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Cocktail Heatmap Update; SF Has America's Best Pizzeria; Coi Drops Reservations For Tickets; More!

Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater SF editor Allie Pape shares the best restaurant and bar news of the week.

[Photos: Patricia Chang]

BAY AREA—A cool cocktail is just the thing for this brief interlude of summer swelter. Here are the 15 best new spots to score a great drink.

NORTH BEACH—According to Forbes, the best pizzeria in America is right here in SF.

NORTH BEACH—Coi chef Daniel Patterson rocked the food world when he announced that his two-Michelin-starred restaurant will be switching to selling tickets instead of offering reservations—and that he's hiding deeply discounted "golden tickets," á la Willy Wonka, on the booking site.

THE EMBARCADERO—A duo of local restaurants were having trouble filling seats, so they wrote a pretty crazy blog post begging customers to come back and have a meal.

SAN FRANCISCO—Buttermilk, blueberry, and banana pancakes are child's play. We found 14 pancakes that are are way wilder—think souffle pancakes, maple ice cream instead of syrup, and copious amounts of bacon and Nutella.

SOMA—We broke the news on new bar BuzzWorks, which will bring a combo brewpub-sports bar-arcade experience to 11th Street. It's from the folks behind Butter, right across the street.

DOGPATCH—Get pumped, Dogpatchers: Namu Gaji is opening a spinoff noodle shop in your 'hood, complete with a full bar.

SAN FRANCISCO—Veteran SF chef Chris L'Hommedieu, who cooked for the likes of Thomas Keller and Alain Ducasse, tragically died this week at the age of 44. Here's more on his life and legacy.