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Best of San Francisco

nelle | May 5, 199901:59 PM

I moved back to New York from San Francisco three years ago and the one thing I sorely miss are the excellent food resources. These are some of my faves.

The best cup of coffee in San Francisco is made by SPINELLI. Spinelli was around way before Starbucks and is leagues ahead in terms of quality. They also roast the best-tasting beans I've ever had. They do mail order if you're interested: (800) 421-JAVA.

Every Saturday at the foot of Market Street and the Embarcadero is an amazing farmer's market. Two of my favorite vendors are MARSHALL'S FARM and BURTON & COMPANY. Marshall's, at (800) 624-4637, makes honey from local wild flowers and from fruit tree buds. Have you ever tasted honey that actually tastes like the flower? Mmm. Burton & Company, at (510) 652-0101, makes exquisite citrus fruit curds that kick the butt of anything I've tried from England.

Finally there's MASHUGA NUTS, at (415) 491-1889, a sweet, nutty praliney kind of confection.

Speaking of Mashuga Nuts, MITCHELL'S ICE CREAM in the Mission District sometimes makes Mashuga Nuts ice cream as well as some terrific other flavors, including lots of tropical fruit flavors.

Speaking of the Mission District, a trip there wouldn't be complete without eating a burrito. I think the best are at La Tacqueria at 25th Street and Mission. Small but meaty and tasty. They also have great fruit drinks, a mixture of mashed fruit, watermelon, tangerine, canteloupe, water and sugar.

That's all for now.

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