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The Best Fries in the City

Lark Creek Steak
Though Lark Creek Steak’s burger narrowly missed inclusion on our top 10, we give high marks to the hand-cut, Lincoln Log–like fries, with their blunted ends, crisp exterior and creamy interior. 845 Market St., 415-593-4100, larkcreek.com

Bix
Bix fries their hand-cut potatoes in rice-bran oil before piling them high and showering them with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. 56 Gold St., 415-433-6300, bixrestaurant.com

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This Week's Events: Haute Dogs, Sundaes and Pickles...Yum!

Dog Day Afternoon
Thursday has gone to the dogs. On August 20 between 4 and 8 p.m., head to Acme Chophouse for the “haute dog” event, a fundraiser for Chefs Collaborative. Chow down on dogs from 9 different purveyors (including ones from Marlow & Sons in Brooklyn and Boccalone), along with $3 beers from Magnolia and 21st Amendment, $4 glasses of wine and $5 appetizers. Call 415-644-0240 for more information.

Foreign Cinema’s Anniversary Blow Out

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Midi, Where A Burger Is Just A Burger

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

MIDI

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Orson Gilds the Lily

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

ORSON

Farmers' Market Cocktails: Good. Zucchini Cocktails: Bad.

There was a cocktail article over the weekend in the Chronicle called "Bars looking for more niches in cocktail lists." If not a good article, it was at least well-intentioned. I'm not sure what point the piece was trying to make, as the topics discussed have been floating around for several years, at least.

When Is a Food Cart a Food Carte?

A central tension is emerging as street food carts take to the city in droves. What, exactly, constitutes proper street food? Can you serve fancy food and pedigreed ingredients from a cart? Do people want frogs legs and bagna cauda from a mobile vendor? When is a cart actually a carte?

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: South Gets Tropical

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

2009 Burger Bonanza: Acme's Classic

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

ACME CHOPHOUSE

Bourdain Redeems Himself (Somewhat) With Missing Drinking Scene

Well, I finally got around to watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations SF episode over the weekend. Now I am--like most everyone else--a big Bourdain fan. His unvarnished commentary and loose-cannon opinions are often a delight in the relentlessly enthusiastic and back-scratching world of food media. But how would I feel when those sights are trained on my beloved home, the SF Bay Area?

Want to Cook at Chez Panisse? Bid Now.

If you're not feeling flush, pool some money with your friends because the San Francisco Street Food Festival silent auction started today and the offerings are enough to make a foodie weep with want:

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