For the eighth straight year, and the ninth year of the past ten, Gary Danko has landed in the number-one slot for food, service, and popularity in the 2012 Bay Area Zagat Survey. Excuse us if we weren't on the edge of our seats waiting for this year's update to come out, given that a) the lineup of favorite restaurant among Zagat's survey-takers tends not to change much (Zuni ... check. Boulevard ... check. Slanted Door ... check); and b) San Franciscans have never been quite so attached to the "burgundy bible" as they are to Yelp, the Chron Top 100, and as of the last few years, the Michelin ratings. Maybe that Google deal is going to change things?
Still, the list is a reflection of the tastes of a certain type of diner (ahem, New Yorkers, out-of-towners), and firmly establishes the successful S.F. battalion for what they are. Also, as the Scoop points out, the top of this year's Top Food list is finally closer resembling Michelin's, with the addition of Manresa in the number-four slot, and Meadowood at number six curiously, neither restaurant made the cut at all last year, meaning Zagat's diners have only just figured out that these places existed. The top three are unchanged: Danko, French Laundry, and Cyrus, with Carmel's Aubergine coming in fourth. The Zagat folks have yet to find the love for Saison, apparently, as it doesn't score here.
As for Top Newcomers, well, it's not the list we would choose! Michael Mina takes the prize at number one, with Atelier Crenn scoring almost as high, but for some reason Cotogna gets left off the list completely in favor of Hecho (!), 25 Lusk, and Mission Cheese.
Also, they say the Bay Area scores really low, compared to other cities, when it comes to tipping, because eighteen percent is for cheapskates.
Anyhow, you can buy the guide here, or the online edition, and if you type in the coupon code SFRESULTS before September 30, you'll get ten percent off. Or you can just wait until Google puts all the content up for free on the web.
San Francisco Bay Area Survey Results Are In! [Zagat Buzz]
Zagat San Francisco Bay Area 2012: Gary Danko is still tops and the city is full of bad tippers [Scoop]
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