Ice cream, donuts, dumplings and Incanto (a trip to SF from NYC)
A too brief whirl through the Bay Area, and I'm ready to trash-talk NYC places...wow S.F.!
DYNAMO DONUT is incredible, and wins against our local Doughnut Plant. The flavors are clean and smart, no over sweetness or oily taste. Love love LOVE. Favorites: spiced chocolate, maple apple bacon, lemon-thyme.
HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE ice cream is another wonder. Strauss organic milk, great texture (no ice crystal problems, which plague other places) - whatever their style is, I love it. (Didn't go to Bi-Rite or the others, so this is not a comparison.) The Vietnamese Coffee flavor is my favorite - I love coffee ice cream. The Thai Chili Mango is genius - super bright and balanced. The vanilla was too vanilla-y for me, and although I can see the appeal of Secret Breakfast, I don't love bourbon in my desserts. If I wanted a vanilla-like flavor, I'd get the olive oil which was deeeelicious. The hot fudge sauce is great - super dark, tastes salty to me, fabulous. I almost got a t-shirt it was so good...
SHANGHAI DUMPLING KING great gingery pork dumplings and all the other usuals. Nice thin skins, balanced flavors, I'd like to try more of their menu.
INCANTO reminded me a lot of Al Di La in Brooklyn, but with foie. I had a fresh pappardelle with trotters and foie, forget what my friends ate but it was all good. The mortadella on the salumi plate is particularly delicious. Happy to report a late dinner walk-in on a weeknight is no problem.
BAKESALE BETTY okay fried chicken sandwich...the slaw is nice (crunchy, oniony, cilanto) but it didn't come anywhere near to rocking my world.
Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar
1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131
Al Di La
248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Shanghai Dumpling King
3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Dynamo Donuts and Coffee
2760 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
2790 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110