Food and Drink

5 San Francisco spots serving great nonalcoholic drinks

two cocktails sitting in front of three bottles on a table

All the makings for Ocean Beach Cafe's non-alcoholic Jasmine "cocktail." Photo: Megan Rose Dickey/Axios

Heavier-than-normal holiday drinking can inspire a January break.

  • Others are done with alcohol for good.
Nick Bastone
Dec 15, 2022 - News

Flower shop turns garage into the Mission's newest cafe

Marigold co-owners Aubriana MacNiven (left) and Gena Banducci (right) inside their new Mission area cafe.

Marigold co-owners Aubriana MacNiven (left) and Gena Banducci inside their new Mission-area cafe. Photo: Mariko Reed

Something exquisite has emerged out of a former garage in the Mission.

What's happening: Known first for its flowers, Marigold expanded last month into the world of coffee, opening a new cafe near the corner of 21st and York streets — next to its retail shop and production space.

3 places to grab lunch under $15 in San Francisco

Pastrami sandwich at Hot Johnnie's. Photo: @taratastessf

POV: You're trying to find a place to eat a nice, cheap lunch.

We've got you covered with three tasty lunch options for $15 or less.

Home for the holidays: SF food edition

Shuggie's pizza

Pizza and wine at Shuggie's. Photo: Erin Ng

Lots of us will be out of town this week for Thanksgiving, but if you're staying in the city, lucky you.

  • The weather is wonderful. The streets are calm. And, you can explore some food and drink spots that might otherwise be too busy.

The very best of San Francisco's iconic burritos

A man wearing a blue apron prepares a burrito in a taqueria.

Salomon Gonzalez makes a carnitas super burrito at La Taqueria in SF. Photo: Lea Suzuki/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

I've already declared Senor Sisig burritos the best in the city, but the San Francisco Chronicle's guide details other must-try spots sprinkled throughout the city.

What's happening: Staples like La Taqueria and Taqueria Cancún made the list.

Nick Bastone
Sep 22, 2022 - Business

San Francisco pizzerias crack top 50 list

Pizza from Tony's

"Grandma" pizza from Tony's. Photo: Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

👋 Nick here. Pizza is often on my mind — but especially with the new "Chef's Table" season dedicated to our sacred slices.

What's happening: No San Francisco spots are highlighted on the Netflix series' pizza season, but a handful of local joints made this list of the top 50 pizzerias in the U.S.

Details: Top 50 Pizza put the list together and said the final ranking was the "fruit of a long and painstaking work by [its] inspectors who, for an entire year … examined an enormous number of pizzerias spread around the entire country."

  • The group said it took into consideration "the quality of the dough and raw materials used for the toppings."
  • It factored in a restaurant's service and its wine and beverage list, as well.

San Francisco had an impressive showing on the top 50 list, which included:

💭 My thought bubble: Rankings like this are always wonky and sure to spark controversy.

  • All these spots in San Francisco are good, but Tony's as No. 2 in the entire country? I'm not even sure it's the second best in the city.
  • My favorite pizza here — Pizzetta 211 — didn't make the list, but that's OK. It can be my (and now your) little secret.

California's top craft breweries saw mixed results in 2021

Credit: Data: Brewers Association; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

California's largest craft breweries saw mixed results in 2021, a year after the pandemic shut down bars and taprooms and crippled the industry.

The state of beer: For breweries that produced at least 5,000 barrels in 2021, Farmers Brewing Co. in Princeton (30 miles south of Chico) was the state's fastest growing with a 140% increase in sales, according to an exclusive Axios analysis of data from the Brewers Association.

Automat's smash hit smash burger

Automat smash burger

Automat's "Cheezy Buddy" smash burger and fries. Photo: courtesy of Marlon Molinare

My friends and I went to the recently opened Automat restaurant this week with one mission — to try the burger.

Details: The Automat burger ($25) is a smash burger with two crispy-edged patties layered with garlicky cheddar and pickled onions, served on a milk bun.

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