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Apr 18, 2007 08:56 PM

not-to-miss sf bakery?

Will be in town in May and want to find any great bakery. Desserts, not breads. Real butter, real cream, etc for cookies and other small goodies. No need for cakes or multi-serving baked goods.

where do you go for over-the-moon baked goodness? neighborhood bakeries a plus.


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  1. If here on Saturday, go to Ferry Plaza for some neighborhood bakeries that don't have shops in SF
    - Downtown Bakery has nice turnovers
    - Noe Valley Bakery & Bread Company has good scones
    - Frog Hollow ... also has a shop in the Ferry Building ... good galettes

    Tartine - lots of good stuff

    Boulangerie at Pine (and other locations) canneles, macrons, and I like the lemon tart. They also have a good selection of bagged cookies. Great almond croissant (hope that doesn't count as bread

    Patisserie Philippe - So far the best macrons I've had.

    Emporio Rulli - the best Italian cookies in the city Excellent rice pastry $$$$ ... $

    Golden Gate Bakery - Chinese egg custard tart

    Citizen Cake - ok, I like the fruit pates the best and ice cream next but some nice desserts

    Delessio Market & Bakery - Great and creative mini cupcakes. Other nice desserts

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    1. re: rworange

      Ditto on the egg custard tart, esp hot out of the oven, at Golden Gate Bakery on Grant Ave btw Pacific & Jackson.


    2. Mara's on Columbus in Northbeach have some killer Italian pastries. There is also a bakery on Grant and I think Filbert, I don't now the name of it, but they make really good muffins and have other baked goodies.

      If you make it over to Berkeley, the Cheese Board have really good, unusual baked goods like their "chocolate thing" which is kind of a sweetened bagel dough with huge chunks of chocolate in it. They have apricot scones, corn cherry scones. MMM MM Good.

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      1. re: mlucier

        also fantastic in berkeley, and totally pastry, cake and cookie oriented is Masse's. I can't recommend this place enough. On Shattuck a block south of the cheeseboard

      2. Dianda in the Mission for Italian stuff. They sell the great almond cake by the slice. Not sure if they have individual helpings of the rum cake. Rulli does a better job on some cookies.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          They do have individual slices of the rum cake. Sometimes it's not in the frontcase but behind them.

          1. re: chaddict

            They call it the Rum Cup - it comes in a little paper cup and is in the display with all the individual pastries.

            1. re: Mari

              Huh? This I haven't seen. I have only ever had slices. Is this rum cup essentially just the cake in a cup?

              1. re: chaddict

                Yes - they have the rectangular cakes and rum cups. The cup has layers of cake, rum and custard with whipped cream on top and a little flower.

                1. re: Mari

                  which is better in your opinion?

                  1. re: chaddict

                    Honestly, I might go for the rum cup because it is more compact. I think the slice that you are thinking of has layers of the phyllo-like layer, which I don't care for, so I usually eat around that layer and focus on the custard and the cake with the rum. My favorite dessert there is the Fedora cake and the dildeux! I've probably been going there too often, too long if I can tell you all about their cakes:-)

        2. I really like the cakes at Schubert's Bakery, a European-style bakery on Clement in San Francisco. They do sell pieces for about $3 - $3.50 ea. My favorite is the Strawberry Mousse Cake (Actually, I like all of their mousse cakes.)

          Another neighborhood bakery that I like is in Glen Park, just a short walk from the Glen Park Bart Station. It's called Destination Baking Co. and they serve wonderful tarts (the buttery cornmeal-crusted apple tartlet is my favorite -- fabulous!!,) pies, coffeecakes, carrot cake, and cupcakes.

          598 Chenery Street
          (between Castro St & Natick St
          )San Francisco, CA 94131
          (415) 469-0730
          Mon-Fri 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
          Sat-Sun 6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

          Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

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          1. re: Nancy Berry

            I also like their strawberry shortcake. It is basic but good.

          2. Petit Patisserie -- love the miniature dessert pastries, especially the tiny ginger pear cakes.