Scanning The Menu: Black And White Cookies

Sometimes, you have cravings. We know this. Hence: Scanning the Menu, a new feature where the MenuPages Blog (and our trusty Find-A-Food search) will do all the leg work for you. Every week or so, we’ll highlight a particular crave-worthy dish and illuminate restaurants around the city where you can indulge in it. Suggestions always welcome. This week: black and white cookies.

“The thing about eating the Black and White cookie, Elaine, is you want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate And yet somehow racial harmony eludes us. If people would only look to the cookie all our problems would be solved.” –Seinfeld

As you are probably unaware, today just happens to be Loving Day. Just forty years ago today, the Supreme Court decision in the Loving v. Virginia case made interracial relationships legal. Putting aside the sheer ridiculousness that interracial relationships could possibly be illegal a mere four decades ago, nothing says civil utopia quite like a black and white cookie.

Unfortunately, the East Coast dessert deities are a bit hard to find here in San Francisco, which means that plenty of folks have never tasted the moist, cake-like pastry and the perfect marriage of rich chocolate and slightly-citrusy vanilla that coat it. But have no fear, there are places around the Bay to find adequate versions of the Manhattan classic. Check them out, post-jump.

The Bagel Bakery ($1.95): The SoMa spot is a favorite for breakfast goers, but next time you stop in for a bagel, try the cookie too.

East Coast West Deli ($1.99): Long considered one of the only places in the Bay for New York deli food, ECWD’s version of the cookie isn’t superb, but sometimes beggars can’t be choosers. Besides, have you ever seen black and white cookies at Katz’s Delicatessen?

House of Bagels: This Richmond hole in the wall might be your best bet for an authentic B&W; experience. Even the Chowhounds approve.

Fuzio ($3.95): It’s not a cookie, but if you’re willing to think outside the box for your chocolate-vanilla convergence, the Black and White Affogato at any of the three Fuzio locations will impress.

Matterhorn Restaurant ($7): Chocolate Mousse Black and White. Who needs vanilla when you can just get white chocolate instead?

Scanning The Menu: Black And White Cookies