Follow your nose down Ross Alley to this tiny but fragrant cookie factory. Workers sit at circular motorized griddles and wait for dollops of batter to drop onto a tiny metal plate, which rotates into an oven. A few moments later out comes a cookie that's pliable and ready for folding. It's easy to peek in for a moment, and hard to leave without a few free samples. A bagful of cookies—with mildly racy "adult" fortunes or more benign ones—costs under $5. You can also purchase the cookies "fortuneless" in their waferlike unfolded state, which makes snacking that much more efficient. Photographing the cookie makers at work will set you back 50¢.
56 Ross Alley, off Washington or Jackson St. west of Grant Ave., San Francisco, California, 94108, United States
Mar 27, 2009
Don't blink or you'll miss it! Slightly off the beaten path, but worth it - especially if you have kids. When I peeked in the front door I thought, "This can't be it...", but a friendly Chinese man greeted us, drew us in, and immediately handed us free samples, hot off the griddle. He pointed out how it all works, and began chatting with my kids. We all loved him - and the bag of cookies we bought to take home!