Serious Eats guide to tortas in SF bay area. I visited over two dozen torta shops and taquerias in my search, and while so-so sandwiches abounded, they only made the great ones—and there were quite a few great ones—stand out even more.
Sugar Rush: Chai Brioche Doughnut at Arlequin Cafe, San Francisco
Chai Brioche Doughnut at Arlequin Cafe, San Francisco. The doughnut didn't disappoint. The dough was soft and squishy with buttery layers—explaining the name, this is a tender brioche that's shaped like a doughnut and fried.
The Best Ice Cream, Gelato, and Soft Serve in Austin
In a town that lacks many of the old school, European-American bakeries that I grew up with, Fillmore Bakeshop stands out like a beacon of nostalgia, functionality, and (most importantly) really delicious treats.
I asked the Tartine crew if they'd let me behind the scenes a bit to learn about what makes Tartine's sweets and loaves so special. The results: this guide to pretty much every darn thing their kitchen creates, and the scoop on what's next for the San Francisco bakery. Hint: it involves pizza.