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Top 100 SF

hmm ever think about Michael Bauer’s top 100 and want to come up with your own?

after accumulating some due diligence, I came up with the list below (95% located SF proper)
would like your input, i.e. add or remove...

btw, the list is purposely mainsteam, "higher end" (not ethnic oriented or cheap eats)

alphabetically,
1300 on Fillmore
1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar
A16
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
Acquerello
Albona Ristorante Istriano
Ame
Aqua
Aziza
bacar
Bar Crudo
Bar Tartine
Baraka
Big 4
Bistro AIX
BIX
Bocadillos
Boulevard
Buckeye Roadhouse
bushi-tei
Café Jacqueline
Cafe Majestic
Campton Place
Canteen
CAV Winebar and Kitchen
Chapeau
Chez Maman
Chez Panisse
Chez Papa
Chez Spencer
Chez TJ
Chouchou
Chow
Citizen Cake
Clementine
COCO5OO
Coi
CONDUIT
Cortez
Delfina
DOSA
Epic Roasthouse
Fifth Floor
Fleur de Lys
Foreign Cinema
Frascati
Fresca
Fringale
Frisee
Gary Danko
Greens Restaurant
House of Prime Rib
Incanto
Isa
Jardiniere
Jeanty at Jack's
Kaygetsu
Kokkari Estiatorio
La Ciccia
La Folie
Le Charm
Limon
luella
Manresa
Masa's
MICHAEL MINA
Millennium
Myth
NOPA
Oliveto Café
One Market
Perbacco
Pesce Seafood Bar
Piperade
Plouf
PlumpJack Cafe
Quince
Range
RNM
Rubicon
Salt House
Seasons at the Four Seasons
Sens
Serpentine
Silks
Slow Club
South Park Cafe
Spork
SPQR
Spruce
Sushi Ran
Terzo
The Dining Room Ritz-Carlton
The House
The Richmond
The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus
Tomasso's
Town Hall
Zarzuela
Zuni Cafe

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  1. I'd add Sebo and remove Chow.

    1. How many of us eat out enough to have a top 100?

      My list wouldn't get past about 40 or 50, and it would include a lot of cheap ethnic places, because that's where I find a lot of the most delicious food in the area.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I agree. Plus I think its more about my favorite DISHES, not restaurants since most SF restaurants seem to have uneven menus - some dishes just don't work while others will knock your socks off.

        For example, I might have A16's meatballs on my list. Or Incanto's pork ragu. Or RNM's grilled romaine salad. Or Tomasso's spinach pizza.

        1. re: larochelle

          I agree as well, just wanted to have a current list of "good" places to draw upon when needed...

          one of my fav threads was Top 10 Tastes 2007...

      2. I'd probably make some changes if I spent time thinking about it, but my top ~30 list would be something like this:

        À Côté
        Acquerello*
        Angkor Borei*
        Bodega Bistro*
        Camino
        Cav
        Cesar (Piedmont)
        Champa Garden
        Cafe at Chez Panisse
        Chez Panisse
        Dopo
        Eccolo (lunch)
        El Huarache Azteca
        Jai Yun
        Helmand Palace
        Incanto
        La Ciccia
        La Folie*
        Larkin Express Deli
        Maykadeh
        Memphis Minnie's
        Mochica
        O Chame
        Pizzaiolo
        Poc-Chuc
        Sebo
        Sura
        Thai House Express
        Vik's
        Wood Tavern (lunch)
        Zuni Cafe

        *haven't been for a while, would need to revisit to confirm

        1. I was amused to see that the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton didn't make Bauer's top 100. Three of the most memorable meals I have enjoyed during the last year have been there, both for carnivores and herbivores. And the wine list is deep and rewarding. His omitting it is inexplicable to me.

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          1. re: Michael Rodriguez

            It was a bonehead move based on the rumors that Ron Siegel would be leaving to take over in the then about to be vacant Myth space. Turned out to be just a rumor, and Bauer looks somewhat foolish for having omitted The Dining Room.

            1. re: Michael Rodriguez

              That and Bauer's other mistakes and baffling choices are discussed in detail on the Food Media & News topic on his top 100 list:

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/506375

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Maverick was pretty good... We had great service & asked our waitress to select our entrees for us. Great appetizers although the "crab puffs" were a little dense. The fried chicken was fabulous as was the lamb...it was a little loud & is fairly small but it wasn't enough to turn me off overall. A good experience-I'd go back.

                    1. re: Teraesa22

                      link

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                      Maverick Restaurant
                      3316 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110