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Bars, Pubs & Wine Bars

15 Romolo

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15 Romolo is the most curious, inventive shrine to that fortified wine, sherry. This past year marked the bar’s third annual “Sherry Christmas,” featuring a menu of sherry-based cocktails and a food menu designed around pairings. The cocktails are designed first to preserve the particular integrity of different sherries, building on their complexity in a wildly kaleidoscopic approach to flavor. 

20 Spot

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Alembic

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Amelie Wine Bar

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Benjamin Cooper

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Bin 38

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California Wine Merchant

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Cellar Door

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Fig & Thistle

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Forgery

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Hotel Biron

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Ino Vino

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Interos Wine Cafe

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Breweries

21st Amendment

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Anchor Brewing Company

Butchers & Meat Purveyors

4505 Meats

Website Tags: Mission

Avedano's Holly Park Market

Website Tags: Bernal Heights

Avendano's Holly Park Market

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The commitment to quality ingredients and to the community aren’t the only things that are a throwback here; the market itself is located in a building that’s been home to different butchers since 1901.

 

Bel Campo

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Drewe's Brothers Meats

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Fatted Calf

Website Tags: Hayes Valley

Restaurants

54 Mint

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"With its largely Italian waitstaff and clientele, a meal at 54 Mint is the next best thing to a plane ticket to Rome. A happy respite from the neighborhood's hustle and bustle, the space boasts a contemporary dining room stocked with shelves of Italian ingredients and a surprisingly tranquil front patio facing Mint Plaza."  -- Michelin Guide

A16

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ALTA CA

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Andytown Coffee Roasters

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Arizmendi Bakery Pizza

Aziza

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Bar Crudo

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Bar Tartine

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Café Claude

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Contigo

Website Tags: Noe Valley

Delfina

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Winter menu: Chilled Dungeness Crab | star ruby grapefruit, fennel, red oak lettuce

Tags: Mission

Duarte's Tavern

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Farmer Brown

Website Tags: Civic Center

Flour + Water

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HISTORY: Opened 2009 in the heart of the San Francisco's Mission District, Flour + Water continues to showcase a menu influenced by regional traditions throughout Italy with Northern Californian inspirations led by Executive Chef Thomas McNaughton.

CHEF: Executive Chef Thomas McNaughton is a CIA, Hyde Park graduate and has cooked at La Folie, Gary Danko and Quince in San Francisco. McNaughton also has numerous stints at Michelin-rated restaurants in France, Germany and Italy. 

PIZZA FAVORITES: Neapolitan-style pizzas prepared in a wood-fired oven. We like the Zucca with summer squash, ricotta, salmoriglio and squash blossom or the Salsiccia with pork sausage, calabrian chili, capers, lambs quarters and fontina.

PASTA FAVES: We're loving the trenette with nasturtium leaf pesto and capriago, or the pici with braised duck, gypsy pepper and summer squash, or the duck raviolini with smoked apricot, corn & nasturtium. You get the picture... 

DRINKS: The Flour + Water wine list is focused on the Italian northwest, specifically Piemonte, which matches the inspiration for the menu as well. One of the sexiest wines on the list, is the Foradori, Manzoni Bianco, with a deliciously round and unctuous mouthfeel, backed with just enough acidity to pull off a hedonistic finish. Don't miss the wines of I Cilvi, which are also very food friendly, featuring intensely mineral palates and compact, focused acidic profiles.  

DESSERT: Chocolate budino (molten pudding) with espresso cream & sea salt. Just say yes please and thank us later.

LISTEN UP: Flour + Water published their daily playlist of hand-picked jams by their "music directors" to the F+W blog: 20thsreetcorridor.com 

WINTER MENU: Beet chitarra with dungeness crab, romanesco & meyer lemon

Tags: Mission

Frances

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Winter menu: Dungeness Crab with Charred Dirty Girl Beets, Satsuma Mandarin, Lemongrass.

 

Gialina Pizza

Website Tags: Glen Park

Green Chile Kitchen

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Hog & Rocks

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Ichi Sushi

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Read the Edible San Francisco feature on Ichi Sushi

Catching Up with a Few of Our Favorite Bay Area Seafood Wranglers.

