It's a good thing I don't live in the Mission. With "junk" food this delicious, I don't think I'd survive a year.
Dynamo Donuts: I know this place has garnered some controversy, but I loved it. Clearly, production problems are a thing of the past because as of 2pm on a Tuesday they had plenty in stock off 8 varieties. I tried the Maple Bacon, Chocolate Spice, Lemon Pistachio, and Meyer Lemon Huckleberry. Really nice texture on the cake: soft interior, slight crisp on the exterior, light and satisfying. All four flavors were fantastic, but the standouts were the Meyer Lemon Huckleberry which was really moist and had a clean flavor of spring fruit, and the Maple Bacon which lived up to its reputation as Best Donut Ever. Perfect balance of salty and sweet and I loved the crunchy texture that the bacon bits added. I didn't flinch at the $3 price tag, with a product this good they can charge whatever they want. (And for the record, I brought these home to share with the Mrs; I didn't eat four donuts in one sitting before eating ice cream).
Humphry Slocombe: I was disappointed when I heard that Slocombe doesn't make their own base or their own cones, but I remained optimistic. Overall, I liked the product. Secret Breakfast exceeded my expectations. I'm not normally a fan of alcohol in desserts, but the bourbon was subtle and effectively balanced the sweetness of the ice cream. It paired very well with the Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee (a suggestion from the girl who was working the counter).
Texture wise, the ice cream is thick so you can bite into it and it has a bit of a chew. High butterfat content. Though satisfying from a nostalgia perspective, I still prefer Sketch's ice cream which is much softer, lighter, and has cleaner flavors. Sketch has a blueberry ice cream right now which is just phenomenal: the essence of perfect spring berries. Ultimately, this is a personal taste issue. That said, I would certainly rank Slocombe above Bi-Rite and Ici, both of which are making a similar product flavor and texture wise (and both of which are highly overrated IMO).
Chicharrones: I couldn't leave SF without hunting down some of Ryan Farr's famous Chicharrones. I found them at the Elixer Saloon on 16th St. My god, these are dangerous! It's like biting into a cloud - poof - it evaporates and then your left with this really pleasant fatty-porky coating in your mouth, and an afterburn of chili in your throat. Frighteningly easy to just sit down and eat the entire bag in one sitting. A truly wonderful product.
It was great to try all of these amazing foods that I've been drooling over for the past year. I love the Bay Area.
Dynamo Donuts and Coffee
2760 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
2790 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110