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Mar 4, 2006 09:28 PM

Alfajores Round-up in SF

  • m

The first place I tried alfajores in S.F. was at Taqueria La Corneta. Today I went to the Alemany Farmer's Market and found that there's a new coffee stand called Cafe del Sur (or something like that) where they have beautiful alfajores. I bought one for $1.25 and it was delicious. It was prettier than La Corneta's version and it was stuffed with dulce de leche.

I am heading to Destino on Market St. on Thursday and will save room for their alfajores, which they also seem to sell at Gump's. Has anyone tried the alfajores at Tango Gelato on Fillmore?

FYI - alfajores South American sandwich-like cookies. Dulce de leche is sandwiched between two butter cookies that are sprinkled with powdered sugar. They are worth a try if you like dulce de leche.

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  1. I haven't tried them at Tango Gelato, but don't forget that Nick thinks the ones at Villa del Sol in SSF are even better than La Corneta...


    1. Panchita's #2 on 16th St. also has alfajores at the cash register - sometimes.

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      1. re: Cynthia

        In my limited alfajores experience, I LOVED the ones at Panchita's #2.

      2. d

        The Destino alfajores are awesome; unlike the larger ones, these around a little under 2 inches in diameter, and are deliciously delicate and buttery.

        I've found the larger ones to be dry, due to the low dulce de leche-to-cookie ratio. The dulce is what makes the cookie amazing, and Destino makes their own.

        You can buy them at Gump's, purchase them directly at the restaurant, or order through their website. These really melt in your mouth, and the packaging is really beautiful as well.



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        1. re: dessertfirst

          I will have to try Destino's version. If you happen to make it to the Alemany Farmer's Market on a Saturday, then I recommend the alfajores there since there was a very generous serving of dulce de leche in them.

        2. They also sell a great one at Lo Cubano on California. You can also get them catered here:
 They are AMAZING at this place! And it's woman-owned!

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          1. re: mardag

            I forgot about Lo Cubano's version. I still think that the cafe's version at the Alemany Farmer's Market is better.
            Thanks for the link!

            1. re: Mari

              So the caterer whose web site you linked is called Sabores del Sur and I they are the same ones at the Alemany Farmers Market. Their alfajores were very good. Have you tried their Chilean empanadas? I noticed that they were selling these at the market on Saturday.

          2. It's might be a little far, but I had some very tasty alfajores (though a very mediocre meal) at Estampas Peruanas in Redwood City. They had a thin layer of dulce de leche and were nice and flaky.