Tags: Mission

Ichi Sushi

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Ichi Sushi

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Il Cane Rosso

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Izakaya Rintaro

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Winter menu: Dungeness crab sunomono, shime saba with sesame tare, yuzudofu

Jardiniere

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Bakeries & Patisseries

Acme Bread Company

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Anthony’s Cookies

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Arizmendi Bakery

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B. Patisserie

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Bakeries: Liguria Bakery

Craftsman and Wolves

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Dynamo Donuts

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Dynamo Donuts

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Josey Baker Bread at the Mill

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Housed in the Mill on Divisadero Street, Josey Baker Bread shares space with another outpost of Four Barrel Coffee. This is the home of the infamous $4 toast (which actually is priced at $3.75). Read our feature on that crispy slab of bread here: BURNT: A Heated Hullabaloo Over $4 Toast.

Bars, Pubs & Wine Bars, Restaurants

Amoura

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Belga

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Hawker Fare

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Wine, Beer & Liquor Shops

Arlequin Wine Merchant

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Biondivino

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DIG Wines

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Bars, Pubs & Wine Bars, Butchers & Meat Purveyors, Restaurants

Belcampo

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Kitchen & Home

Bernal Cutlery

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City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

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HISTORY: Laurence Ferlinghetti put San Francisco and City Lights on the map in 1956 when he published Ginsberg’s infamous Howl and Other Poems. Ferlinghetti was charged with obscenity for publishing the book and a high-profile trial ensued. In the end, he prevailed and Howl has sold nearly a million copies of its City Lights edition. 

 

 

Heath Ceramics

Ice Cream Shops

Bi-Rite Creamery

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Owners: San Francisco pastry chefs Anne Walker and Kris Hoogerhyde started their confectionary tradition in a rented kitchen in 2002. Every day, they’d drive their homemade baked goods to the Bi-Rite Market. Even now, they bake all the brownies, peanut brittle, cookies, and other treats blended into their flavors or used for their ice cream sandwiches.

History: When Walker and Hoogerhyde saw an empty storefront across the street from the Bi-Rite Market, they pounced on it, opening Bi-Rite Creamery in 2006. The market itself has been around since 1940.

Favorites: Bi-Rite’s Salted Caramel is its most famous flavor, but fans line up around the block for the sweet, clean Honey Lavender and quirky Balsamic Strawberry. Vegan flavors like coconut strawberry are delicious enough to satisfy even the most demanding dairy-free sweet tooth.

Extra Scoop: Bi-Rite Creamery is a Certified San Francisco Green Business and runs a sustainable shop in several ways: Its sugar cones are organic; its tasting spoons are reusable metal not disposable plastic; and the cups, spoons, napkins and containers are all compostable. 

Humphry Slocombe

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Owner: Jake Godby, the brain behind Humphry Slocombe’s ribald tweets and eye-popping flavor board, served as pastry chef at Thomas Keller’s Coi, among other fine restaurants, before creating the ice cream juggernaut with his business partner, Sean Vahey.

History: Humphry Slocombe was an immediate hit when it opened in 2006, catching buzz from bloggers and established food critics alike. At Coi, Godby’s creations often perplexed diners—many of his wacky ice cream flavors have done the same, but other than the occasional disappointed kid (who might not end up enjoying a prosciutto-flavored scoop), no one in San Francisco seems to mind. They line up just the same.

Favorites: Secret Breakfast is one of the shop’s most famous flavors, and one of very few that appear on the menu daily. Yelpers also rave about Black Sesame, Jesus Juice, Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, and Pride favorite Harvey Milk & Honey Graham.

Fun Fact: The shop’s name is a reference to two characters on the old British sitcom Are You Being Served?

Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain

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Groceries & Markets

Bi-Rite Market

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Canyon Market

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Haight Street Market

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Coffee Roasters

Blue Bottle Coffee

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Kitchenwares

Book Passage

Green Apple Books

HISTORY: Green Apple Books was founded in 1967 and is now owned and operated by a trio of book enthusiasts, Kevin Hunsanger, Kevin Ryan, Mergatroid, and Pete Mulvihill. The original store occupied just 750 square feet on the corner of Clement Street and Sixth Avenue, but has now expanded grown to the current size which houses the record and CD departments as well.

FAVORITES: Green Apple Books boasts San Francisco's largest used cookbook selection. Its prime hunting ground for anyone in search of a used collection of Jacques Pepin's The Art of Cooking, Volumes 1 & 2, or any of the vintage Time Life cookbook series authored by the legendary Richard Olney. We've found many old favorites on Green Apple's shelves, including classics by SF Bay Area authors Paula Wolfert, Madeleine Kamman and Barbara Tropp, whose The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking remains one of the all-time best cookbooks on Chinese-American cooking.

