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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My, How You’ve Changed, Joseph Phelps
A SoMa Taproom Built for Hanging Out Forever
To the Marina to Float in a Saltwater Pod
These Pools Would Like You to Be in Them
Starmont’s Patio and Tasting Room Are Nice
Ziplines, Ropes Courses and Tubing in Tahoe