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Foodie Updates: Canteen Closing, Bigfoot Lodge Closing, Verbena Due By Fall

One of San Francisco's beloved small restaurants is shutting down next month, and Polk Street is about to see a major upheaval in the bar and restaurant scene.

Banquet Dinners Where Your Posse Can Feast Like a Beast

You know when it’s your friend’s birthday and you all go out to dinner and everyone splits the bill and you’re stuck paying for all the extra drinks of that girl you actually can’t stand and the food wasn’t even that good and you’re out $130? Yeah, that sucks.

If you are the slightest bit adventurous, and don’t want to take all your friends’ money, you should try booking a Chinese banquet dinner.

Foodie Updates: A Look Inside La Urbana, Keane on Top Chef Masters, and more

Here's an update on some of the big food news that dropped this week, including a local star chef who's headed for the small screen. 

Five of San Francisco’s Most Underrated Restaurants

Acquerello

In a town that thrives on what’s the latest/hottest/buzziest place to eat at, sometimes you need a reminder of some restaurants that are quietly making their magic in the background.

The Five Best Designed Restaurants in San Francisco

Photo Cody Pickens

While this city has no shortage of terrific food, even world-class food, San Francisco is not a hub of lavishly designed, high-profile restaurants.

Street Food Lands on the Menu

Guac Sev Puri, from Curry Up Now

Street food. That’s so 2010, right? Only here’s the twist: Recently, it‘s been appearing on the menu at brick-and-mortar restaurants. It’s street food, in the house.

Seven SF Dishes That Taste As Good As They Look

The Tablehopper column for the September Fashion issue discusses some of the very complicated plating we’re currently spotting in San Francisco restaurants (some insiders are describing it as “tweezer cuisine”). While many dishes may look beautiful—composed oh-so-carefully with blossoms and flavored crumbles—the flavors can be a little all over the map, or the protein may be served lukewarm.

Photos: 7x7's Piggies 2012: Celebrating the Best Restaurants in San Francisco

On January 23rd, 7x7 welcomed some of San Francisco's most beloved and prominent restaurant and beverage industry leaders to the gorgeous Julia Morgan Ballroom, to celebrate our readers' choices for their best restaurants of the year—the Piggies! This time, 7x7 also bestowed the porcine awards to our editors' choices for the best new restaurants in San Francisco, which all opened in 2011: Boxing Room, Locanda, Nojo, and Park Tavern.

A Preview of Two Sisters Bar and Books in Hayes Valley

With businesses like sunshiney interiors Room Service and liquid nitrogen Smittens ice cream, Hayes Valley is poised for its heyday. It's time — it's central, small, and adorable. A book exchange/bar/cafe is the perfect new neighbor wouldn't you say?

Come September, a charmer called Two Sisters Bar and Books will open. Conceptualized by Two Sisters, operated by Big Sister, curated by Little Sister, it's currently undergoing construction. Kindle break and read what Big Sister has to share...

Fantasy Restaurants: Readers' Dreams for SF

I called a friend of mine yesterday and caught him in the middle of making his fantasy football picks. I'm not much for football, but I didn't want to be left out of the fun—so when I got back to my desk I tweeted the following: "If you could snap your fingers and your dream restaurant would be created here in SF, what would it be? Please don't say pizzeria." (By the way, if you're not following our food Twitter feed @7x7bitsbites you are missing some wild times). The imagining of a fantasy San Francisco restaurant is one of my favorite hobbies. I even have a post-it on my computer screen on which I've written (and circled) "The Restaurant of Our Dreams". What would it be? I have some thoughts, but I was pleased to see that many of you like to play my game.

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