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Skip the Line with a Waitcam

Ted Gioia | March 3, 2014 | Story Restaurants

The wait isn’t over, but now you can see the line from the comfort of your iPhone.

Pizzeria Delfina recently started using Dropcam, a cloud-based Wi-Fi video-monitoring service that shows a live broadcast of the chalkboard wait lists at its Mission and Pac Heights locales. 3611 18th St. (near Guerrero St.), 415-437-6800; 2406 California St. (near Fillmore St.), 415-440-1189

Tech start-up Zaarly originally created the Blue Bottle Webcam as an internal tool to optimize its coffee runs to the popular Mint Plaza brewhouse. But it recently opened the cam’s live stream to the public, so now all java junkies can time their visits to Soma’s de facto coffee king. 66 Mint Plaza (at Jessie St.), 510-653-3394

Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco

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