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Melanie Wong | Jun 27, 201901:00 PM     3

The new list is out today and looks much different under the direction of new restaurant critic, Soleil Ho.

I suggest reading the FAQ before diving into the list. Ho's answer for what she considered "top" is food-centric: "At a bare minimum, a top restaurant has to have great food. But it’s also a restaurant that must have some shimmering, extra quality to it that makes it memorable, the stuff that makes restaurants neighborhood centerpieces and anchors for people. A Top 100 restaurant may be a place that’s worth making a special trip out via train, car or plane, or it may be one that folks would want to walk to with their families every week. It has that magnetic 'something else' — star power and charisma."

And in that vein, and aligned with Chowhound's founding ethos that good food in humble settings can be as satisfying and deserves as much respect and attention as posher places, this year's list includes spots that were previously shunted to the Bargain Bites list as well as more elaborate establishments.

Thoughts on the new edition?

(Parenthetically, I'll mention that the most common question friends and acquaintances are asking me these days is, "What do you think of Chron's new critic?" I've had that convo almost 20 different times in these six months.)

Top 100 Restaurants: Where to eat in San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Area

These restaurants selected by the San Francisco Chronicle’s food team represent the best of S.F., the East Bay and beyond. The 2019 list is fresh, challenging...

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