Bacon Bacon
Grant Marek/Thrillist
Jason Backrak
Californios SF
Blake Smith
Grant Marek/Thrillist
El Capitan
Esteban Martinez/Thrillist
Liholiho Yacht Club
Courtesy of Ed Anderson
Sous Beurre Kitchen
SFG Productions
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1. Bacon Bacon Trailer 2828 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fishermans Wharf)

Bacon Bacon's permanent trailer is located in Fisherman's Wharf, by Carmel Pizza Co. and the Codmother Fish and Chips. Due to space constraints (with the bumper, the trailer is is 19.5ft), there are a few less offerings, but who cares when they’ve got all of the greatest hits, like the bacon burger, bacon grilled cheese, bacon fried chicken, breakfast sandwich, and the bacon bouquet? No one, that's who. It’s open from 8am-7pm, seven days a week.

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2. Benjamin Cooper 398 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

This difficult-to-find boozery in the Tendernob's Hotel G is definitely worth finding -- mostly because of its weekly-changing cocktail menu and cheap oysters, all of which are served in a super industrial space with wall-to-wall-to-ceiling concrete and sleek metal bar stools.

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3. Brewcade 2200 Market St #102, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

Get this: Brewcade's an arcade-meets-bar on Upper Market where you can spend hours playing classic video games like Ms. Pacman and Street Fighter. That’s twenty-one games, 24 beers on tap, and 70 more in bottles and cans, to be exact. It’s the perfect spot to bro out with friends or lessen an awkward first date because there will be something to distract you from the standard “So what do you do?” talk that usually marks that initial encounter.

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4. Californios 3115 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

This elegant Michelin-starred spot in the Mission is a take on Mexican food unlike you've ever tasted. The hallmark of Californios is the multi-course tasting menu and the additional wine pairing. The menu is always changing, but you can expect lots of seafood, meat, and if you're lucky, foie gras ice cream. Reservations are hard to score but once you do, you're in for an intimate night (the restaurant has only 22 seats including a chef's counter) of truly haute Mexican food.

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5. Cockscomb 564 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino celebrates the many tastes of San Francisco with his lauded restaurant Cockscomb. Warm, welcoming, and a bit rustic, Cockscomb welcomes diners for lunch and dinner with “nose to tail” delicacies like beef heart tartare, braised lamb shoulder, and pork belly with fermented black bean aioli and fried clams. Classic cocktails like San Francisco’s own Pisco Punch round out the menu for a uniquely delicious night out.

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6. The Devil's Acre 256 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

This North Beach spot is serving up apothecary-themed cocktails in an expansive space with a hidden basement bar. The Devil’s Acre pays tribute to the Barbary Coast with period-specific cocktails that are billed as “remedies.” And the theme doesn’t just stop at the cocktails -- the bar staff wears leather smocks, there’s an 1890's cocktail shaker, the menu’s designed to resemble a classic almanac, and you’ll find apothecary bottles dotting the bar, which is ideal since a drink from the Future Bars gang is a prescription we'll take any day.

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7. El Capitan 1123 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

Latin-Caribbean restaurant and bar El Capitan lights up the Folsom Corridor with vibrant flavors and a lively social setting. Long reclaimed wood tables create a communal environment perfect for sharing small plates of oysters, ceviche, and poke. Hit their outdoor patio and beer garden to enjoy a few cold one or a pitcher (or two) of housemade sangria.

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8. Hawker Fare 680 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

The Mission outpost of this beloved Oakland eatery turns up the heat with spicy Thai-style street food and Tiki cocktails. The Thai-Issan menu features coconut milk curries and grilled meat dishes, as well as spicy salads and sides like chicken fat rice and fermented mustard greens. The family-style portions, picnic tables, and massive space make Hawker Fare an island oasis perfect for a group dinner.

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9. Liholiho Yacht Club 871 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

Liholiho Yacht Club is a pop-up restaurant that found a permanent home in Nob Hill...and isn't a yacht club by any means. The kitchen serves a mash-up of Hawaiian, Californian, and Southeast Asian flavors, led by dishes like poppy seed steamed buns with beef tongue, tuna poke on a nori cracker, and twice-cooked pork belly. Aside from an à la carte menu, there's a family-style tasting dinner that's served at the Ohana Table, a communal table in the front of the restaurant.

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10. The Progress 1525 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Western Addition)

With lines out the door every night at State Bird Provisions, it’s no wonder the team launched a follow-up to the perennial hotspot spot. If State Bird is all about small plates, The Progress emphasizes communal eating. Snag a seat at the lazy Susan-equipped Balcony Table that perches above the restaurant and get ready for a six-course, family-style feast of classic Californian food.

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11. Sous Beurre Kitchen 2862 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (Mission Bay)

The fact that “Sous Beurre” means “in butter” should be enough to convince you to check this place out. But in case you need more, the chef is *doing Provencal French cuisine starring seasonal local ingredients, like steak tartare, a bavette steak au poivre, and an $85 tasting menu that will change, but currently includes dishes like Mendocino uni and Bone marrow French onion soup.

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12. The Yard 3rd St & Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158 (Mission Bay)

Forget iPhones and Twitter, the coolest innovation to come out of SF is now The Yard, a pop-up shipping container village with a waterfront beer garden. Yeah, you read that right. It's a VILLAGE made out of 13 recycled SHIPPING CONTAINERS and there's also a BEER GARDEN.