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12/26/12

7 in ’12
Everything That Was Important in 2012

Time marches on—365 days here, 366 days there. (Leap years: crazy.) But before we say goodbye to 2012, let’s revisit a few moments that made this year... extra good.

YOU ATE PIZZA FROM A BIG RIG

Del Popolo

Just when you thought we had enough pizza joints and food trucks, one mashup materialized and took it all to a new level. This thing has an 800-degree wood-burning oven and was crafted out of a 20-foot transatlantic shipping container. You wouldn’t have your pizza any other way.
411:
Del Popolo, 415-967-1853, follow on Twitter
UD - Local Edition and Tradition

THE BOURBON & BRANCH EMPIRE GREW

Local Edition and Tradition

First, the Bourbon & Branch guys turned The Examiner’s old printing room into an upscale cocktail bar with cart-side bottle presentation. Then they turned an old bar into a bar that’s like nine bars in one. Seems like they’re not running out of ideas.

CHINESE WENT GLAMOROUS

Hakkasan

In 2012, your takeout joint got an upgrade. This place has a dining room called the Cage, a DJ-dominated lounge and a flatiron-shaped, backlit cocktail bar. So... the best kind of upgrade.
411:
Hakkasan, 1 Kearny St (at Market), 415-829-2397

CARTS WERE ON A ROLL

State Bird Provisions

You know the story. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl open handsome, low-key restaurant on Fillmore. Restaurant gets rave reviews; you get to eat the deliciousness known as fried quail. You love a good ending.
411:
State Bird Provisions, 1529 Fillmore St (at Geary), 415-795-1272
UD - Lucky Strike and Mission Bowling Club

BOWLING ALLEYS BECAME A THING

Lucky Strike and Mission Bowling Club

Within weeks, you met two very different bowling alleys. One had sushi and a hint of LA-style glitz. The other dished out burgers and food on a stick. Both let you gloriously hurtle a ball toward a set of 10 pins, 10 frames a time. Call it a win-win.

YOU CAMPED WITH THE COMFORTS OF HOME

Shelter Co.

Your time in the great outdoors was always missing something. Specifically, a butler. That’s where these guys came in—basically, a service to provide you with all the creature comforts you could require while camping: fire pits, outdoor theaters, private restrooms. You really can’t put a price on that last one.
411:
Shelter Co., 415-967-3630
UD - A Trio of Tailors at Your Service

YOU GOT EVERYTHING CUSTOM MADE

A Trio of Tailors at Your Service

Your suits. Your shirts. Even your jeans, for crying out loud. This year, you could get them all custom, thanks to a slew of new clothes-smiths in town. You love meeting new clothes-smiths.
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