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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, April 2011

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It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

This time around, after reflection and study of reader emails and comments, we're switching out Town Hall (still a very nice example of San Francisco's hallowed local influences, but not list material at present), and Nopalito (lacking Eater 38 spark of late). In their places we're welcoming back Zuni Cafe, as recent trips confirm the premiere status of its burger, Caesar and oyster program; and La Torta Gorda, a Mission gem where owner Armando Macuil and family have recently stepped up their game to offer even more authetic cocina Poblano.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.

October, 2010: Added: Frances, The Alembic, Nopalito, Baker & Banker, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana; Dropped: Coco 500, Zuni, Absinthe, Magnolia Brewery, Boulevard
December, 2010: Added: Mission Chinese Food, Absinthe, La Taqueria, La Ciccia, Gitane, Wayfare Tavern, Prospect; Dropped: R&G Lounge, Coi, 15 Romolo, A16, Blue Bottle Café, Tadich Grill, Sebo
April, 2011: Added: Zuni Cafe, La Torta Gorda; Dropped: Town Hall, Nopalito

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Perbacco

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Bix Restaurant

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Slanted Door

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Swan Oyster Depot

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Canteen

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Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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DOSA on Fillmore

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Contigo

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Frances

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Incanto

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Baker & Banker

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Beretta

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The Alembic

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Maverick

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Foreign Cinema

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Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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Bar Bambino

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Flour and Water

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AME Restaurant

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Tony's Pizza Napoletana

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Zaré at Fly Trap

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Wayfare Tavern

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Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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Prospect

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La Taqueria

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La Ciccia Restaurant

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Gitane Restaurant & Bar

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La Torta Gorda

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Zuni Cafe

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Perbacco

Bix Restaurant

Slanted Door

Quince

Swan Oyster Depot

Canteen

Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

SPQR

DOSA on Fillmore

Spruce

Nopa

Namu

Halu

Aziza

Contigo

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Frances

Incanto

Baker & Banker

Beretta

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The Alembic

Maverick

Foreign Cinema

Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

Bar Bambino

Flour and Water

AME Restaurant

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Zaré at Fly Trap

Wayfare Tavern

Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Prospect

La Taqueria

La Ciccia Restaurant

Gitane Restaurant & Bar

La Torta Gorda

Zuni Cafe

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