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anne Aug 12, 2003 05:10 PM

I have to say, lately I've just been totally repulsed by chain cafe scones that are the size of shoes and look as unappetizing as a baked good possibly can. It seems like they're growing more ridiculously big and calorific everyday.
I don't know why this has started irritating me more than usual.

Anyway, what do you think is the best scone around Berkeley or the FiDi?
Or please direct me to a relevant thread..

I like Sconehenge scones, which are fluffy and small, but they tend to be rather buttery and more biscuit-y than I think scones should be.

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    PegS RE: anne Aug 12, 2003 05:45 PM

    I'd love to know as well. I've given up and just make them when I get a craving. I like my scones fluffy like biscuits, the way British scones are.

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      Melanie Wong RE: PegS Aug 12, 2003 05:54 PM

      The best ones I've had in SF were at the Mandarin Oriental. They're baked to your order.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        ChowFun (derek) RE: Melanie Wong Aug 12, 2003 05:58 PM

        Melalnie,
        You're right!
        I forgot those...warm right out of the oven..delicate crunch...beautiful surroundings, and wonderful Chowfriends!

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          Windy RE: ChowFun (derek) Aug 12, 2003 06:26 PM

          For $30 a plate, you can come to my house and I'll bake them to order. I have at least as many teas as the Mandarin. Maybe I should open an undergound tea salon.

          My favorite San Francisco scones were baked by 101 Carl, back in the late 80s. They were currant scones, and while they had plenty of baking powder, I wouldn't describe as being like bisquits They also made fresh graham cracker and zweibach, but the cakes were kind of heavy.

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      ChowFun (derek) RE: anne Aug 12, 2003 05:51 PM

      I like the scones at The Cheeseboard/Arizmendi. Also Zuni has wonderful ones for B'fast.

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        foodfirst RE: ChowFun (derek) Aug 13, 2003 02:51 AM

        Cheeseboard, yes. The cheese scones have a wonderful, light, biscuity texture.

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        Margret RE: anne Aug 12, 2003 07:00 PM

        The Cakery on Burlingame Ave in Burlingame has wonderful raisin & raisin/oatmeal scones. There are two sizes. I like the small ones because I like the edges. The Cakery is owned & run by the people who used to own Shuberts in SF.

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          heidipie RE: anne Aug 13, 2003 12:13 PM

          My friends who live in Davis are traveling right now, but last month they served me the best store-bought scones I've had yet, from a bakery up there. They were that just-right combination of flaky and crumbly, buttery but not cloying, some with plump raisins and others with good flavorful blueberries. When my friends get back I'll get the info and let you all know.

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            foodcat RE: anne Aug 14, 2003 03:00 PM

            Try them from the Palio D'Asti casual lunch place on Montgomery near Sacramento. Very good, imnho.

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              jen maiser RE: anne Aug 14, 2003 08:03 PM

              I just spotted a place called "Sconeworks" (i think) today, on Eddy between Gough and Van Ness. North side of the street, middle of the block. Anything know anything about it? I would try it, but I am not a scone connisseur so I don't think my opinion would help.

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                Windy RE: jen maiser Aug 15, 2003 03:48 AM

                It's a good place--been there forever. It's been a while since I stopped by so I can't remember which flavors are the best (pumpkin in season? maybe ginger). But they aren't traditional English scones either, more cakey in texture, like a fruit cookie.

                I seem to remember decent soups too.

                Sconehenge is better for this kind of thing, even if their scones should be left out so the outsides stale a bit.

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                  Mari RE: jen maiser Aug 15, 2003 10:41 AM

                  Yes, they have been there forever - maybe 10 years. And it has been that long since I've been, but I do recall that they had some different flavors (choco-espresso, etc) and decent coffee.

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                  nja RE: anne Aug 20, 2003 12:19 PM

                  At this very moment I'm halfway through a Raspberry Almond Scone from Peet's. It's very good. Biscuity, moist, with a layer of tangy and sweet raspberry puree running through the center. I think there might be a bit of almond flour in the dough as the entire scone has a pleasant nuttiness. The shaved almonds on top could use a little toasting to bring out their flavor.

                  I've had several scones from Peets--currant, lemon, cranberry, chocolate--and have typically found them too dry, crumbly, and/or sweet. But this raspberry almond one is great.

                  Purchased at the Peet's on Montgomery at Bush.

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