7×7 Magazine’s Big Eat SF: 2010 vs 2009

7x7/Ed Anderson

Little Skillet Chicken and Waffles. 7x7/Ed Anderson

7×7 Magazine just updated The 2010 Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Try Before You Die list, and at first glance I would say it is better than last year’s. Thankfully, the majority of the must-haves from 2009 stayed on, and a bunch of new must-try’s made the 2010 list.

In 2009 I completed 42% of the list, a feat I find fairly significant, considering I was unemployed for the majority of the year. This year I’m well on my way to surpassing 42, since many of the standouts that I have already tried remain on the list.

For those new and old to the list, I have compiled the major differences between 2009 and 2010. Read more after the jump!

Thank God these got left in 2009.

13. Soup dumplings at Shanghai House
50. Giant pretzel with mustard at The Monk’s Kettle
83. Sweet-potato fries with banana catsup at Poleng Lounge
87. Fresh spring rolls at Out the Door
The soup dumplings at Shanghai House got replaced by Shanghai Dumpling King, which I have actually covered before, and loved. The giant pretzel was a giant WTF because it tasted like a generic pretzel not much different from Auntie Anne’s or Wetzel’s. The stone ground mustard it came served with was good at least. The sweet potato fries from Poleng (R.I.P.) were nothing special (try the ones from Limon Rotisserie instead). The spring rolls from Out the Door were also fairly standard.
Why the hell did these get left in 2009?
7. Shaking beef at the Slanted Door
8. Irish coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe
43. Mint julep at Alembic
The shaking beef is a standout dish at the Slanted Door, the Irish coffee itself from Buena Vista should be a historical landmark, and no one makes a better labor-intensive mint julep than the Alembic. As a consolation prize, the 2010 list does include an Old Fashioned from the Alembic in place of the mint julep.
The best crossover items from 2009 and 2010.
8. Morning bun at Tartine Bakery
10. Nick’s Baja-style fish tacos at The Taco Shop at Underdogs
21. Pizza margherita at Pizzeria Delfina
22. Vietnamese roasted pork sandwich at Saigon Sandwich
23. Beer sausage with sauerkraut and grilled onions at Rosamunde Sausage Grill (Bonus: Bring it Toronado next door and grab a beer to go with it.)
32. Pupusas at Balompie Café
36. Dry-fried chicken wings at San Tung
37. Rotisserie chicken at Limón Rotisserie
41. Pho ga at Turtle Tower
48. Angels on horseback at Anchor & Hope
64. Paper masala dosa at Dosa
70. Omakase menu at Sebo
92. Bacon-wrapped hot dog from a cart in the Mission (preferably when you’re drunk)
Flickr/Charles Haynes

Tartine Morning Bun. Flickr/Charles Haynes

These made the list back to back years for a reason. There are others that also made it to 2010, but these items in particular are my favorites of the repeats. Don’t ask why, just trust me and try these for yourselves.
How the hell did these make the list?
26. A bottle of Burgundy at RN74
46. Chips and salsa at Papalote
49. Ginger snaps at Miette
San Francisco is full of wine snobs, and RN74 is a great place for them. But “a bottle of Burgundy” is just too generic and blasé when compared to the specificity of the other 99 items. The chips and salsa from Papalote and the ginger snaps from Miette are nothing to write home about, and how they made the list two years in a row baffles me.
Burrito from El Farolito vs Super Burrito from Taqueria Cancun

El Farolito Quesadilla Super Suiza. Flickr/jose.casquet

There’s one MAJOR discrepancy on the 2010 list. In the print magazine, 7×7 lists #78 as a burrito from El Farolito. That happens to be my favorite taqueria in the city, so of course I was thrilled that they were shown some love, even though I prefer the quesadilla super suiza over the burrito myself. However, on the online version of the list, #78 is the Super Burrito from Cancun but the printable PDF version shows El Farolito. I’ve had Cancun more than a few times, including the Super Burrito, and it does not hold a candle to the food of the Gods that comes off the grill at El Farolito. For all intensive purposes, just completely disregard the Super Burrito from Cancun and replace it with the burrito quesadilla super suiza from El Farolito.
New and exciting in 2010.
4. Fried chicken and waffles at Little Skillet
13. Soup dumplings at Shanghai Dumpling King
14. Beef brisket sandwich at Il Cane Rosso
30. Burger at Fish & Farm
31. Guajillo-braised beef short-rib taco at Tacolicious
58. Chicharrónes from 4505 Meats
65. Cookies-and-cream cookie and milk at Anthony’s Cookies
71. Scottish egg at Wexler’s
100. Menage a Trois at Ike’s Place
Soup dumplings from Shanghai Dumpling King

Soup dumplings from Shanghai Dumpling King

The best part about the newly updated list are the new additions, of course! There are a lot of newbies to the show, but a select few really stood out to me. Either because I have had them myself and agree wholeheartedly with their inclusion, or because they have received a lot of buzz over the past year. Most importantly, they sound incredibly delicious!
For once it’s nice to hear a different name associated with the famed chicken and waffles duo other than the spectacularly average Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles from Southern California. The soup dumplings are some of the best I’ve ever had, and literally burst with flavor. The light and airy chicharrónes from Ryan Farr’s 4504 Meats are perfectly salty and spicy, and melt in your mouth. The rest of the group just sounds amazing, frankly, and I can’t wait to dive into this year’s list! 7×7 tends to completely muff things on a regular basis, but thankfully The 2010 Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Try Before You Die list includes some truly must-eats.
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5 Responses to “7×7 Magazine’s Big Eat SF: 2010 vs 2009”

  1. 1 Jacob A.

    Scotch Egggggggg…encased in pork and bread crumbs (#71)


  2. Hello!

    This is such a nice and thoughtful review of our Big Eat 2010. I really appreciate the time you’ve spent thinking about it. Always love feedback. Please don’t forget to download the app for Foodspotting so you can actually track it as you go. The grand prize for someone that completes all 100 is going to be dinner at Quince and a night in a SF hotel! This hasn’t even been made public yet, but you deserve to be the first to know, clearly.

    Thanks for reading.

    Sara Deseran

  3. Hi Sarah,

    What’s the deal with the El Farolito vs Cancun discrepancy? If the print mag shows El Farolito, then I think the online version should reflect the same! It’s only right, especially since a regular burrito from El Farolito > super burrito from Cancun.


  4. 4 julie

    I love this post! And now I really need to get back to Shanghai Dumpling King asap!

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