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in search of a great muffin!

vedoyle Jul 7, 2006 12:39 AM

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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    abe1329 RE: vedoyle Jul 7, 2006 12:46 AM

    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. :)

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      Anya L RE: vedoyle Jul 7, 2006 01:42 AM

      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. Atomica RE: vedoyle Jul 7, 2006 02:27 AM

        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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          Nancy Berry RE: Atomica Jul 8, 2006 02:20 AM

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

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          Anya L RE: vedoyle Jul 7, 2006 02:30 AM

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

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            abe1329 RE: vedoyle Jul 7, 2006 02:57 AM

            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.

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              mbharrin RE: vedoyle Jul 7, 2006 04:45 AM

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

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                rworange RE: mbharrin Jul 8, 2006 02:11 AM

                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?

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                lnyc RE: vedoyle Jul 10, 2006 07:53 PM

                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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                  Anya L RE: lnyc Jul 11, 2006 05:40 PM

                  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.

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