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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, January 2010

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To mark the new year, 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 month or so, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months to qualify for inclusion), or have stepped up their game.

This month, after reflecting upon the usual holiday dining out adventures and poring over reader emails and comments, we're dropping the shuttered Laiola for obvious reasons, plus Zazie and Turtle Tower. That's the bad news. The happy wonderful news is the triumvirate of newcomers to the Eater 38: Loretta Keller's Coco500, Russian Hill tapas standby Zarzuela and the Richmond's eclectic Japanese joint Halu. Welcome to the show, kiddos.
Are you shaking your fist in hellbent fury because you think your favorite restaurant deserves to be on the list? Has one of the below spots slipped and needs to be dropped? Put down the fist and simply state your case in the comments or drop us a line.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Slanted Door

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Boulevard

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Perbacco

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Tadich Grill

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Bix Restaurant

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COI Restaurant

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R & G Lounge

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Zarzuela

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Swan Oyster Depot

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Canteen

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Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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Zuni Cafe

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DOSA on Fillmore

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Cliff House

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Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Blue Plate

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La Taqueria

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Beretta

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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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Blue Bottle Cafe

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Coco500

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AME Restaurant

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Town Hall Restaurant

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Zaré at Fly Trap

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Slanted Door

Boulevard

Perbacco

Tadich Grill

Bix Restaurant

COI Restaurant

R & G Lounge

Zarzuela

Swan Oyster Depot

Big 4

Canteen

Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Zuni Cafe

Sebo

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DOSA on Fillmore

A16

Spruce

Nopa

Namu

Halu

Aziza

Cliff House

Magnolia Pub & Brewery

Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar

Blue Plate

La Taqueria

Beretta

Range

Foreign Cinema

Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

Bar Bambino

Flour and Water

Blue Bottle Cafe

Coco500

AME Restaurant

Town Hall Restaurant

Zaré at Fly Trap

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