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Creighton's Bakery on Portola Drive, SF

Cynsa Aug 5, 2006 01:36 PM

My search for a good apple fritter has ended at Creighton's — apple chunks in a rich eggy batter. It's now my gold standard for fritters.
I was disheartened when Creighton's was sold in 2003; but the new owners have it up-and-running and the favorites are still favorites. The bear claw was flakey and the chewy chocolate cookie was dense and rich. What else should we try? How are the eclairs?

673 Portola Drive
(415) 753-0750

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  1. Atomica Aug 5, 2006 02:52 PM

    They claim to make everything from scratch, but I'd be totally willing to bet $$$ that most of their output is prefab frozen stuff from a distributor. I personally think the quality is very low. Try the bakery that's in the old Creighton's spot, Destination Baking Co.

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      stonefruit Aug 5, 2006 03:28 PM

      If you go to Destination Bakery (Chenery St. at Castro in Glen Park) try the sticky buns -- they're great.

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        abe1329 Aug 5, 2006 04:24 PM

        I don't think the one in Diamond Heights is very good at all. Are they owned by the same person? I too doubt they make their own stuff.

        Noe Valley Bakery has the best sticky buns we've found.

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          Atomica Aug 5, 2006 06:55 PM

          Destination Baking Company is located in the spot where Creighton's used to be, on Chenery in Glen Park. Creighton's moved to Diamond Heights and Destination was born. The two bakeries are not associated with one another. Destination makes every element of their baked good from scratch (except for the little round chocolate candy piece they put on some cupcakes, which they buy from one of their customers).

          I think Noe Valley Bakery has a couple of decent items, but some of their baked goods just suck. The overpriced "Noe-O" cookies, for example, which have no discernible flavor of chocolate.

        2. Windy Aug 6, 2006 12:00 AM

          I got several scones from Creighton's recently (cranberry, almond, and maybe plain) and liked them. Prices were reasonable.

          At Destination Bakery I love the banana cream tarts and just had a nice nectarine tart--didn't love the pastry dough, but the fruit was perfect.

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            Nancy Berry Aug 6, 2006 04:12 AM

            My favorite is the apple crumb tart. It's got a great buttery crust and the apples are soft but not mushy and the flavor is great. I also like the tart that has a raspberry jam filling and marzipan topping. Their coffeecakes are excellent, too -- in fact, I've been happy with everything I've tried at Destination Baking.

            I used to be a real Creighton's fan and was quite hopeful when the Portola Creighton's was sold (after a real search for just the right new owners.) I've been quite disappointed with their baked goods, both at the original Portola store and at the one in Diamond Heights.

            1. anna Mar 5, 2007 03:29 PM

              I work by there and found some really good stuff. I like the sausage and eggs hand pies, chicken apple sausage in puff pastry, mac n cheese, and the granola with yogurt and strawberry. The pecan chicken salad is good as well. For some reason, I just haven't try the sweets there much.

              1. pane Mar 5, 2007 03:30 PM

                As far as apple fritters, the version at Bob's Donuts on Polk is excellent. Bob's is open 24 hours; I've stopped in at 3 a.m. after a night of excess at The Hemlock and would swear that Bob's apple fritters saved my life.

                Hear, hear for the praise of Destination as well. I picked up rworange's hot cross bun challenge and was most impressed by the version there. The staff was very friendly and seemed proud of their products.

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