Sweet Tooth, 10 Things to Taste in San Francisco

1st April 2014

When I travel, I like to make a goal list that includes specific foods I want to taste wherever I land. So I decided to make an extensive treats list for my hometown of San Francisco, in case you’re similarly inclined.

I set up a Pinterest map that has photos of each item with their addresses, right here and will be building on it as we go along. We’re starting with dessert, which is a solid life philosophy. Ten sweets you should taste in San Francisco:

1. Bourbon Banana Cream Pie at Wexlers
I want to dip my finger in this filling and wear it behind my ears as perfume. Do not share a piece. Get your own piece.

2. Butterscotch Pot de Creme at Town Hall
They will serve this in a bathtub so you can immerse yourself in the unctuous expanse of cream, but it’s more expensive.

3. Sweet Revolutions Caramels at Bi-Rite
So soft, they’re like biting into cold, sweet butter. Let one warm in your mouth and try not to pass out.

4. Caramel Robin Eggs at Miette
These are only available around Easter, and I wait all year. The outer candy shell has an aftertaste of fresh lemon, with a layer of dark chocolate surrounding a caramel center. If you want some, you’ll need to get there before me, because I sweep every last bag into my basket and hoard them all year.

5. Passionfruit Milk Chocolate Donut from Dynamo Donuts
You could eenie meenie in front of the case at Dynamo and fare just fine, but the Passionfruit Milk Chocolate? That’s the one.

6. Blackberry Milkshake at Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers
When I was a kid, the family would go camping and I’d spend hours picking blackberries. In the morning, mom would pour cream over them for breakfast. This tastes just like that.

7. Toffee Chip Cookies from Anthony’s Cookies
You can’t go wrong at Anthony’s either, but if you’re only trying one cookie, start here.

8. Millionaire Bacon at Sweet Maple
They soak the bacon in Maple syrup and secret spices, and I can’t talk about it anymore because I’m chewing.

9. Salted Caramel Ice Cream at Bi-Rite Creamery
You’ll see this on every damn list anyone ever makes about Bay Area food, and they’re right.

10. Key Lime Pears from Recchiuti Confections
The pears are thin and crispy like potato chips, flavored with lime essence, and dipped in very high quality chocolate. It’s rare as an adult to come across a new texture or flavor, and these accomplish that. They’re seasonal, but you can order them online, so if you won’t find yourself in San Francisco soon, at least you can play along at home.

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5 thoughts on “Sweet Tooth, 10 Things to Taste in San Francisco

  1. Julie

    Oh sweet lord, those pears!!! Last time I was in San Francisco, I veered from my usual trough of Asphalt Jungle mix at Recchiutti and had just one bite of pear. I still get goosebumps.

    For someone who lives on the east coast, I am WAYYY too familiar with too many of the items on your list. But I can’t wait to try tall the others!

  2. Amy H.

    As a fellow San Franciscan, I’m looking forward to every new addition to this list!

    It’s outside of SF, but my favorite sweet treat in the Bay Area is the red velvet whoopie pie at Sweetie Pies on Main St. in Napa. Amazing.

  3. Emily Woodward

    That Recchiuti recipe is in his book, and I tried it, and it worked! Excellent for Christmas gifts.

  4. Martha

    Maggie! I just found out I’m going to California! To Benicia, actually, which I’d never heard of, but when I looked it up I realized it’s close to San Francisco, and my very next thought was that I need to look up your old posts about things to do there. I will probably only be able to make it to San Francisco for an evening or two, but I’m still going to try to do or see or eat as many things on your lists that I can. I’d love to find something interesting like the flea markets you’ve mentioned.

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