5 Cravings, from Toast to Dumplings

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Schuyler Bailey is hungry. Here are her cravings this week.


Build Your Own Damn House at Trouble Coffee

One of my most favorite interviews to date is still Giulietta Carrelli, the spitfire owner of Trouble Coffee. This token order, featuring a cup of coffee, a whole Thai coconut, and a slab of insanely indulgent cinnamon toast helped her survive the most dire of circumstances—now she’s working to open a Trouble in Oakland. Imagine what it could do for your morning.

Chicken breast and artichoke pizza at Tommaso’s

Sure, there are new pizza joints popping up all over town, but there’s something to be said for a classic—and Tommaso’s has been doling out wood-fired beauties since 1935. Plus, when the host looks like an extra from The Soprano’s, you know you’re in good hands. (North Beach)

Xiao long bao at Shanghai Dumpling King

I dream about the dumplings from Din Tai Fung—a Chinese restaurant famed for its soup dumplings that has yet to open a Bay Area outpost (for shame). Until they do, I’ll take the broth- and pork-filled pockets from this Outer Sunset spot when the fog rolls in. (Outer Sunset)

Antipasto at Foreign Cinema

The stars aligned last week, and when the thermostat still read 70-plus degrees at 7 p.m., I found myself completely comfortable on the patio of Foreign Cinema, with bare legs and a class of pink bubbles in-hand. It was utter nirvana. Then the antipasto arrived, with slices of white nectarine and a pesto drizzle (along with hand pulled mozzarella, prosciutto, basil, and fried almonds) that shocked my palate with flavors I didn’t expect until mid-summer. Get there while it’s still on the menu, if you know what’s good for you.

Oatmeal raisin cookie from The Freshmarket at Neiman Marcus

These puppies weigh in at about five pounds (I may be exaggerating), but they are large and in charge and a meal unto their own. Just how a cookie should be. (Union Square)

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