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Eater SF’s 10 Most-Read Stories of 2016

From Michelin stars to Chiarello drama, these are the stories that grabbed your attention in 2016

The Michelin man is good for clicks

2016 was a wild ride, full of openings, closures, sushi, brunch, and lots more. Here’s what captivated you most.

10. The 28 Iconic Dishes and Drinks of San Francisco

Legends really never do die, as evidenced by the continued popularity of SF’s most iconic dishes and drinks.

9. San Francisco's Hottest New Happy Hours

With more and more hot spots opening around town, that means more and more happy hours to choose from. Our regularly-updated map of the hottest ones around town was a top read this year.

8. Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello Hit With Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Certainly the year’s most salacious news, celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s sexual harassment lawsuit (which has since been settled) had the entire Bay Area gossiping. Not to be outdone by himself, Chiarello followed the news up with an arrest a few months later for the possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

7. The San Francisco Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Cocktails Right Now

There is an abundance of bars in this city, most with excellent craft cocktails at the ready. So to help you cut through the noise and choose which to drink at tonight, our regularly-updated cocktail heatmap was a popular read.

6. Six Bay Area Restaurants Now Have Three Michelin Stars, As Many As New York

The release of the 2017 Michelin stars had readers salivating, and for good reason. The news that San Francisco now has as many three-star restaurants as New York City propelled this story to a spot on the top ten most-read list.

5. Guy Fieri Kicks Johnny Garlic's, Tex Wasabi's Out of Flavortown

Despite getting his start here, Flavortown mayor Guy Fieri broke up with his restaurant OG’s Johnny Garlic’s and Tex Wasabi’s. Turns out that departure had some very real consequences: the original Johnny Garlic’s closed its doors recently.

4. San Francisco's Top Sushi Restaurants

2016 was universally recognized as the year of sushi, a year in which San Francisco upped its raw fish game tenfold. Splashy openings, omakase standbys, and the grandfather of it all (Sushi Ran) all made it onto our map of the city’s best offerings.

3. What to Eat at San Francisco's AT&T Park, Home of the Giants

If you’re going to the game, then you gotta know what to eat. And our guide can lead you to the best of the best, of which there is a lot at AT&T Park.

2. The San Francisco Brunch Heatmap: Where to Brunch NOW

The thirst for brunch never ceases, and since it’s such a sceney time to eat out, our heatmap — the list of the hottest spots for the morning meal — outperformed our essentials list in 2016.

1. San Francisco's 2016 Michelin Stars, Mapped

The 2016 Michelin Guide update proved popular all year long, as diners searched for the list and found our handy dandy map of all 49 glowing restaurants awarded stars for this year.

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