Bookstores & Gift Shops

Bookshop West Portal

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Chocolatiers & Confectioneries

Charles Chocolates

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Dandelion Chocolate

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Coffee & Tea Houses, Coffee Roasters

Coffee Bar

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History: Coffee Bar opened seven years ago as a neighborhood meeting place dedicated to top-quality coffee. It is the pet project of the DiRuocco family (and is owned by Luigi, son of Mr. Espresso founder Carlo), who still work together in Oakland roasting the beans that make it into your cup here.

 

Favorites: Both hot and iced lattes (topped with foam art, naturally) are popular here, along with soy- and almond-milk creations that cater to those who live dairy-free. If you’re looking for food, local vendors supply Coffee Bar with breakfast burritos, Cuban sandwiches, and veggie burgers, all drawing consistent raves. 

 

Not Just the Joe: Coffee Bar’s large space, free Wi-Fi and numerous plugs make it a fashionable hangout for the laptop-toting set, so it’s a fun, lively place to settle into for a few hours if you have to work on your novel or the business plan for your start-up. However, if you’re just stopping by on your lunch break from a real office, you’ll still be able to find a seat: On weekdays from noon until 2pm, a special set of tables is designated computer-free and has 30-minute time limits. 

Four Barrel Coffee

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History: Jeremy Tooker is something of a big name in the coffee-roasting world. He’s been feted by Food and Wine magazine as one of  40 big food thinkers under 40, and his geek-level pedigree includes the cofounding of Ritual Coffee Roasters as well as time with Portland’s iconic Stumptown. Naturally, the buzz was big when he opened Four Barrel in 2008. Despite some early backlash against its hipster baristas and cooler-than-thou attitude, Four Barrel has secured a place in SF’s coffee hall of fame, and Tooker has gone on to expand his empire, which now includes a popular bakery-coffee collaboration with Josey Baker Bread, called The Mill.

 

Favorites: Local fans (and they are legion) rave on Yelp about “the smooth, bold flavors of the espresso,” which is “delicious with very little, almost nonexistent, bitter finish”—so start with that. If you want to take something home, you can’t go wrong with the fruity, sweet Guatemala Antigua Pompeya or the clean, warmly rounded Guatemala Antigua Chuito. Browse the Four Barrel website for more info on its single-origin offerings.

 

Not Just the Joe: Four Barrel doesn’t just care about what you drink in its shops, it also cares about what you drink at home. That’s why its self-proclaimed resident coffee nerd, Alex Powar, teaches evening classes on how to brew better coffee. Students learn to properly use scales and various brewing equipment (such as a Chemex, a Clever dripper, and a Hario V60), and go home with a discount to the store’s shop. If you do choose to come into any of the locations for a barista-brewed cup, don’t bother bringing your laptop. There’s no Wi-Fi and no plugs, just lots of interesting people to get to know over a steaming cup of coffee.

 

Food Carts, Stands & Trucks, Restaurants

Del Popolo Pizza

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Coffee & Tea Houses

Farley's Cafe

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Farmers Markets

Farmers Market: Alemany Farmers’ Market

Farmers Market: Castro

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Farmers Market: Fern Alley

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Farmers Market: Ferry Plaza

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Farmers Market: Fillmore

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Farmers Market: Fort Mason

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Farmers Market: Glen Park Village

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Farmers Market: Heart of the City

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Farmers Market: Inner Richmond

Farmers Market: Inner Sunset

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Farmers Market: Kaiser Permanente

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Farmers Market: Mission Bay

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Farmers Market: Noe Valley

Farmers Market: Stonestown

Farmers Market: UCSF Parnassus

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Farmers Market: Upper Haight

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Farmers Market: VA Farmers Market

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Butchers & Meat Purveyors, Groceries & Markets

Gus's Community Market

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Specialty & Artisanal Shops

Hudson Grace

Cafes & Bistros, Coffee & Tea Houses

Headquarters Coffee: Big Things in Little Packages

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A cozy little nook on Charlotte Pike that is literally housed in a converted alley between buidings. Headquarters serves up coffee and espresso options for the West side, along with tasty treats that are from the prestigious Dozen Bakery in the Wedgewood Houston neighborhood.  They also have an excellent selection of foodie magazines (including Edible), and the local community.  "We're really committed to carrying only local vendors, because we believe that doing so creates jobs, revenue, and our neighbors' success." -Louisa Green, proprietor. To find it, drive slow when on Charlotte Pike, and look for thhe life-size Elivs on the sidewalk of the store next door.

Also, make sure to check out the tiny mural in a whole in the brick wall. Adorable. 

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