Monday, May 21, 2007

SF Weekly's Best of San Francisco List

SF Weekly's annual Best of San Francisco is out, with Coi named the critics' Best New High End Restaurant. As for the readers choices:

Best Restaurant: Delfina
Best New Restaurant: Umami
Best Chef: Craig Stoll
Best Late-Night Eats: Sparky’s
Best Hidden Restaurant: Nopa
Best Patio: The Ramp
Best Romantic Restaurant: Fleur de Lys
Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Greens
Best Seafood Restaurant: Aqua
Best Greasy Spoon: The Pork Store
Best Thai Restaurant: Marnee Thai
Best Ethiopian Restaurant: Axum Café
Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Yumma’s Mediterranean Grill
Best Italian Restaurant: Delfina
Best Chinese Restaurant: House of Nanking
Best Greek Restaurant: Kokkari Estiatorio
Best Japanese Restaurant: Umami
Best Indian Restaurant: Naan n Curry
Best French Restaurant: Jeanty at Jack’s
Best California Cuisine: Zuni
Best Bakery: Tartine
Best Desserts: Citizen Cake
Best Ice Cream: Mitchell’s
Best Sandwiches: House of Bagels
Best Burrito: Papalote
Best Burger: Burgermeister
Best Steak: Izzy’s
Best Dim Sum: Yank Sing
Best Pizza: Little Star
Best Sushi: Ozumo
Best Brunch: Mama’s
Best Tapas/Small Plates: Cha Cha Cha
Best Barbecue: Memphis Minnie’s
Best Coffeehouse: Philz Coffee
Best Teahouse: Samovar
Best Grocery Store: Rainbow
Best Produce: Whole Foods
Best Farmers’ Market: Ferry Plaza
Best Bar: Zeitgeist
Best Brewpub: San Francisco Brewing Company
Best Wine Bar: CAV Wine Bar and Kitchen
Best Pickup Bar: Beauty Bar
Best Dyke Bar: The Lexington
Best Gay Bar: The Café
Best Hipster Bar: Zeitgeist
Best Karaoke Bar: The Mint
Best Smoking Bar: Amber
Best Happy Hour: The Elbo Room

Esquire's Best Bars Includes SF Foursome
Esquire magazine's second annual Best Bars of America list is out in the June 2007 issue. They include:

Lou's Pub & Package, Birmingham, Ala.; J Lounge, Golden Gopher, The Edison, The Broadway Bar, La Cita, Bordello, Redwood, and Bar 107, Los Angeles; Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood, Calif.; The Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills; Beach Ball, Newport Beach, Calif.; Brennan's Pub, Marina Del Ray, Calif.; Bourbon & Branch, The Owl Tree, Vesuvio, and Zeitgeist, San Francisco; The Sportsman, Sonora, Calif.; Cruise Room, and El Chapultepec, Denver; Jimbo's, and Churchill's Pub, Miami; The Clermont Lounge, Atlanta; Lewers Lounge at the Halekulani Hotel, and La Mariana Sailing Club, Honolulu; The California Clipper, The Red Lion Pub, Bungalow, The Matchbox, Hideout, and Chipp Inn, Chicago; The Red Key, and Nicky Blaine's, Indianapolis; The Old Seelbach Bar, Louisville; The Chart Room, The Bar at Tujague's, Fritzel's European Jazz Pub, and Napoleon House, New Orleans; The Brewer's Art, and Shamrock Inn, Baltimore; B-Side Lounge, Cambridge, Mass.; No. 9 Park, Boston; Doyle's Cafe, Jamaica Plain, Mass.; The Bar at Seldom Blues, Detroit; Miller's Bar, Dearborn, Mich.; Bulldog NE, and Nye's Polonaise Room, Minneapolis; Half Time Rec, St. Paul; John D. McGurk's, St. Louis; Any bar on the Strip, Double Down Saloon, and Petrossian Bar, Las Vegas; Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel, Little Branch, The Bar at Keens Steakhouse, Minetta Tavern, Jimmy's Corner, The Angel's Share, The Brooklyn Inn, The Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, Flatiron Lounge, The Saloon, San Domenico Restaurant, Spuyten Duyvil, 21 Club, Grassroots Tavern, Bill's Gay 90s, Julius', and Pegu Club, New York City; Freddy's Bar & Backroom, Brooklyn; Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Queens; Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte, NC; Andyman's Treehouse, Columbus, Ohio; The Library Bar & Grill, Norman, Okla.; Friendly Lounge, The Grey Lodge, and Southwark, Philadelphia; Dee's Cafe, Pittsburgh; Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, and Robert's Western World, Nashville; La Tuna, San Antonio; Donn's Depot, Austin; The Inwood Lounge, Dallas; Shooting Star Saloon, Huntsville, Utah; Sambar, Zig Zag Cafe, and Fu Kun Wu, Seattle; Hawk 'n' Dove, and The Tune Inn, Washington, DC; Holler House, Milwaukee.

IN THE NEWS: The New York Times reports on the revival of San Jose and references restaurants Arcadia and Original Joe's. ... The Mercury News' Aleta Watson gives two and a half stars to Palace B.B.Q. Buffet (1092 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale). ... Metro Active's Stett Holbrook reviews Udupi Palace (976 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale). ... stops by Two restaurant in SOMA.

Compiled by Pat Embry,

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