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Top Eats of 2010

New restaurants across the SF cityscape captured our taste buds and had us craving for more. From elegant to thrifty, here are our picks for the best of 2010.

After a slew of trendy, “modern Californian” menus flooded the Mission last year, the Sycamore was a breath of fresh air. The Sycamore stays open late, the food is down-to-earth, and everything is under $10 – we like! Oh, and the Pork Belly Donuts with Maker's Mark Maple Glaze are even better than they sound.

With years of training under Thomas Keller, it's no surprise that Chef Corey Lee's baby, Benu, is hailed as SF's new fine dining destination. Chef Lee is all about clean, smart, delicious food with Asian influences. We recommend the tasting menu. While seemingly simple, it's really a mind and stomach game that should be appreciate as more than just food.

Executive Chef Jason Fox brought a tasty dose of skillful molecular gastronomy to SF this year with Commonwealth. The portions aren't large, but the prices are reasonable so we recommend going with a group and making up your own tasting menu. And if the well-executed food wasn't reason enough to go, did we mention they have a private parking lot in the Mission?

Wayfare Tavern
Bring on the bacon wrapped dates, Tyler Florence! While “elegant comfort food” may sound like an oxymoron, Chef Florence makes it work at Commonwealth. Try the deviled eggs with mustard crème fraiche, beef bone marrow and organic fried chicken to see what the fuss is about. And since they were 2010 trends, don't feel bad ordering the Sonoma Pork Belly or Wayfare Burger — they're solid.

Delarosa was basically this year's culinary reason to trek to the Marina. The menu is similar to sister restaurant, Beretta, but the busy pizzeria setting makes it stand apart. The food also speaks for itself, with menu highlights like Pizza Margarita with prosciutto and burrata, and Coppa Mocha gelato with crushed meringue.

Best Sweets:

Ice Cream Sandwich at Split Pea Seduction

Any dessert by Chef Jeffrey Wurtz at Seasons

Saffron Snickerdoodle at Blue Bottle Coffee

Warm Toffee Cake at Starbelly

Morning Bun at Tartine Bakery