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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (8) Panhandle vs. (9) the Sunset

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The Curbed Cup, our award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 'hoods competing for a glorious JPEG of an illustrated trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!

Our second Curbed Cup matchup of the day might seem a little lopsided in terms of acreage, but the Panhandle and the Sunset come in to the contest nearly neck and neck. "Not as foggy as everyone thinks" isn't a bad place to start with the Sunset and even the New York Times loves the revival that's going on along the end of Judah Street. (Although they might beg to differ on the foggy part.) And since we're grouping together Inner/Outer Sunset for sanity's sake, the Sunset gets to claim other hubs like the blocks around 9th and Irving where locally-made reigns with Arizmendi and Social Kitchen & Brewery.

Being much more compact, the Panhandle offers plenty of opportunities to interact with the neighbors, and a smattering of hotspots like NOPA, Chile Pies, Mojo Bicycle Cafe have gotten their own nods from the Gray Lady. There's also a nice selection of transit lines around the easily-bikeable, centrally-located Panhandle. The Sunset still gets rights to the year-round shitshow that is the N-Judah, but the Panhandle has to deal with yearly mess that comes with being the part of Bay to Breakers where everyone has to go pee. So that might be a wash.

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2010 coverage [Curbed SF]
[Panhandle photo via; the Sunset photo via.]