Last night at Park Tavern in North Beach, Gary Danko, Google's Marissa Mayer, and your very own SFist editor, among other gastronomic/media types, eschewed SF Cocktail Week's kickoff to attend the the Zagat SF/Bay Area 2011 Restaurant Guide launch. For the second year in a row, Gary Danko took top honors in several key categories. For your consideration, here are the 2011 'Top Food Overall' top ten in San Francisco/Bay Are. Behold.
Danko also topped 'Most Popular' and 'Top Service' lists. While picking up his award, Danko explained that the key to a successful grub joint, aside from skullcap-shatteringly tasty fare, is for both the chef and the staff "to leave their ego at the door."
Key newcomers were, well, new. A few notables? Atelier Crenn, Boxing Room, Michael Mina, Txoko, Bar Bocce, Mission Cheese, and Twenty Five Lusk.
Glaringly absent from the newcomer list? Saison.