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The Best of San Francisco 2011: 108 Things We Love

Researching the best of the city is like panning for gold—it's back-breaking work. It takes marathon Bhangra dancing, eating enough fried chicken sandwiches to kill a horse, getting up before dawn to check out a sunrise view, and trying on endless pairs of designer shoes. Someone's got to do it. We're just happy it's us.

Best of Eat + Drink Best of Fashion + Beauty
Best of the City 2011: Eat + Drink
Best Sugar Fix: Peanut Brittle from Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous
Best Sustainable Fish: I Love Blue Sea
Best Deals on Wine: Invino
Best Politically Correct Dish: Shark Fin Soup at Benu
Best Baker: Miette's Meg Ray
Best Cocktail Project: Underhill Lounge
Best Book on Wine: Secrets of the Sommeliers
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Best of the City 2011: Fashion + Beauty
Best Affordable Vintage: Minxy Boutique
Best Team Apparel: Giants Apparel from Victoria’s Secret PINK
Best Makeup Artist: Painted Ladies
Best Bath and Body Care: Laline's Foam Fatal Body Soap
Best One-Stop Man Shop: Welcome Stranger
Best Cozy Boutique: Fiat Lux
Best Store Expansion: Bottega Veneta
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Best of Home + Design Best of Out + About
Best of the City 2011: Home + Design
Best Lighting: Anzfer Farms
Best Coffee Table Book: Handcrafted Modern: At Home With Mid-Century Designers
Best DIY Time Warp: The How-To Homestead Tour
Best Vintage Source: Midcentury Modern Finds and Mid century Møbler
Best Second Chance: Peace Industry
Best Design for a Cause: Handmade for Japan
Best Subscription Service: Alula Editions
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Best of the City 2011: Out + About
Best Modern Dance: Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet
Best Way to Propose: With Sand Artist Andres Amador
Best Photo App: Instagram
Best Jukebox Playlist: Murio’s Trophy Room
Best Doctor’s Office: One Medical
Best Sunrise Lookout Spot: Bernal Hill
Best Night at the Museum: Exploratorium After Dark
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