67 delicious (and cheap!) pleasures of summer -- for under $10
TREAT SHEET It's almost summer time: Forget about that diet -- you've got bigger things to worry about than whether you can fit into that bathing suit! (How to score Outside Lands tickets, for instance, or how to get to three street fairs at once.) For our first annual Treat Sheet, we asked our readers, our staff writers, and Tablehopper restaurant guru Marcia Gagliardi for their favorite summer treats under $10 that represent the Bay Area's delicious, locally sourced, mostly organic bounty. Grab your picnic basket and dig in. (See the Treat Sheet all on one page here.)
PORK BELLY DONUTS WITH MAPLE SYRUP AND MAKERS MARK GLAZE, $5.75
Yes, these things are just as rich and decadent as they sound. (Just one order of three is probably all you and your date will need.) When pigs meet donuts, it's serious business
The Sycamore, 2140 Mission, SF, www.thesycamoresf.com
SLOPPY BUN, $6.95
A flavor-packed and abundant sandwich of red curry ground beef, plus garlic mayo, jalapeno, Thai basil, and shaved onion. Be sure to pay an extra $1 for an egg on top. More is more.
Bun Mee, 2015 Fillmore, SF; 650 Market, SF; www.bunmee.co
LEMON COOKIE ICE CREAM, $4.25 FOR TWO SCOOPS ON A WAFFLE CONE
Get your cookies and ice cream fix in this light, lemony two-in-one dessert.
Three Twins, 254 Fillmore, SF. www.threetwinsicecream.com
NABOLOM CINNAMON TWIST, $2
It's been years since we've lived down the street and could hit them up practically every day, but these cinnamon-sugar-doused bars of gold (er, perfectly crispy-flaky-chewy croissant dough) still appear in our dreams. Get 'em fresh out of the oven if possible; the crispy caramelized sugar edges will become your new white rabbit.
Nabolom Collective Bakery, 2708 Russell St, Berk. www.nabolombakery.com
BLUES ON THE COB, $4
Baby Blues BBQ in the Mission has a great assortment of barbecued meats, and we try to mix it up — but we never deviate from one of our favorite sides: fresh roasted corn on the cob smothered in blue cheese. Yum.
Baby Blues BBQ, 3149 Mission, SF, babybluessf.com
EL FRIJOLAZO HOT DOG, $6.95
Guatemalan hot dogs, people. And believe us, you've never had a bacon-wrapped dog like this. The fresh-baked and toasted bun comes slathered with refried black beans, avocado, a Latin spin on mayo, and queso fresco. Finish with a squirt of the green salsa chapina on top.
Los Shucos, 3224 22nd St, SF. www.losshucos.com
MATEVEZA YERBA MATE IPA, $6
Need a buzzy kick? The folks at Cerveceria de Mateveza café near Dolores Park combined all the kick of caffeinated Argentinean necessity yerba mate with the downhome goodness of locally brewed craft beer. Olé.
Cerveceria de Mateveza, 3801 18th St., SF. www.cerveceriasf.com
PRETZEL CROISSANT, $3.50