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This inexpensive American eatery on the Embarcadero is the hospitality arm of the well-known Delancey Street Foundation, which helps ex-cons and drug addicts turn around their lives. The cause is noble, but the food has devotees as well. While the Sunday brunch menu - scrambles, waffles, and so forth - is big, customers from nearby downtown offices come during the week for sandwiches, pastas, salads, and pizzetas.
The residents of Delancey Street's treatment program have been making this pie for 12 years for the foundation's restaurant. It is based on a recipe from somebody named "Sonny's Mother," who hailed from Louisiana. But any other historical details about it have been lost. One thing is certain: There is absolutely no sweet potato pie that remotely compares to Sonny's Mother's. The bright orange filling contains hints of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and is decadent and rich enough to be a meal... More »
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