67 delicious (and cheap!) pleasures of summer -- for under $10
FENNEL AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO LAMB SAUSAGE, $7
It's like a ballpark hot dog all dressed up with a gourmet twist. Comes with two free toppings, like sauerkraut, grilled onions, or sweet peppers. It is so perfect with beer!
Rosamunde Sausage Grill, various locations, SF.
TAYLOR'S TONICS' CHAI COLA, $2
All the healthful goodness of chai — in cola form. The local heroes at Taylor's Tonics have seen this unlikely but wondrous taste combo take off nationally. (You can get it at CostCo!) But the best place to procure this invigoratingly fizzy beverage is at one of Taylor's Fizzary soda stores.
The Fizzary, 2949 Mission, SF; 1782 Haight, SF. www.taylorstonics.com
LENTIL AND YAM PIE, $3.55
Wholesome, fresh, and flavorful, try the vegan lentil and yam pocket pie, seasoned with cumin and onion. It's simply good and healthy for your wallet, too.
Peasant Pies, multiple locations. www.peasantpies.com.
GREEN CHILE STEW $5; HOUSE SPECIALTY PIE, $8
Cross over to the savory side of the menu at this oasis of organic goodness. Try the pork, chicken, or veggie versions of the signature green chile stew. The cross back over to sweetness — with a kick — and dive into a slice of Green Chile's house specialty pie: apple a la mode with a generous drizzle of red chile honey. Good lord.
Chile Pies Sweet and Savory, 314 Church, SF. (415) 431-9411 www.greenchilekichen.com
HONEYDEW SHAKE WITH PEARL, $3.25
When confronted with the list of pearl shake options, you might be tempted to just go for it and ask for the durian shake with pearl or the guyabano shake with pearl. But if you want sweet heavenly goodness to counterbalance a bowl of fiery noodles, take it from us that ordering the honeydew shake with pearl is the wisest move of all.
Kevin's Noodle House, various locations. www.kevinnoodlehouse.com
TAO YEUN BAKED BBQ PORK BUN, LESS THAN $1
They are baked, they are filled with BBQ pork, and they are buns. You can find them practically anywhere in the bay. But there is good reason why everyone raves about these glazed clouds of perfection on the Internet. Pick up some sesame balls while you're at it, why don't you?
Tao Yeun Pastry, 816 Franklin, Oakl. (510) 834-9200
TU LAN #17, $7.45
No matter what Twitter has done to "clean up" (sweep homeless folks out of) the neighborhood, the real protests will begin when something threatens Tu Lan, the mother of all cheap, delicious Vietnamese noodle purveyors. The #17 pork kebab with imperial roll and rice noodles — a blend of sweet and spicy fried goodness — has cured many a hangover, and tops our pork kebab list. Long may she reign.
Tu Lan, 8 Sixth St, SF. www.tulan-vn-restaurant.com
PANNA GELATO WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL AND SEA SALT, $7
Don't be fooled by the odd-sounding flavor clash — servers will tell you flat-out that this decadent combination of sweet, creamy gelato, and light, fruity olive oil, accented with rock salt, is the best thing on the menu. We're gladly working our way through all the items to find out.
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