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Best of San Francisco 2015: Delicious New Restaurants, Bars, Markets + More

With a new restaurant opening up every week in San Francisco, it's hard to pick our favorites from among the throngs. Still, we managed to wrangle the Bay Area's best dishes, whose flavor profiles set them apart from the crowd. Bon appetit! 

Dine Al Fresco at These Lounge-Worthy East Bay Spots

On the nights when you're getting blown away in San Francisco, or chilled to the bone by Karl the Fog, head to the East Bay for a warmer dining experience. 

Gastronomes Hit the Jackpot in Reno

Reno Provisions Lunch

There are many things you may not know about the Biggest Little City. For one, the locavore and microfarming philosophies championed in the Bay Area have reached this mountain town, where sushi lunches, food trucks (and bikes!), and curry and basil ice cream are now a thing. Here are the best places to chow down in Reno.

Road Trip! 5 Spring Mountain Destinations in Driving Distance of SF

Mammoth Spring Skiing - San Francisco Escape

Spring Break is typically celebrated on the beach, but these five mountain locations less than 350 miles from San Francisco can give you a unique spring trip experience. Whether you want to do some spring skiing, drink and dine, hike and bike or mellow out in a hot spring, these mountain destinations are close to home.

Hawker Fare Brings Pricey Southeast Asian Street Food to the Mission

There is not much I can actually claim to know anything about, but given my Southeast Asian heritage—and the fact that I spent the majority of my 20s traveling the backpacker circuit through that part of the world—I feel confident about my knowledge and familiarity with the cuisines of the region. So when Michelin-starred chef James Syhabout recently opened the second outpost of his Thai street-food eatery Hawker Fare in the Valencia Street corridor, we summoned a First World tuk-tuk (aka an Uber) to whisk us there, stat. No reason to keep nostalgia waiting.

Lazy Bear, The Progress Named 2015 James Beard Award Semifinalists

Congratulations to all our Bay Area James Beard Award 2015 semifinalists! You'll see some familiar names and some new names. The final nonimees will be announced next month, and the awards will take place on May 4 in Chicago. Until then, check out which locals made the first cut.

Escape From SF: American Abalone Farms

For this week's Escape from SF, we toured American Abalone Company in Davenport with owner-farmer Tom Ebert. Ebert walked us through the process of farming abalone all the way from the seedlings to harvest to edible delicacies. 

SF's Best Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Ranked

Eat this chicken sandwich!

Somewhere in between San Francisco’s overwrought burrito worship and our love for all things hamburger, we allowed the fried chicken sandwich to fall through the cracks. Blame it on Chick-fil-A, blame it on Rio. But there are a bevy of choice crispy fowl sandwiches from which to choose. Here are a few of our favorites, ranked by worthiness in the canon of fried chicken sandos: 

Taste Testing the New 49ers Menu at Levi's Stadium

You might get a little confused driving up to the new home of the Niners in Santa Clara. At first glance, Levi’s Stadium looks a lot like a Levi’s storeespecially since there’s nary a 49ers logo in sight—but you won’t find any denim wares inside the foodie haven (which also happens to host football games).  

12 Holiday Gifts for The Epicure

What’s better than the gift of choice? Enter San Francisco startup Wantful, which allows shoppers to create custom books filled with 12 gift options. Here, 7x7 editors do the legwork for you. We’ve selected 12 great gifts for the epicure—from artisan chocolate and spices to handy kitchen tools—all priced at just $50. Click to pay, send a book, and let your loved one decide. Holiday shopping? Done.

Click to buy 7x7's $50 gift book for epicures!

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