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.
Boozing in a bar is just better than staying at home. The drinks taste better, the lighting is dimmer and fellow patrons make for much better eye candy than another night with TiVo. But an evening of highballs can quickly turn into a week of low funds. That's why we've handpicked seven of our favorite San Francisco bar deals below, with options for tastes ranging from delicate to dive-y.
Our city may not have sprawling backyards, Chuck E. Cheese or seasonal sports to keep kids occupied like their Middle America suburban counterparts, but who needs any of that when we've got so many other kid-friendly activities in San Francisco? Consider what we have: one of the nation's biggest public parks, world-class museums (yes, even the kind that won't bore children to tears) and huge secret slides you can ride down on greasy pizza boxes. Childhood here might not be traditional, but interesting? Always. Here are our favorite places for city kids--both young and old--to play in SF.
It exists on every menu--the item everyone truly wants to order but doesn't for fear of looking like the juvenile, poor-palated person in the group. Whether it's the burger at a steakhouse or the PB&J at a sandwich shop, you know you want it. Go ahead and order that PB&J without shame at these places that celebrate it--the cream of the creamy-PB crop. Here are our six favorite PB&Js in San Francisco.
Everyone knows where to get a stack of do-the-job diner waffles to combat a hangover. But, on March 25, the most holy of the random egg-beaten food holidays, International Waffle Day, you cannot settle for just any line cook's boxed-mix batter. From sweet-and-savory soul food to Asian street snacks, here are the Bay Area's best--and a few of the most unusual--waffle dishes.
If you want to experience another culture, some say, start with the food; fine, but if you really want to see the character of a country on naked display you've got to spend some time in its bars. Luckily, in this, one of the most diverse cities in the world, not only do we have representatives from nearly every nation on the planet, but watering holes where you can experience the authentic, convivial culture of countries like Mexico,China or Senegal without ever having to board a plane.
With most people working longer hours than ever, it's lame that happy hour continues to occupy such an early time slot--usually ending at 7pm. Luckily, there are plenty of SF bars and restaurants with late-night happy hours and all-night specials that are sure to please those who can't start drinking when five o'clock rolls around.
Throughout their history, cafes have been hangouts for subversives, artists and revolutionaries. But in a city that is itself so counter-culture, what would a cafe have to do to be anti-establishment, sell raunchy BDSM sex toys? Well, one SoMa coffeehouse is doing just that, and we've found four other hotbeds of anti-mainstream culture--and most of them have great coffee, too.
Everyone loves a big breakfast, but what's with this waking up in the morning stuff? Not only is it inconvenient, but breakfast at 3pm--or 3am--just tastes better. So whether it's well into the afternoon and you've just rolled out of bed, or it's well into the next morning and you've just stumbled out of a bar, these all-day and all-night breakfast joints in San Francisco are sure to help start you off, or finish you off, just right.
The aftermath images of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti are heartbreaking, and it might be hard to imagine what little ol' you (and your puny checking account) can do to help. The good news is that plenty of San Francisco businesses are joining in on the effort and making it easy for you to support the cause, as well--just by patronizing places you like to go anyway. It doesn't get much easier than that.