTTER, BUT EATING WITH THE STARS The new Mission Bowling Club is one badass bowling alley. There's no funky smell...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SIX-WAY STIMULANT

BEST SIX-WAY STIMULANT We said it when this hot spot opened in 2010, and we'll say it again: the coffee preparation at Ma'velous ranks...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST BACKROOM CHICKEN

BEST BACKROOM CHICKEN Win ultimate cool points on a night in North Beach by taking your friends to Chubby Noodle, a wee Asian hideaway...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST FRESH-SQUEEZED FLIGHTS

BEST FRESH-SQUEEZED FLIGHTS If founders Derek Castro and Luisa Alberto have anything to say about it, the juice bar is the wine bar of the...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST GENERATIONS OF DISTILLATION

BEST GENERATIONS OF DISTILLATION It's a true family affair at Charbay Family Vineyard and Distillery, located in the wilds of Napa's Spring Mountain district,...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST A LA CART

BEST A LA CART State Bird Provisions opened in late 2011, honoring Lower Fillmore's jazz spirit with inventive plates (a bargain at $5-18 a...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SATISFYING READ

BEST SATISFYING READ Directions for preparing seaweed burger, mouth-watering ramen that doesn't come from a Styrofoam cup, and monkfish tripe have all found their...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST TOFU SORCERERS

BEST TOFU SORCERERS It's rare to taste a sliver of tofu fresh from the package that melts in your mouth. Blocks of the standard...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST OLD SCHOOL PANINI

BEST OLD SCHOOL PANINI There are places in North Beach that are parodies of themselves: fake replicas of what someone from North Dakota might...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST CURD CRUSADER

BEST CURD CRUSADER Cheesemaking: the process sounds intimidating, but no matter how you slice it, it's all about caring for curds. You, the non-dairy-farming...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST IT’S WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS

BEST IT'S WHAT'S INSIDE THAT COUNTSChristine Doerr, the chocoholic force behind Neo Cocoa, makes truffles sans the outer hard chocolate shell. Why bother with...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST GEMÜTLICHKEIT

BEST GEMÜTLICHKEIT Mention Speisekammer Restaurant to islanders who know, and you'll get an instant flash of that gemütlichkeit, or cheery coziness, the spot is...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ALL-AMERICAN CONFECTIONARY OVERLOAD

BEST ALL-AMERICAN CONFECTIONARY OVERLOAD What's more American than apple pie? We're of the informal opinion that it's milkshakes, and no, we're not being paid...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SEASONAL SUDS

BEST SEASONAL SUDS Don't scoff at fruit beer — at least not until you've tried a bottle from Almanac Beer Co. Jesse Friedman and...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SPICY CRACKER

BEST SPICY CRACKER Noe Valley's new destination sushi bar Saru does an excellent job of revamping its closet-sized space, making it feel roomier, sleeker,...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SPLASH OF GREEN

Need a bit of gentle encouragement before you open your home to an exquisite orchid? Will it take a little nudge before carnivorous...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST VALUE-ADDED WAFFLE

BEST VALUE-ADDED WAFFLE Despite regulations handed down by the city's Medical Cannabis Task Force, which have eschewed food that can't be stored at room...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST BREW-NOS AIRES

BEST BREW-NOS AIRES If you're looking for the perfect brew to pop into your Dolores Park-prepped picnic basket, look no further than the new-ish...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST STYLE FOR APOCALYPSE SURVIVAL

Triple Aught Designs fills a post-North Face niche almost too perfectly: the outdoor apparel company is locally based (it's headquartered in the...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ILLUMINATI

Situation: You've just moved into a new place, only to look up and discover that the previous owner somehow Frankensteined three different ...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST RIBS IN THE ROUGH

BEST RIBS IN THE ROUGH One need only scope the location of Double D BBQ next to the decidedly unlovely International Avenue to grok...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST POLKA PURVEYOR

Though Skylar Fell fell in love with the squeezebox via a happy exposure to the punks of the East Bay's Accordion Plague back...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST BABKA, BUBBELEH

BEST BABKA, BUBBELEH Have you ever fantasized about eating a chocolate bar for breakfast and totally getting away with it? (Be honest now.) No...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST HOGWARTS GREENHOUSE FOR MUGGLES

They may not scream when you uproot them or ensnare you with insidious vineage, but the exceptional succulents, epiphytes, and bromeliads at...