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in San Francisco/Bay Area (including Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, & Walnut Creek, California)

4505 Burgers & BBQ
Follow your nose to this barbecue bonanza.

Barlago Italian Kitchen
A friendly neighborhood trattoria with fine lake views.

Borrone MarketBar
For a quick bite or a full meal, Borrone's MarketBar is a pleasant Menlo Park oasis.

Bradley's Fine Diner
Bradley Ogden's upscale diner concept in Menlo Park.

Brenda's Meat & Three
Southern must-haves shine at this friendly, casual palace of catfish, andouille, johnnycake and grits.

OPENING MAY 2015 --- Mexican restaurant inside The Hive from the team behind Oakland's Chop Bar and Lungomare.

Young hipsters pack this shared-plate restaurant adjoining the Presidio Theatre.

Chubby Noodle
Asian fusion, marinated in hipster chic.

Chef Chris Cosentino presents a blend of whole butchery and fresh, local ingredients.

The Commissary
Traci Des Jardins owns this Presidio outpost, offering California-interpreted Spanish cuisine in a former military mess hall.

Crystal Jade Jiang Nan
Chinese cuisine complemented by some of the best views in town.

Dragon Beaux
Edgy, artful dim sum and hot pots --- many of which are so attractive that you'll be torn between eating them and gazing at them.

Fat Noodle
OPENING IN 2015 --- Hand-pulled noodle dishes in downtown San Francisco.

Fattoria e Mare
California-updated Italian cuisine crafted with locally sourced products.

Fournée Bakery
Francophiles, families and weekend cyclists are among those who flock to this sophisticated bakery beacon near the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa.

Hawker Fare
James Syhabout's San Francisco debut, featuring spicy Thai and Lao flavors in dishes meant to be shared.

Hong Kong Lounge
Local dim sum cognoscenti put lunch at Hong Kong Lounge at the top of their list.

Fusionized comfort food that might be the voice of its generation.

Lazy Bear
Enjoy a tasting menu of Modern American cuisine in a communal dining setting.

Le Marais Bistro & Bakery
Croissants, kouign-ammans and boudin blanc stamp Le Marais indelibly as French, French, French.

Les Clos
Saison alums present a wine bar-café in San Francisco's SoMa district.

Libby Jane
Overflow crowds from Brenda's French Soul Food can feast on some of their BFSF favorites here.

Liholiho Yacht Club
Ravi Kapur's very personal restaurant in Lower Nob Hill, a nod to his Hawaiian heritage.

Manos Nouveau
Latin-French restaurant in the Castro District.

Marla Bakery
Warm up after visiting the beach at this arty spot where husband-and-wife team Amy Brown and Joe Wolf bake up a storm.

Michel Bistro
Unpretentious Provençal-style pastis bar in Oakland's Grand Lake district.

The Mill
Bread takes on a whole new meaning at this hipster-magnet café, a joint project of Four Barrel Coffee and superstar yeast-wielder Josey Baker.

Monsieur Benjamin
Chef-owner Corey Lee presents modern French bistro cuisine in tony Hayes Valley.

Mr Holmes Bakehouse
Indulgent pastries emerge from this alleged birthplace of the croissant/muffin "cruffin."

Nob Hill Club
Semi-casual, totally convenient elegance on the ground floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco.

Nourish Cafe
Pretty and plentiful plant-based cuisine at this Inner Richmond café.

A refined, modern Japanese izakaya and sushi bar from chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga.

Palm House
Pepper-forward island fare heats up Cow Hollow.

Pearl's Deluxe Burgers
A wide range of clever toppings turns Kobe beef, buffalo and other patties into huge, juicy burgers that you'll talk about after consuming.

An Italian take on tapas adds additional flavor to the Mission.

Italian seafood and handmade pasta dishes in San Francisco's Mission District.

Pressed Juicery
Fresh-pressed juices in bottles delivered daily.

The Progress
A follow-up from the team behind State Bird Provisions.

The Ramen Bar
This collaboration between Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga offers a fast-casual Tokyo-style ramen experience.

Old-world tradition meets friendly, sudsy fun at this classic German restaurant and bar, serving weissbier and wienerschnitzel since 1893.

Seed + Salt
Thoughtful and artful chef-crafted vegan, gluten-free, trans fat-free and GMO-free food.

Shorty Goldstein's
Deli favorites in a nook of the Financial District.

Southside Spirit House
Strong, fresh, master-class cocktails served with bar bites amidst artistic, whimsically Wild Westish décor.

Third Rail
Serious cocktails meet diverse jerkies, from the brains behind Mission District favorite Range.

Friendly and adventurous, it's the Gourmet Ghetto's Indian-fusion wonderland.

Central Berkeley's version of a friendly, classic neighborhood pub.


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