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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST CELEB BREAD

October 15, 2013
Oh, you thought Food Network personality Tyler Florence was the celebrity most likely to appear at the elegant American bistro he owns in the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 —...

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...

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...

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...

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

October 15, 2013
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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST MEMOS FROM HELL

October 15, 2013
"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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST SUPER-WELLNESS INSURANCE

October 15, 2013
Clamber up to the Queen Anne Victorian home on a quiet Richmond corner to find some of the best free health care in the...

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

October 15, 2013
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...

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

October 15, 2013
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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST EYE ON THE OCEAN

October 15, 2013
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...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST SCHOOL OF THRASH

October 15, 2013
Between competing coffee shops and obscured by the whirl of growing foot traffic on Divisadero Street sits an old Victorian, surrounded by a fence,...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST HOME RUN

October 15, 2013
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...