As 2016 comes to a close, we think it's a fitting moment to look back on a year that was filled with ups and downs, joys and heartbreak and, most importantly, seriously good food. San Francisco had a banner year as far as restaurant openings were concerned, as long-anticipated projects came to fruition, and brilliant newcomers burst on the scene. Here are our picks for the top 10 openings in San Francisco this year.

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Whether you're decking the halls in full Christmas spirit on Sunday, spinning a dreidel, or none of the above, a Chinese feast out is a fitting way to celebrate, well, anything. Here are our top four spots to do so, at restaurants known for their spice, fresh noodles, and deft presentation of regional Chinese cuisines.

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First there was Fernet, the industry drink-of-choice that took San Francisco by storm, showing up at bars around town on tap. Then there was amaro, launching a generation of spritz and negroni drinkers, with a newfound love for bitter spirits. There was sherry and vermouth, taken from the bars of Spain and showcased on bar and restaurant menus around the city. 

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We've all been there: cancelled flights, family eruptions, or a beyond crazy month at work. Something or other has come up, and you've found yourself on the brink of Thanksgiving without a bird to call your own. What to do? Snag a last minute reservation at one of these stellar San Francisco restaurants and consider the holiday saved. After all, the best feasts are the ones you don't have to cook yourself.

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There's always somewhere new to go in San Francisco. And with this fall's rush of major restaurant openings, your to-try list is about to get a whole lot longer. Here are the must-try new spots in and around the city this month.

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There's no shortage of hidden gems in San Francisco. One of our all-time favorites: Sheba Piano Lounge. This Fillmore Ethiopian restaurant is a worthy destination for delicious food, satisfying cocktails, and regular live music.

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Craft beer's west coast explosion shows no sign of slowing. Which, for all us beer lovers, is nothing but great news. Here are four new breweries worth checking out. 

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Crackly-soft baguettes and creamy pate; sharp, pickled vegetables and a kick of jalapeno. Forgive us for waxing poetic on the banh mi, possibly one of the greatest sandwiches every to be created. 

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San Francisco has always been a town of the new and innovative. From Gold Rush days to modern tech booms, San Franciscans are forward-thinking, with an openess for untraditional, creative approaches. 

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It's arguably the greatest weekend of the year in San Francisco: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. The three-day music festival, in addition to be completely free, always boasts a lineup of incredible musicians ranging from indie to pop to country to, sure, bluegrass. 

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