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Friday, September 26, 2014

Notable Bay Area Residents Share Their Favorite Comfort Foods

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 7:57 AM

In honor of this week's Food Issue, in which nine local writers delve into their psyches to reveal their favorite comfort foods, we asked a few notable locals where they go when they're feeling down.

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  • Mike Hendrickson

"The big old reliable is the cheeseburger at Original Joe's. It's too much food and I always say I'm only going to eat half, but if I've got something on my mind, the whole thing goes." -S.F. police chief Greg Suhr

"Town Hall has the most incredible butterscotch pudding — they call it a pot de creme — with thin shards of chocolate on the top of it. So you scoop the butterscotch chocolate pudding with the shards of chocolate and eat it that way. I have cravings for that all the time." -Olympic gold medal ice skater and cookbook author Brian Boitano

"For me it's anything that reminds me of Philly, so it's Phat Philly's in S.F. Love their cheesesteaks, tastycakes, and peanut chews." -Stanley Roberts, observer of "People Behaving Badly" on Kron4

  • Anna Roth

"Pizza and meatballs from Tony’s Pizza down in North Beach. Italians always have a way of making you happy, don’t they?" -Chef and restauranteur Michael Mina


"When I'm feeling blue, when my work isn't going well, I find myself seeking a very particular solace. Doughnut Dolly, in Temescal Alley, is my go-to when I need some deep fried, sugar/dusted, cream-filled comfort. " -Author Ayelet Waldman

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"The world's greatest is Saigon Deli Sandwich at International and 14th Street in Oakland. It is to my knowledge the only Vietnamese-Mexican restaurant in existence. They have the best bahn mi sandwiches and they're $2.75. When I slather them in Sriracha sauce I'm the happiest guy in the planet." -Sam Singer, public relations specialist

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"I really like the bialys at the Cheese Board — they're hot on Saturday mornings. It reliably makes me feel better about life. The matzo ball soup at Sail's is equally effective." -Author and food activist Michael Pollan

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Anna Roth

Anna Roth

Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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