San Francisco’s Top 10 Desserts

 September 11, 2015
Posted by jenn

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1. Lemon cream tart at Tartine Bakery and Cafe

600 Guerrero St.

You’d be hard-pressed to find anything NOT spectacular in this popular bakery which features, among other things, a daily line around the block. But if you’re going to get one thing at Tartine, get the lemon cream tart. This is quite possibly THE most popular treat in San Francisco. Tartine’s tart is delicate yet comforting, like edible cashmere.

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2. Ginger cake with pumpkin ice cream at Chow

215 Church St.

San Francisco is constantly freezing, making this cozy dessert perfect year round. The simple square of moist, slightly warm gingerbread will remind you of the childhood you never had while the cool, spiced pumpkin ice cream packs a grown-up punch.

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3. Vietnamese coffee ice cream atHumphry Slocombe

2790 Harrison St.

In our freezer right now, Humphry Slocombe’s Vietnamese coffee ice cream dessert with a shot of espresso. It’s affogatto without all the work.

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4. Peanut butter sandwich cookie at’Wichcraft

868 Mission St.

Witchcraft’s peanut butter sandwich cookie is the fancy, adult verion of the Girl Scout Do-Si-Do. Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio’s sandwich shop certainly has some pretty great savory sandwiches, but this sweet one is surprisingly special.

5. Cheesecake from Zanze’s

2405 Ocean Ave

The definition of old school cheesecake exists on the West Coast too. Head out to Ocean Avenue and pick up a slice (or a cake!) for a taste of the real thing. East Coast transplants swear by this version of an American classic.

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6. Butterscotch and chocolate pot de crème at Town Hall

342 Howard St.

Pudding is hip again, with this gorgeous and comforting pot of smooth, silky dessert.  Sweet and simple, the butterscotch and chocolate pot de creme is a modern take on a vintage classic. This isn’t your (great) grandma’s puddin’.

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7. Toffee-chip cookies at Anthony’s Cookies

1417 Valencia St.

Buying cookies direct from Anthony himself actually makes them taste better. All of the cookies are pretty wonderful at Anthony’s small cookie castle, but there’s something about the tofee-chip cookie that makes this spot a must-stop.

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8. Clairesquare from Clairesquares

At Avedano’s
235 Cortland Ave.

Also known as “Millionaire’s Shortbread” these sqaures are the Warren Buffet of Twix. Milk or dark chocolate tops a think layer of serious carmel over a solid hunk of dense shortbread. This small square is super rich and surprisingly hearty, made locally and loved by princes and paupers alike.

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9. Shortbread from Arizmendi Bakery

1331 Ninth Ave.

Arizmendi’s shortbread are paper-thin, subtle, massive squares, with classy hints of rosemary and fleur de sel. Perfect alongside tea, or for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, this artisan cookie is made with so much love and care, you can taste it.

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10. “Kracker Jax” from Public House

24 Willie Mays Plaza

You can actually take this grown-up version of carmel corn with you, upstairs and into AT&T Park. But the Giants don’t need to be home for you to grab a handful of this crunchy classic. In fact, head to Public House when the ballpark is dark and actually get a seat in this huge, sporty space.

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