Soft, salty, and strangely addictive, these can be found at Wo Hing General Store, St. Vincent, and the Front Porch. But Boxing Room (399 Grove St., at Gough St., 415-430-6590) gets bonus points for serving them in a cute, miniature cast-iron pot.
At Locanda’s bar they call it coppiette, but around most parts of the city it’s just jerky. Pick some up at the Fatted Calf (320 Fell St., near Gough St., 415-400-5614) to go with a growler of Magnolia beer. Dinner of champions.
At the Monk’s Kettle and Absinthe, they’re crafted into bites to dip into cheese fondue. But the most amazing ones by far are the hand-rolled pretzels made with rye and paired with mustard at St. Vincent (1270 Valencia St., near 24th St., 415-285-1200), where they’re served so soft and warm you’ll want to snuggle with them.
Jerk-spiced duck hearts
Found only at the Alembic (1725 Haight St., near Cole St., 415-666- 0822), this consists of six or so skewered tickers served with pickled pineapple and thyme salt. Goes down surprisingly easily, sober or drunk.
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