Toffee Chip Cookies from Anthony's Cookies in the Mission, San Francisco, CA | You can’t go wrong at Anthony’s, but if you’re only trying one cookie, start here.
Key Lime Pears from Recchiuti Confections in the Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA | The pears are thin and crispy like potato chips, flavored with lime essence, and dipped in very high quality chocolate. It’s rare as an adult to come across a new texture or flavor, and these accomplish that. They’re seasonal, but you can order them online, so if you won’t find yourself in San Francisco soon, at least you can play along at home.
Blackberry Milkshake at Barney's in Noe Valley, San Francisco | When I was a kid, the family would go camping and I’d spend hours picking blackberries. In the morning, mom would pour cream over them for breakfast. This tastes just like that.
Salted Caramel Ice Cream from Bi-Rite Creamery | You’ll see this on every damn list anyone ever makes about Bay Area food, and they’re right.
Passionfruit Milk Chocolate Donut from Dynamo Donuts | You could eenie meenie in front of the selection at Dynamo and fare just fine, but the Passionfruit Milk Chocolate? That’s the one.
Caramel Robin Eggs at Miette | These are only available around Easter, and I wait all year. The outer candy shell has an aftertaste of fresh lemon, with a layer of dark chocolate surrounding a caramel center. If you want some, you’ll need to get there before me, because I sweep every last bag into my basket and hoard them all year.
Caramels by Sweet Revolution at Bi-Rite | So soft, they’re like biting into cold, sweet butter. Let one warm in your mouth and try not to pass out.
Butterscotch Pot de Crème at Town Hall | If only they'd serve this in a bathtub so you could immerse yourself in the unctuous expanse of cream.
Bourbon Banana Cream Pie at Wexler's | I want to dip my finger in this filling and wear it behind my ears as perfume. Do not share a piece. Get your own piece.