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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, October 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 much reflection and study of reader emails and comments, we're taking out Maverick due to the recent loss of Matt Brimer. In its place goes Bar Crudo, the bustling Divisadero St. seafood spot with a smart enough menu to warrant cross-town trips.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list—or because you can't live without Maverick's fried chicken—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.

Additions and Subtractions:
· October, 2010: Frances, The Alembic, Nopalito, Baker & Banker, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, added; Coco 500, Zuni, Absinthe, Magnolia Brewery, Boulevard, dropped
· December, 2010: Mission Chinese Food, Absinthe, La Taqueria, La Ciccia, Gitane, Wayfare Tavern, Prospect, added; R&G Lounge, Coi, 15 Romolo, A16, Blue Bottle Caf&eacute, Tadich Grill, Sebo, dropped
· April, 2011: Zuni Cafe, La Torta Gorda, added; Town Hall, Nopalito, dropped
· July, 2011: Roam Artisan Burgers, Lers Ros Thai, added; Namu, Ame, dropped
· October, 2011: Bar Crudo, added; Maverick, dropped

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Swan Oyster Depot

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Slanted Door

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Bix Restaurant

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Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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Perbacco

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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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Wayfare Tavern

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Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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La Taqueria

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Roam Artisan Burgers

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La Ciccia Restaurant

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Gitane Restaurant & Bar

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Prospect

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La Torta Gorda

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Zuni Cafe

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Bar Crudo

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Swan Oyster Depot

Quince

Slanted Door

Bix Restaurant

Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

Perbacco

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

Wayfare Tavern

Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

La Taqueria

Roam Artisan Burgers

La Ciccia Restaurant

Gitane Restaurant & Bar

Prospect

La Torta Gorda