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Anthony Bourdain Can't Help But Like SF

Despite wanting to "leave a Cleveland steamer" on our beloved Ferry Building Farmers Market, author/chef/TV host/general bad-ass Anthony Bourdain was surprised to find quality, cheap eats and nice people while filming an episode of No Reservations that airs tonight—Monday@ 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel. The often bitter chef blogged about his experience in the city and declared his love for San Francisco. Of course, he laments on our faults but eases the gut shot with this: "I guess it's like any love that's true—sooner or later you learn to accept the good, bad and silly all together. It's all part of the package when you know, without any question, that you want the package.

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Balboa Cafe and Its Baguette

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!

BALBOA CAFE

1300 on Fillmore's Gospel Brunch: The Perfect Mom-in-Town Activity

The Scenario: Mom’s in town for the weekend and you need to plan some good, pure fun.

The Solution: Skip Sunday mass and go for food instead.

1300 on Fillmore’s bi-monthly gospel brunches prove that you can be spiritual without going to church.

The deal? A three-course prix fixe meal with a side of house band, Future Perfect, featuring restaurant owner Monetta White’s friends from Oakland’s Imani Community Church. An instant hit, Monetta’s gospel brunches have become a regular gig at 1300 on Fillmore, so with mom in tow, we decided to check it out.

The Best Outdoor Dining Spots in the City

It finally feels like summer in SF. Here are the best spots to eat (and drink) outdoors.

Slanted Door
The best news we've heard in a while? Fourty-four seats have just opened up on the Slanted Door's patio, overlooking the waterfront. An order of summer rolls, cold beef carpaccio with peanuts and lime and cellophane noodles with fresh crab, make perfect warm-weather fare. Cocktail aficionados will appreciate the ice program here too; just ask.

2009 Burger Bonanza: Bix, Naturally

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!

BIX

SF Chefs. Food. Wine. (Cocktails.) This Weekend!

With the SF Chefs.Food.Wine event it's another big weekend for San Francisco, as the Union Square area will be invaded by the hungry, the thirsty, and the people trying to feed them. Hopefully, it all goes down smoothly and happily.

There's a ton of great seminars happening throughout the weekend, so if you haven't examined the program, you should take a look. For instance, you might consider attending my Pinot Noir tasting and discussion tomorrow morning. Got winemakers/reps from some of the best Pinot producers in the state on my panel: Flowers, Tandem, Goldeneye, and Patz & Hall. At 10:30 AM, a little Pinot talk just the right way to ease into your day.

The Eater Wrap: The Non-Anon Newspaper Critic, Carte415 and Yelp

It's Friday, which means time for the Eater Wrap, the weekly recap from Eater SF on all the happenings from the local restaurant scene.

1) In the restaurant and media world, the earth-shattering news of the week was the coronation of Sam Sifton as the next dining critic for the New York Times. The move is a significant one because Sifton's mug is already plastered all over the interwebs, which spurred some musings on SF's own lovable, not-so-anonymous critic.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, former sf.myopenbar.com editor Allie Pape brings you her picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF. This week: Pitchers of margaritas, fifty-cent oysters, and a taste of Amsterdam. Have an event coming up? Want to share a tip? E-mail her.

World's Top Wine Writer Gives SF a High Grade on Her West Coast Swing

Two weeks ago, I ran into British wine writer Jancis Robinson on consecutive nights here in San Francisco, first at Spruce and the next night at RN74. I've never been introduced to her, so, yes, I was a little thrilled to see her. (Still never been introduced to her--I left her alone.) If you don't know who she is, she's one of the most important living wine writers.

Market Watch: Gypsy Peppers, Gravensteins and the "Sexiest Things"

If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping.

The Thursday market is open for lunch! Come and get it.

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