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Best Of The Bay 2012: San Francisco Bay Guardian Releases Annual List (PHOTOS)

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Ah, "best of" season. The time of year when every restaurant, yoga studio, circus class and coffee cart smiles wider and distributes fliers begging for a nomination in one of the city's many Best of the Bay issues.

But since 1974, one superlative list has trumped all others: the San Francisco Bay Guardian's. And today, the 2012 Best of the Bay list is out.

Speaking for the far(thest)-left, SFBG not only releases an annual "best of" list; they claim they invented it. And for nearly 40 years, the publication has been shining a spotlight on some of the strongest--and strangest--spots in San Francisco.

Containing both editor and reader curated sections, the exhaustive list spans nearly 200 categories. (Best coffee? Child's play. SFBG has categories for best full-scope roast, best six-way stimulant and best cup.)

Head over to SFBG for the entire list, and check out a few of our favorites in the slideshow below.

Cheers to the Guardian. Here's to another 38 years.

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Filed by Robin Wilkey