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in search of a great muffin!

I've been in SF for about a year and have yet to find a really good muffin. By good i mean, moist, flavorful, with a big old muffin top. I miss my coffee/muffin shop in Boston dearly and would love to find a replacment out here.

Any suggetions?

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  1. Well everyine is going to jump on my post...but I'm NUTS for the low fat pumpkin ginger muffin at Pete's. Man, that HUGE muffin and a latte rocks my world. YUM. I expect it as TONS of calories and a heafty number of fats grams. :)

    1. I love the muffins at Noe Valley Bakery on 24th St, especially the pumpkin. Specialty's (many locations downtown) has pretty good muffins too, although consistency is not their strong suit; my favorite is yogurt blueberry.

      1. I'd love to know who makes their own muffins rather than buying the batter from a distributor and baking on site, which the majority of places do. I assume Noe Valley Bakery makes their own from scratch, but still, a lot of bakeries buy premade frozen croissants, muffins, etc.

        I know that Destination Baking Co. in Glen Park makes EVERYTHING from scratch, and their muffins are very good. My husband likes their bran muffins more than anyone's.

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        1. re: Atomica

          I like Destination Baking Co. very much, too. Their muffins are excellent, as are my favorites, their little tarts.

        2. I forgot to mention that Arizmendi also makes good muffins and they definitely bake from scratch.

          1. I don't think Noe Valley Bakery is all that awesome. I never understood the popularity. Their sticky buns are AMAZING...but nothing else makes me weak in the knees.

            1. Give Dottie's a try. It's a breakfast joint on Jones street in the Tendernob.

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              1. re: mbharrin

                You reminded me of a non-bakery place with great muffins - Mama's. You can skip the lines if you are just getting a takeout pastry. Just tell the person at the door it is to-go.

                vedoyle, what places have you tried and rejected?

              2. Balboa and 6th Ave, there is a coffee shop on the corner that makes delicious blueberry muffins. Crunchy muffin tops with real juicy blueberries. When I lived out there, they made them fresh in small batches so they were fresh and warm every morning.

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                1. re: lnyc

                  You must mean Javaholics. I used to like their muffins, but last time I was there, they were not as good. And I always thought they were from a mix.