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randy salenfriend | | Sep 7, 2001 12:44 PM

I note the annual "Best Of" contest winners has now been posted on City Search. The winners are anointed in two categories, Audience Winners and Editorial Winners. I glanced at a couple of categories and here are some results as well as my own "editorial comments".

1) Best Pizza- The Editorial Board scores by naming Arizmendi Bakery, a Chowhound favorite as purveyor of the best pie in the Bay Area. I could not agree more, although I must say that a recent pizza from Greco-Romana in the Richmond ran a close second.

2) Best Hamburger- This will strike some as blasphemy, others as validation for their position, while still others will just roll their eyes. The audience deemed In & Out as the best burger joint. While I certainly enjoy the occasional visit to this cult favorite, I enjoyed it more during my SoCal days when it was harder to get one and thus it seemed even better. Others definitely make a better burger however.

3) Best Burrito-The editorial board named El Farolito best burrito, they seem to do that every year. I cannot comment as I have never been there. The audience selected La Taqueria, which has solid fare, although I tend to favor Pancho Villa, which placed second in the audience poll and was also one of the nominees in the Editorial group. Of note, La Corneta, which has been receivng some play on this board placed ninth in the audience poll. We are headed to the Glen Park branch this weekend to check it out.

4)Best Sushi-Once again, a split, with the Editorial winner Kabuto and the audience voting for Tokyo Go Go. I have never been to the latter but would find it hard to quibble over Kabuto since it is in our hood and we have been going there for years. Sachio is a master and the pristine nature of the fish has never wavered. However, I would love to hear from some of the sushi mavens, especially my pal chowhoundx who has more sushi knowledge in one speck of wasabi than I could hope to have in a lifetime. In addition, I note none of the current favorites on the board were included in either the audience poll or editorial group. Too provincial you think or just unknowing?

s'all for now