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Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BE-SPOKED FASHION

We're constantly on the hunt for the perfect outfit that will make it through our daily transition from work serf to night owl. Reversible scarves, tear-away skirts, all black outfits — those...

BEST OF THE BAY 2013: LOCAL HEROES

Bruce Brugmann, Jean Dibble, and Tim RedmondThe San Francisco Bay Guardian — which has had a significant impact on the Bay Area's cultural and political dynamics and dialogue over the last 47 years —...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST PLACE TO PARK YOUR CARD

Get that paper, paper, paper — printed. Holed up in a cozy garage with a cute dog and a hunky Vandercock proof press (a rare specimen last produced in the 1960s), the...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST NEW GOLD RUSH

Friends, we have eaten gold leaf. That's what they're serving these days at the new digs of the most lauded restaurant in SF, Saison: a voluptuous dish of sea urchin over grilled root custard...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST WORLD SOUND BITES

Watch live flamenco and Arabian fusion music while you dance with a side of papas bravas and plantains. Take in the All-Star Latin Band on weekly Cuban and world music nights while munching Andean...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST LATE NIGHT HOT POCKETS

Spurn the crowds across the street at ever-popular Taqueria Cancun's Bernal-side outpost. You, a seasoned Missionite, have had your fill of what one of our dear ones likes to call "the Mexican death log."...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST POT LUCK

An invention that seems perfect for the busy-yet-locavore-obsessed Bay Area (though test markets are popping up in Brooklyn, New Orleans, and LA) sustainable ready-to-eat delivery service Good Eggs seems to have it all. But...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST POW WOW PUNK CHEF

You may see Rocky Yazzie at the best live venues around town doing one of two things. Either he's rocking coveralls and slinging authentic Native American fry bread, or banging it out with his self-described "pow...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST NOLA WEST

Appropriately, the Chapel opened last year with a string of concerts by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a group named for its origin point at NOLA's Preservation Hall jazz venue. That's the spot Valencia...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST FREEKEH-BEET TO FREAK ABOUT

It is with good reason that Hella Vegan Eats' doughnut burger was the runaway star of the San Francisco Street Food Festival this year. No false modesty here: the Bay Guardian had already been praising...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST SURROUND SOUND DINING

When the sound system at your restaurant outstrips the food when it comes to rave reviews, you might have a problem. But the folks at Berkeleys's elegant, spare, and forward-thinking Comal are confident enough...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST CURRY QUEUE

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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST POP SCENE

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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST NORTH BEACH FRY BOMB

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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST CHILL TREAT

"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,...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST GROWTH IN THE YARD

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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST COMMUTER CRUSTS

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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST OUT-THERE GROCERIES

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,...

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

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...

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

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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST PASTRY ERUPTION

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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST ESCAPE EN ESPANOL

Hayes Valley is a neighborhood in constant flux — witness the condo complex that's rising where the Hayes Valley Farm's beehives and veggie rows once stood. Just across Fell Street from this construction is...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER BAR

A cozy bar with unbeatable drink deals, a genre-spanning variety of DJ nights (soul! Classic country! Brazilian! 1950s mod!), undiscovered by the mouth-breathing masses, yet conveniently located just a few meatball-lengths away from the...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST RETRO EGG CREAM

Did you think egg creams were something you'd only ever experience onscreen in a teens-of-the-1950s movie? Then welcome the sweet, bustling counter here — named for its owner's great-grandmother — which is doing its...