67 delicious (and cheap!) pleasures of summer -- for under $10
Yeah, it's just like it sounds: amazing. A dark-baked croissant topped with pretzel salt, ready to melt you. Fresh out of the oven every day at 11:30am.
Arlequin, 384 Hayes, SF. www.arlequincafe.com
BUFFALO BOYS, $8.50
Fried catfish in buffalo sauce, dipped in blue cheese dressing. 'Nuff said. You could also save a buck and get the Buffalo Girls, made with seitan instead of catfish. (But why?)
Dante's Weird Fish, 2193 Mission, SF. www.weirdfishsf.com
THOROUGH BREAD APPLE GALETTE, $2.15
Ooh la la: authentic French bakery Thorough Bread near the Castro overflows with goodies worth rising early for. But we're saving our biggest oui oui for these delightful apple-filled pastries. Not too sweet, but your sweet tooth will thank you.
248 Church, SF. www.thoroughbreadandpastry.com
ROOSEVELT CAESAR SALAD, $10
This is one hell of a Caesar, the crisp leaves of Romaine are positively coated with the oh-so-creamy dressing, all topped with a mountainous flurry of Parmesan.
Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, 2817 24th St, SF. (415) 824-2600
ESPERPENTO GAMBAS AL AJILLO, $7
This may be the single garlickiest dish we've found in the city, which therefore makes it awesome. Just one order of these babies — tender shrimp drowns in garlic sauce — and a couple baskets of bread to sop up every last drop of juice. You can run on the fumes for hours.
Esperpento, 3295 22nd St., SF, www.esperpentorestaurant.com
THE REBEL WITHIN, $7.50
This stealthy treat consists of a poached egg, bacon, and scallions baked into an otherwise normal-looking savory muffin. And they even seem to get the yolk right each time, running out perfectly as you cut into it.
Craftsman and Wolves, 749 Valencia, SF, craftsman-wolves.com
STARBELLY HOUSEMADE CHICKEN LIVER PATE, $10
This ain't your grandma's chicken liver — this is pure buttery goodness. Spread it on toasted bread with sweet onion marmalade and grain mustard, and it'll warm your soul.
Starbelly, 3583 16th St, SF. www.starbellysf.com
PLANTAIN BURRITO, $7.25
If you're a carnivore, this burrito will make you consider a conversion to vegetarianism. If you're a vegetarian, you're welcome.
Cuco's, 488 Haight, SF (415) 863-4906
HASH BROWN SANDWICH, $6.55
A genius breakfast item from the Inner Richmond: imagine a folded taco of crisp hash browns, with cheese, bacon (or sausage, or ham and onions) inside, and eggs and toast on the side. Boom.
Art's Café, 747 Irving, SF. www.artscafe.com
KINAKO MOCHI, $1.35
You might not be able to eat just one, and you might want to try an assortment of mochi treats — but start with this fresh green mochi with red bean filling from a true Japantown classic.
Benkyodo Co., 1747 Buchanan, SF. www.benkyodocompany.com