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The Riddler (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The Riddler wins San Francisco’s bubbly battle by sheer, happy hedonism. The popcorn is free and the Tater-Tot waffles, topped with smoked salmon and crème fraîche, are legendary; the drinks run from a Chambong (yes, that’s a bong of Champagne) to grande...Read Full Story

À Côté (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Come for the wine list, one of the wildest, most unusual lists in the US; stay for the Mediterranean-accented food. Longtime sommelier Jeff Berlin dives deep into the wines of Eastern and Central Europe as well as Greece and Southern Italy, and splashes in some savvy, under-heralded...Read Full Story

Kin Khao (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Bangkok-born Pim Techamuanvivit puts out sophisticated dishes in her sleek downtown Thai spot. Château Simone is the rosé of choice on the short, well-curated list, where the rieslings include lesser-seen gems like Haidle and Dreissigacker. Must Eat: Spicy grilled squid and riesling

The Girl & The Fig (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Sondra Bernstein presents Sonoma’s best produce, cheese and meats with south-of-France flair at this posh dining room off Sonoma’s main square. She’s also gathered an exceptional collection of Rhône-variety wines, from Condrieu to California, including rare bottlings from wineries such as Paul Lato, Ledge Vineyards,...Read Full Story

Dyafa (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Arabic food with a full wine and cocktail list? Yes, please. Reem Assil opened this colorful space earlier this year, in collaboration with Daniel Patterson, in Jack London Square. The drinks are as vibrant as the food, laced with Middle Eastern spice or scented with anise and orange blossom;...Read Full Story

Ippuku (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“It’s like an escape from the Bay Area,” says Shannon Tucker at Foreign Cinema of this tiny Berkeley izakaya. The yakitori go far beyond chicken tenders here: you can get hearts, gizzards and cartilage on a stick. Forget wine: Sake and sochu are the focus, or,...Read Full Story

Heirloom Café (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Owner Matt Strauss based the wine list on his own collection, including back vintages of Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet and Hanzell pinot noirs from the 1970s and ’80s. The food is simple and unpretentious, served in a setting that looks like the dining room of a...Read Full Story

Tartine Manufactory (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

In the daytime, Tartine Manufactory is like Willie Wonka for the carb-obsessed, as you never know what deliciousness the huge bread ovens will deliver next; in the evening, as the ovens cool off, the space morphs into an airy full-service restaurant. Like the menu, which pledges allegiance...Read Full Story

Press (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Go to Press on a mission. If you want to drink old Napa Valley wines, Scott Brenner has assembled a list Press claims to be the largest in the world, and it’s easy to believe, given the scope of the verticals, everything from Mayacamas cabernet in...Read Full Story

Pizzetta 211 (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Expect a wait at this pizzeria: There are only four tables, and they’re hotly coveted. Not only because of the pizza, thin-crusted, blistered and topped with whatever’s in its seasonal prime, or the fact that staff offers blankets to customers waiting in the Outer Richmond fog. But...Read Full Story

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