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Monday, January 10, 2011

We're Compiling a List of San Francisco's Best Dishes

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 4:51 PM

click to enlarge PERRY LUCINA
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Coming up with SFoodie's annual list of San Francisco's best things to eat and drink is like packing for a yearlong sabbatical to Antarctica. You start by laying out on the bed all the clothes you think you need, then abandon stuff when you find you can't cram it into your duffel. The roast chicken at Zuni? Delicious, but not if it means we can't fit the dry-fried vegetables from Ruchi.

Over the next 18 weeks ― till May 18, when we publish our Best of San Francisco 2011,exactly 92 publishing days from now ― we'll shake out our duffel bag of the best things to eat and drink in San Francisco. It's a list that reflects how we live now, a mix of things from fine-dining places, food trucks, bars, coffee kiosks, pastry shops, and neighborhood dives. Along the way, let us know how we're doing: Did we nail it, or somehow pull of the equivalent of hauling a load of skorts and tank tops to McMurdo Station?

Dishes in our series so far:

92: Goat tacos from El Norteño

91: Faux shark's fin soup at Benu

90: Esperpento's alcachofas a la plancha

89: Poco Dolce's olive oil chocolate bar

88: Decantr's chicken-liver mousseline

87: Outerlands' levain bread

86: Fraîche's frozen yogurt

85: Gyro King's spinach pie

84: Tandoori fish from Lahore Karahi

83: Braised oxtail and daikon from Namu

82: Golden Gate Bakery's custard tart

81: Commonwealth's cured foie gras with umeboshi purée

80: Star Stream's Liège-style waffle

79: Mexican hot chocolate from La Oaxaqueña

78: Meatball sandwich from Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe

77: Cheesecake from Zanze's

76: Chicken pepian at San Miguel

75: Macau iced coffee at Vega/Special Xtra

74: Comstock Saloon's Pisco Punch

73: Hai Ky Mi Gia's duck leg noodle soup

72: Sauerbraten at Walzwerk

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