5 to Try: Beignets in San Francisco

They may be the pride and joy of New Orleans, but beignets are currently the hot trend on San Francisco menus. From the traditional powdered-sugar-tossed desserts to savory bacon-dotted appetizers, these decadent pockets of fried dough are tempting diners at restaurants around the city. Here are just five of our picks for must-try beignets in San Francisco.

Updated: June 22, 2010

San Francisco's Best Beignets

Brendas French Soul Food

652 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

A place that bills itself as French-Soul food better have some kickass beignets, and Brenda's does not disappoint. Try the beignet flight for a sampling of all four varieties: plain, chocolate (filled with molten Ghirardelli), green apple with honey butter and, for the savory crowd, crawfish.

Gitane Restaurant & Bar

6 Claude Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

A certain crowd pleaser, these little golden nuggets of fried dough come dusted in powdered sugar and served alongside a trio of dipping sauces: spiced chocolate, lemon curd and honey.


1870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Found on the "Bouchees" menu of small shareable bites, these savory beignets offer a perfectly subtle hint of smoked Applewood bacon flavor. They're quickly deep-fried to perfection and served with a delightful maple-and-chive creme fraiche.


301 Mission St (Millenium Tower), San Francisco, CA 94105

There's only one thing better than dessert at the end of a meal?and that's a boozy dessert. Served alongside RN74's bowl of sugar-coated doughnut holes is a pot of brandy caramel topped with nutmeg whipped cream. The sauce itself is drinkable, but the fried dough ain't bad, either.

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

Pier 1.5, San Francisco, CA 94111

A Peruvian spin on beignets, the Bunuelos de Chocolate Caliente at this gorgeous waterfront restaurant are filled with melted chocolate, given a light orange glaze and served with passion fruit and banana ice cream. The perfect summer indulgence.