We hit up the weekly food festival to find this year’s best new nibbles and drinks. Here’s what we loved most.
The Perfect B.E.C. from All City Deli & Grocery
Any high-end chef or restaurant critic will tell you that what they most want to eat when they’re off-duty is simple and delicious fare like a good ol’ bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. The chef of All City Deli & Grocery, who’s worked in the kitchens of foodie hotspots Estela, Roberta’s, and Mission Chinese Food, has truly perfected that sandwich and a few other deli classics. The “Perfect B.E.C.”’s toasted poppyseed bun, oozing melted American cheese, fluffy egg, thick slabs of flavorful bacon, and a squirt of hot sauce all combine to form the most absolutely bonkers, delicious B.E.C. we’ve ever tasted.
Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches from Dulcinea Churros
Churros, the Spanish and Mexican street-food treat of cruller-like fried dough sticks, here melds with another favorite summer snack to create the perfect mash-up: churro ice cream sandwiches. Dulcinea Churros’ super-crispy freshly made churros enclose various flavors of ice cream—salted caramel and multicolored “unicorn” among them—the contrasting textures creating an intriguing confection.
Fruit juices from John’s Juice
Watermelon juice is delicious. Watermelon juice served in the watermelon is simply awesome. Same for pineapple juice, or orange or grapefruit or even dragonfruit. John’s Juice serves fruits cored and blended to order, and served in their shell or rind, for the ultimate healthful and photogenic pick-me-up.
Coffee from Ministry of Kaapi
One taste of Kaapi and you’ll be thinking that cold brew is so last year. Flavorful yet smooth, packing a rocket fuel-like caffeine punch, this traditional South Indian style of coffee is poised to be the new craveable cup. Ministry of Kaapi serves the brew, made with a two-tiered filter and imported beans, by the cup and in bottles of decoction (coffee concentrate) so you can prepare your own at home.
Halo-Halo from Ube Kitchen
Ube Kitchen’s take on halo-halo, a healthy fruit-based frozen dessert from the Philippines, features freshly made ube (purple yam) ice cream, tapioca, granola, and fresh fruit. For an extra buck, you can eat it from the shell of a hollowed-out dragon fruit—because, as John’s Juices (above) prove, everything’s more fun when it’s served in a festive fruit.