67 delicious (and cheap!) pleasures of summer -- for under $10
If you manage to get to North Beach's justly-famed Liguria early — very early — enough, you'll be rewarded with soft, spongy, fabulously oily tomato bomb focaccia, sprinkled with green onions on top.
Liguria Bakery, 1700 Stockton, SF. (415) 421-3786
BUFFALO WINGS, $10
Or you can have Angry Korean wings, or dry rub, or seven other kinds, 10 flappers for just $10. Yeah, and it's quality chicken too: air-chilled Mary's birds. Piping hot and finger lickin' good.
Wing Wings, 422 Haight, SF. www.wingwingssf.com
BACON BACON BANH MI, $8
This killer banh mi comes stuffed with pork and bacon patties, pickled vegetables, jalapenos, cilantro, and sriracha mayo. Good stuff, served specially from the Bacon Bacon café or truck.
Bacon Bacon, 205 A Frederick, SF. www.baconbaconsf.com
THE AUTHENTIC BANH MI, $5
Just try to find a bigger banh mi at that price. Comes with roasted pork belly, roasted five-spice pork shoulder, housemade headcheese, and Vietnamese pork sausage, plus a slew of vegetables. Grab some napkins.
Mission Banh Mi in Duc Loi, 2200 Mission, SF. www.ducloi.com
FROZEN GREEK YOGURT, $4–$5
Move over fro-yo, this tangy number is going to steal the show. Baklava crumbles on top with syrup, are you kidding? Or how about olive oil and flaky sea salt? Greek sour cherry syrup? However you want it, here in Hayes Valley.
Souvla, 517 Hayes, SF. www.souvlasf.com
THRICE-COOKED FRIES, MANIMAL STYLE, $7
These fries are bonkers: They're thick and hot, and come smothered in "doggie sauce" (housemade aioli with ketchup, sriracha, and chow chow relish), shredded cheddar cheese, charred scallion, and a sprinkling of piment d'Espelette for extra kick.
Trick Dog, 3010 20th St., SF. www.trickdogbar.com
BANANA CREAM TART, $7.25
Pretty much the benchmark for banana cream pie in town. Almost too good with that touch of dark chocolate and caramel. Almost.
Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero, SF. www.tartinebakery.com
TURTLE TOWER PHO GA, $8.25
One of the finest chicken noodle dishes in the city, this enormous bowl of pho will cure whatever ails you: hangover, cold, or just hunger. Perfect for fog-drenched afternoon.
Turtle Tower, various locations. www.turtletowersf.com
PORK BELLY BAO, $6.75
Imagine a tender baked bun, stuffed with pork belly, turmeric-pickled daikon, and green shiso. (Or you can get it in a steamed bun for $3.75.)
The Chairman Truck, www.thechaimantruck.com
LA TORTA GORDA TINGA TORTA, $9.25
This torta can last you the entire day and then some; this monster is stuffed with shredded chicken stewed in chipotle and onion, refried beans, avocado, queso fresco, onions, mayo, and jalapenos. A junior is $6.95, and plenty.
La Torta Gorda, 2833 24th St, SF. www.latortagorda.net