Junk Foodie

With chefs now applying their culinary artistry to foods usually reserved for amusement parks, cops and lazy moms (churros, donuts and Pop Tarts, respectively), foodies are rediscovering the joys of junk food. And though these treats are now being made without trans fats, artificial flavoring or toxic preservatives, they are even more delicious than ever, and still completely devoid of nutritional value.

Updated: August 04, 2009

High-End Low-Brow

Dynamo Donut & Coffee

2760 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

DD's donuts are shaped like classic cop-killers but that's about all they have in common. Pastry pimp Sara Spearin churns out gourmet 'nuts in flavors like lemon thyme, caramel fleur-de-sal, and bacon-apple with maple glaze?.hmmmmmmm.

Spork Restaurant

1058 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Forget Reese's. The perfectly salty-sweet peanut butter cup at Spork gets a scoop of vanilla ice cream, bananas and salted peanuts, before being drizzled with caramel--on the health-o-meter, equivalent to dipping your cigarette in cyanide, but somewhat more tasty.


2317 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

These aren't the churros you begged your mom for at Six Flags--they're even better. The fried fritters are dusted with cinnamon sugar and come with a cup of thick, rich Mexican hot chocolate for dipping.

Luna Park

694 Valencia, San Francisco, CA 94110

The make-your-own S'mores at Luna Park put the campfire variety to shame. You'll get a small cauldron of molten dark chocolate topped with perfectly golden melted marshmallows to dip your gourmet graham crackers in.

Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Unlike the gel-filled cardboard Pop Tarts that have malnourished American children for decades, Foreign Cin's is a delicate, fresh-baked pastry stuffed with organic house-made preserves of apple, apricot, cherry, wild blueberry, cherry and mango.


354 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

There isn't anything gourmet about the deep-fried Twinkie at Butter, but anything this breathtakingly unhealthy must be tried. The twink is battered, rolled in graham cracker and fried, eaten and immediately regretted.

Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream

2790 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This Mission ice cream parlor churns out classic American-style ice cream in extremely unclassic flavors like Guinness gingerbread, balsamic caramel and foie gras--the frozen equivalent of a fat kid wearing a beret.