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The Food Issue 2018

From the year’s best restaurants to the chefs who keep us coming back for seconds (and thirds and fourths), our annual guide to our favorite restaurant town.

The Japanese scallop with pickled green almonds, roasted almonds, mint, and stone fruit at Robin, one of 2018’s 10 best new restaurants.

Where to Eat Now
From a Hayes Valley dig creating a remixed sushi menu fit for a king to a Zacatecan joint that’s turning deep East Oakland into a foodie destination, the 10 best restaurants of 2018. By Josh Sens and Luke Tsai

Best Chef Awards 2018
A daughter of Middle Eastern immigrants perfecting Palestinian comfort food, a snout-to-tail mixologist, and an astronomy-nut pastry whiz: It’s San Francisco’s annual celebration of the visionaries running our kitchens. By Scott Lucas, Jacqueline Quach, and Luke Tsai

The Last Abalone Feast
How an ecological threat off the Northern California coast is wiping out a distinctive way of life.
By Lindsey J. Smith

Fertile Grounds
For the first time, you can buy a cup of California-grown coffee. The only catch? It costs $16. Inside one man’s quixotic quest to upend agricultural—and economic—wisdom. By Luke Tsai


Originally published in the August issue of
San Francisco

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