Number 83: Chocolate Beignet from Arlequin Café
When it comes to dessert plate-ups, Absinthe pastry chef Luis Villavelazquez has a gorgeously baroque touch. But for the pastries he designs for Arlequin Café, Absinthe's casual next-door sib, it's the astonishingly luxe ingredients Villavelazquez uses to reframe the cliché offerings of the neighborhood bakery that leave us gobsmacked. Our favorite? Arlequin's beignets, glazed, slider-sized filled doughnuts. Of the four fillings on offer (more ― including bacon ― Thursdays at Ferry Plaza), the chocolate has us under its spell. It's a 50-50 mix of bittersweet from Valrhona and TCHO, melded into a squidgy, dangerously deep-tasting pomade. Could this be the most insidiously indulgent sinker ever made?
Arlequin Café 384 Hayes (at Gough), 626-1211 and Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, South Arcade
Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below: