Best of the Bay 2011: BEST BEELZEBUBIAN BEIGNETS

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A beignet craze has swept the Bay, and really, who could withstand the fiendish temptation of these deep-fried, sugar-sprinkled, French-by-way-of-New-Orleans brunch delights? Our current favorites come courtesy of the new Devil's Teeth Baking Company in the Sunset which, despite its intimidating name, traffics in heavenly pastries. (The bakery's name is actually a tribute to a sobriquet for the Farallone Islands.) The diabolically good bakers here have even set aside a day for beignet worship: zip down to beignet Sundays and fill those idle hands with made-to-order clouds of perfection — and cups of Blue Bottle coffee to boot. While you're there, score a batch of spice-chunked ginger cookies or a gooey-sweet pie. Followed by a stroll down Ocean Beach? Yes please, Mr. Mephistopheles. 

3876 Noriega, SF. (415) 683-5533. www.devilsteethbakingcompany.com

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