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Best of the Bay 2013: BEST CULTURED CACAO

Born of owner Arcelia Gallardo and co-owner Amelia Gonzalez' passion for Latin America's rich pre-Colombian heritage, Casa de Chocolates offers spicy, artisanal iterations of the divine sweet, expertly accented by the flavors of Mesoamerica's...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST LUNCH PARTY IN THE USA

Perish all lunchtime thoughts of those tea-sipping, watercress sandwich-prone Windsors across the pond — in America, our royalty slurps down such delights as fried peanut butter and banana sandos. But, if you're the worldly...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST MISSION BAR YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF (YET)

Don't let the pious name fool you (behold its slogan: "The Holiest Place to Fall from Grace"). Follow Mission Street all the way up, past Safeway, past Spicy Bite, practically above the fog, to...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST PALETA CLEANSER

So you've just gobbled down an incredible meal at Nopalito that began with a heaping bowl of melted-cheese-covered tortilla chips, followed by carnitas and several bites of your tablemate's chicken mole. You sipped multiple...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST POPPED-UP BOTTLES

You know what this place could use? Some no-frills, open-to-all wine tasting. Enter Mugsy Wine Bar, a pop-up most often spotted at El Rio that knows how to class up a place without bringing down...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST CELEB BREAD

Oh, you thought Food Network personality Tyler Florence was the celebrity most likely to appear at the elegant American bistro he owns in the Financial District? Nope. Before you even order off the classy-comfort-food...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST WORMWOOD WARLOCKS

There aren't many in the craft-spirit making movement who can boast of having a US Navy nuclear engineer as a master distiller. The story goes: Lance Winters came to St. George Spirits and presented...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST SURPRISE SANDWICHES

"Pastries for lunch?" Your friends might scoff, but oh, what a surprise they're in for upon entering this hidden gem tucked between office buildings and business folks. "Banh mi!," they will exclaim, and although...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BURMESE BRUNCH BRUSSELS SPROUTS

The wait line to get into excellent Inner Richmond Burmese restaurant Burma Superstar is legendary — so legendary that most of us stopped considering it as a dinner option. So when, a few years...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BARLEYWINE BLAST

Although it's been absorbed to an extent by SF Beer Week, Toronado's annual Barleywine Festival has been around much longer (20 years as of last February), and it eschews the exuberant trappings of most...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST ZAP IN A GLASS

One of the most amazing recent dishes to smack the local foodie scene upside the head: Mission Chinese Food's Chongqing chicken wings, the little crispy limbs buried in so many "explosive" chili peppers that...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BORSCHT IN BERNAL

Even if you don't much care for piroshkis (although if that's the case, we feel only sorrow in our hearts for you), the borscht will keep you coming back to Anda Piroshki. Tucked away...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BEST “MADE” PIZZA

If San Francisco's classier pizza joints ever threw down in some kind of mozzarella-fueled turf war, the smart money would be on Capo's — the year-old North Beach joint that's just as versed in...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BUN NOODLIN’

Yes, you will do it in part for the Instagram. However, the hypebeasts were right on this one: Nombe's ramenburger is something any self-respecting gourmand in this town has to try. (Curious folks waited...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST ALL-NATURAL SWEETIE

Juice may be the perky cheerleader in a made-for-tweens drama, but smoothies are the quiet girl that the plot eventually turns on — you know, the one with deeper substance, a touch of shy...

Best of the Bay 2013 Editors Picks: Shopping

SHOPPINGEDITORS PICKSEditors picks are chosen by Guardian editors for special recognition for brightening the Bay Area experience.BEST PLACE TO PARK YOUR CARD Get that paper, paper, paper — printed. Holed up in a cozy...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST GUIDE FOR A CHALLENGING FUTURE

The organization has offered lectures and panel talks on key policy issues to Bay Area audiences for years, but the Commonwealth Club of California's Climate One series deserves a shout-out for bringing the most...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST MEMOS FROM HELL

"I'm so disappointed in Tartine. They can't make a real croissant. They're too heavy!" "I've had a really hard weekend, I'm exhausted. All I've done is go to music festivals." "You know him, he's...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST SUPER-WELLNESS INSURANCE

Clamber up to the Queen Anne Victorian home on a quiet Richmond corner to find some of the best free health care in the city. For 20 years, the SF Free Clinic has tended...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST NEW DRONE HIVE (WITH BUZZ)

Face it: cafes do not want an all-day camper leeching off their wi-fi (and scaring away their customers), and people working on their laptops want a place to work where they don't have to...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BAR FOR A SECOND DATE

Fancy foodie joints, indie movies, trendy pop-ups, and all that jazz: all great ways to unwind the weirdness of date No. 2, but when it's a Tuesday, you worked all day, and exhausted yourself...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST EYE ON THE OCEAN

Perched above Sutro Baths near Ocean Beach, on a cliff whose face always seems to be exploding with colorful blooms, the exceedingly graceful 4,050 sq. ft. National Park Service visitor center at Point Lobos...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST SCHOOL OF THRASH

Between competing coffee shops and obscured by the whirl of growing foot traffic on Divisadero Street sits an old Victorian, surrounded by a fence, upon which hangs a hand-painted sign. The SF Skate Club's mission...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST HOME RUN

If you're a local baseball fan and you haven't yet run the Giant Race, you're missing out, and not just because race entry includes a bobblehead (this year: sparkle-eyed Sergio Romo decked out in...