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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, July 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 taking out Namu and Ame. In their places go the very reliable, very delicious Roam Artisan Burgers and Lers Ros, the Tenderloin Thai dive that's gotten so popular it's sprouting off a Hayes Valley branch.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list—or because you can't live without Namu's Korean tacos—wouldn't it just be more productive to leave your thoughts in the comments? You can also state your cases for (or against) restaurants by sending a note over 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
July, 2011: Added: Roam Artisan Burgers, Lers Ros Thai; Dropped: Namu, Ame

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Perbacco

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Bix Restaurant

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Swan Oyster Depot

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Slanted Door

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Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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Canteen

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DOSA on Fillmore

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Contigo

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Baker & Banker

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Frances

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Incanto

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Beretta

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The Alembic

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Tony's Pizza Napoletana

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Lers Ros Thai

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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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Zaré at Fly Trap

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Maverick

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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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Roam Artisan Burgers

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Perbacco

Bix Restaurant

Swan Oyster Depot

Slanted Door

Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

Quince

Canteen

SPQR

Halu

DOSA on Fillmore

Spruce

Nopa

Aziza

Contigo

Baker & Banker

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Frances

Incanto

Beretta

The Alembic

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Range

Lers Ros Thai

Foreign Cinema

Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

Bar Bambino

Flour and Water

Zaré at Fly Trap

Maverick

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

Roam Artisan Burgers