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Powderface Beignets

Melanie Wong | May 16, 2006 02:53 AM

After wine-tasting on Saturday, Ms. Pssst, Ruth, and I piled in the car to check out the beignets at Powderface next to the Fruitvale BART station. As we rounded the curve, all three of us spotted the churro cart on the sidewalk and simultaneously chirped, "Churros!!!" We harbored ambitions of a Fruitvale fried dough tour, however, our beignets satisfied that craving and more.

Prices listed on the board are one order (of 3 beignets) for $2.90 or a dozen for $9.50. How could we not go for a dozen?

We watched them being made and were surprised by the generous size. The first batch was nine pieces for one round, then the remainder came later to be hot and fresh (though they went home with us). These had more air pockets and seemed a bit chewier than my long ago memory of Cafe du Monde's. The thin crust had just a bit of crispness as you bite into them.

I was happy with my iced green tea too. You can tell this was a spur-of-the-moment thing, since Pssst and I were both wearing black tees that were magnets for the powder sugar.

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