by Gina Goff - 6741 Reviews - 27 List
They may be the pride and joy of New Orleans, but beignets are currently the hot trend on San Francisco menus. From the traditional powdered-sugar-tossed desserts to savory bacon-dotted appetizers, these decadent pockets of fried dough are tempting diners at restaurants around the city. Here are just five of our picks for must-try beignets in San Francisco.
Updated: June 22, 2010
A place that bills itself as French-Soul food better have some kickass beignets, and Brenda's does not disappoint. Try the beignet flight for a sampling of all four varieties: plain, chocolate (filled with molten Ghirardelli), green apple with honey butter and, for the savory crowd, crawfish.
Found on the "Bouchees" menu of small shareable bites, these savory beignets offer a perfectly subtle hint of smoked Applewood bacon flavor. They're quickly deep-fried to perfection and served with a delightful maple-and-chive creme fraiche.
There's only one thing better than dessert at the end of a meal?and that's a boozy dessert. Served alongside RN74's bowl of sugar-coated doughnut holes is a pot of brandy caramel topped with nutmeg whipped cream. The sauce itself is drinkable, but the fried dough ain't bad, either.
A Peruvian spin on beignets, the Bunuelos de Chocolate Caliente at this gorgeous waterfront restaurant are filled with melted chocolate, given a light orange glaze and served with passion fruit and banana ice cream. The perfect summer indulgence.