slathered with black beans, loaded with avocado, Los Shucos’ Maya mayo sauce, and queso fresco. All for just $6.95! Yes, it is open until 2:30am on the weekend. When the bar announces last call, Los Shucos owner Sofia Keck will be there to help.
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out if you like it sweeter or saltier, San Daniele or Prosicutto di Parma, jamón Serrano or Ibérico, and the staff will come up with some incredible wine (and beer) pairings for you. If co-owner Massimiliano Conti is there, you’re in for a pairing treat — and you’ll probably need to take a cab home. You’ll be back for the lasagna soon enough.
3224½ 22nd St., SF. (415) 366-3868, www.losshucos.com
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1781 Church, SF. (415) 874-9924, www.lanebbia.com
BEST TURKISH SPREAD It’s time to give the French toast a break and head up to Potrero Hill for a harem-style (their words!) brunch at Pera. For $16 a head (minimum two people), you can nosh on a classic Turkish breakfast of sucuklu yumurta (seasoned Turkish beef sausage), housemade village bread, Greek yogurt, cucumber and tomato salad, hummus, olives, jams, honey, fresh fruit, and simit (the sesame bread you see being sold everywhere at stands in Istanbul). Your homey table will be covered in little dishes, a feast for the eyes (and belly).
best hot dog-burrito love child: el frijolazo at los shucos photo by tablehopper
Be sure to add on the shakshuka for the full eggy experience, and of course some Turkish coffee. Served Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm. 1457 18th St., SF. (415) 796-3812, www.perasf.com
BEST HOT DOG-BURRITO LOVE CHILD Any heavy drinkin’ San Franciscan knows the many
charms possessed by a baconwrapped hot dog or a burrito from El Farolito at 2:30am. The real test of his or her drunk food expertise is knowledge of El Frijolazo at Los Shucos. The Guatemalan-run Latin hot dog shop offers it as a beautiful, neighborhood-perfect hybrid: a bacon-wrapped dog tucked into a lightly golden fluffy roll that is
There are iced coffees, and then there’s the mint mojito at Philz Coffee. You better like fresh mint if you’re going to order this thing, because you’re going to have a sprig of it tickling your nose as you drink the dreamy concoction of iced coffee and cream and mint, all muddled and fabulous. Order it the way Philz suggests: creamy and sweet. It’s frothy and refreshing, like breaking into a caffeinated and cold York Peppermint Pattie. Various Bay Area locations, www.philzcoffee.com
BEST SHAMELESS SNACK If there’s one dish on chef David Bazirgan’s menu that really lives up to his restaurant’s provocative name, it’s the damn chicken wings
at Dirty Habit — you’ll be jonesing for them more than you’d care to admit. They’re sticky and crunchy and juicy and loaded with flavor, mostly borrowing from the Asian pantry (fish sauce, soy, Korean rice vinegar, ginger) but smattered with some Mexi-Cali touches of pickled jalapeños and cilantro. There’s a lot of intense cheffy action that goes into making these bad boys and it shows — the end result is mad deliciousness, and nothing to be ashamed iof. 12 Fourth St., SF. (415) 348-1555, www.dirtyhabitsf.com
BEST FREEZER PIZZA HACK You never know when the NEED FOR PIZZA will strike, so you might as well be prepared with the good stuff. Bernal pizza genius Jeff Krupman has managed to create quite the hopping business, and is now selling the superlative pies from his ardently admired business Pizzahacker via Luke’s Local, a weekly food and meal delivery service. You can get a prebaked Margherita for just $11, which warms up like a crispy dream in your oven in five minutes. You should probably get the Meat Pie too, it’s just $12. And
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