Weekend guide / Swing dancing in GGP and reader-approved burger list

It's Friday, July 9.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Happy Friday! We made it. And...it’s nice out! Looks like Saturday should be in the 70s as well, with a bit of a dip on Sunday. 

As we do at the end of each week, let’s take a bit of a break from the news and see what’s happening this weekend. 

So without further ado, here are some ideas to consider for your weekend ahead: 

🍔 Grab a burger. Eater updated its top San Francisco burger list on Thursday, which inspired some talk on the matter in yesterday’s newsletter. You, the readers, responded. And as promised, here’s a complete list of your favorites: 

Brewvino, Bandit, Bender's (Bent Burger), Above Ground (Blackened Burger, vegan), Uncle Boy’s, Buffalo Burger, Causwells, ABV, 4505 (The B!g Mac, which is off-menu), Pearl’s, Spruce, Bullshead, The Richmond (at lunch), Harry’s, Nopa, Hi-Way, Quik Dog (at Trick Dog), Lil’ Eagle (smashburger pop-up), Outer Orbit (with Impossible), and Monsieur Benjamin

Also, not in SF, but worth a mention: The Smokehouse (in Berkeley) and Scolari’s (in Alameda). 

Thanks to everyone for sending in those recs. It’s a good list! And should keep us busy for a while.

💃 Lindy Hop in GGP. Swing dancing is back in Golden Gate Park and the group, Lindy in the Park, is once again offering free beginner lessons on Sundays starting at noon. Music plays from 11 am to 2 pm near the de Young

🗣 Listen to the Chesa Boudin interview. Last night, Manny Yekutiel interviewed District Attorney Chesa Boudin at his Mission District cafe. It was the first in-person public discussion with Boudin since pandemic restrictions were put in place last year. 

If you missed the talk, Manny was generous enough to provide a link to the recording for SF Minute readers. It’s a little over an hour-long, but worth a listen. 

💜 Eat ube. The Yum Yams food festival is serving all-things ube this Sunday in SoMa from noon to 5pm. Items to try include a smoked Gouda ube pastry, ube horchata, and the classic, ube ice cream from Magnolia

🎸 Revisit an institution. The Independent opens back up on Friday with the Bay Area “soul, psych-rock, and R&B” band Con Brio. Tickets are sold out online but, according to Hoodline, they will be available at the door for $30. 

Also open for the first time in a long time is The Mint karaoke bar on Market Street and The Tonga Room in the Fairmont hotel. 

Maybe it’s time to revisit an SF institution! 

That’s all for today! Thanks as always for reading y’all and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. See you back here on Monday! - Nick B. 

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