San Francisco

Lots Of Local Winners Featured In Final SF Bay Guardian Issue

The San Francisco Bay Guardian published its final issue yesterday after 48 years in operation. The paper's parent company, San Francisco Media Co, announced the news on Tuesday, citing declining revenue and demographic shifts in its readership as reasons for the decision to shut the paper down.  

Yesterday's edition was the alt-weekly's annual "Best of the Bay" issue, featuring reader picks and editors' choices in dozens of categories spanning food & drink, city living, arts & entertainment, and more.

Plenty of businesses, organizations, people and attractions in Hoodline's coverage area made the cut. Here are some of the local winners, as voted by SFBG readers:


Best Budget Restaurant - Chow (tie, with Tu Lan)
Best Burgers - Super Duper (tie, with Pearl's Deluxe)
Best Clothing Store (Men) - Sui Generis (tie, with Asmbly Hall)
Best Curbside Cellos (editors' pick) - Cliff's Variety
Best Cute Quips (editors' pick) - Noe So Cute
Best Dessert - Hey Cookie
Best Flower Guy (editors' pick) - Guy's Flowers
Best Flower Shop - Church Street Flowers (tie, with Nob Hill Florist)
Best Gym - Fitness SF
Best Karaoke Bar - The Mint
Best Mad Style For Your Pad (editors' pick) - S16 Home
Best Mother of all Dim Sum (editors' pick) - Mama Ji's
Best Movie Theater - Castro Theatre
Best Origami Rolls (editors' pick) - Amasia Hide's Sushi Bar
Best Personal Trainer - Ace Morgan
Best Sex Club - Eros
Best Sports Bar - Hi Tops
Best Tailor - Castro Street Tailors (tie, with Galleria Tailors)


Best Barbecue - 4505 Burgers and BBQ
Best Brunch - La Urbana
Best Comic Book Store - Comix Experience (tie, with Isotope)
Best Dessert Monarch (editors' pick) - King Kobbler
Best Electrician - Pauric Electric
Best Food/Drink Website - Tablehopper
Best Frankenfood (editors' pick) - Frankaroni at 4505 Burgers and BBQ
Best Happy Hour - Bar Crudo
Best Overall Bar - Madrone (tie with Virgil's Sea Room)
Best Overall Restaurant - Nopa 
Best Slice of Heaven (editors' pick) - Monday night pizza at The Mill

Hayes Valley

Best Bar - Smuggler's Cove
Best Butch Looks (editors' pick) - Kipper Clothiers
Best Comic Book Store - Isotope (tie, with Comix Experience)
Best Fro-Yo That Steals the Show (editors' pick) - Loving Cup
Best Greek Heroes (editors' pick) - Souvla
Best Shoe Store - Gimme Shoes (tie, with Shoe Biz)
Best Thai - Lers Ros
Best Way to Get in Tutu Shape (editors' pick) - Cardio Barre

Lower Haight

Best Beer Selection - Toronado
Best Glasshole Repellent (editors' pick) - Molotov's
Best Holy Rolling (editors' pick) - Church of Eight Wheels
Best Indian - Indian Oven (tie, with Dosa)

Upper Haight/GGP

Best Camp For Kids - Tree Frog Treks
Best Museum - De Young Museum
Best Music Festival - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Best Public Park - Golden Gate Park
Best Public Sports Facility - Kezar Stadium
Best Record Store - Amoeba
Best Shoe Repair - Haight Street Shoe Repair (tie, with Pioneer Renewer)
Best Small Plates - Cha Cha Cha
Best-Tasting Act Two (editors' pick) - Second Act Marketplace and Events
Best Vintage Clothing Store - Relic Vintage

And finally, thanks to the SFBG's readers for naming Hoodline "Best News Website."

The SFBG was an alternative news source known for its willingness to muckrake, call out shenanigans among the city's elite, and challenge the status quo. As such, it will be greatly missed by many. 

Any thoughts on this list? Questionable choices? Glaring omissions? Let us know in the comments.


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