Discover S.F.'s Best Burger, Pizza, Outdoor Bar, Bakery, Hangtown Fry, and More in Our Annual Best Of Issue, Out Today
Our annual Best Of San Francisco issue dropped today, and with it more than 50 blurbs on our favorite aspects of food and drink in the city. This year's theme was Boomtown, which gave us a lot of room to explore S.F.'s classics as well as its newest achievements.
So we sing the praises of both the Wes Burger pop-up and the "hamburger sandwich" at Original Joe's; the sleek rooftop deck at El Techo de Lolinda and the chill back patio at Zeitgeist; the beautiful viennoiserie at B. Patisserie and the more rustic creations at Tartine; the high-tech charms of Local Mission Market and the decidedly low-key ones of Lucca Deli; the weird and wonderful brews at Mikkeller and the weird and wonderful brews at Toronado; the crust on the PizzaHacker pies and the late-night convenience of Marcello's.
Plus, befitting the vaguely Gold Rush theme, we explore S.F.'s best oyster bar, sourdough creation, Hangtown Fry, saloons to feel like a prospector, and much more in our Food & Drink and Bars & Clubs sections.
My favorite item to write was an exploration of the 1963 culinary guidebook, A Cook's Tour of San Francisco, by the late local food writer Doris Muscadine. Besides being a fascinating peek into the San Francisco dining scene a half-century ago, Muscadine's hand-wringing over how her city was changing beyond recognition resonates even more today. Proving once again that there's really nothing new under the sun.
Check out the issue, and stop by our Best Of party at Public Works tonight (6-9 p.m.), where $20 at the door will get you unlimited drinks, food, and nostalgia in the form of a '90s cover band. See you there!