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John Campbell's Irish Bakery

Cynsa Jun 2, 2007 01:04 PM

Driving past on Geary Blvd. near New World Market, I spied John Campbell's Irish Bakery at 5625 Geary...from the corner of my eye, I saw beautiful loaves of breads! What else? ...didn't have time to stop and shop :^(

  1. wineguy7 Nov 4, 2007 04:38 PM

    Mrs. Wineguy and I stopped in yesterday to get a few items to sustain us before the John Abercrombie Jazz concert at the Legion of Honor yesterday.

    The Sausage Roll was very good, but probably the weakest of the items. I thought the meat needed more seasoning. Good texture to the pastry holding it together.

    The Beef Pasty was total comfort food. Beef Stew in a buttery crust and very rich.

    Both of us thought the Curry Chicken Pasty was the winner hands down. Very full of chicken and had a wonderful spicy sauce covering the meat and vegetables. Also in the same rich, buttery crust.

    Got a few shortbread cookies there too. Excellent and not too buttery, so we weren't groaning with stomach pain from all the butter in the other items.

    Also got a Soda Bread for breakfast this morning. It's like four pull-apart raisin scones: a little different than I remember getting at Star Bakery in Noe Valley in the old days. This bread was terrific alone or with a little orange marmalade.

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    1. re: wineguy7
      Windy Nov 4, 2007 08:40 PM

      I didn't love the chicken curry pasty or the blueberry scone.

      But the brown bread alone was worth driving across town for. Excellent tea too (served with cream).

      1. re: Windy
        rworange Nov 4, 2007 09:07 PM

        Yeah, I like that Barry's tea too. The tarts are excellent.
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/432774

        One thing I tried recently that I never heard of before are potato cakes. They are the shape of a quartered large tortilla and almost as thin. You fry them in butter. I've never had anything like this before. It was really good. Sort of looked like this
        http://www.bcnorth.ca/cookbook/Result...

        The one thing I don't like there, oddly enough is the Irish soda bread. It has a lot of puckery soda in it and raisins instead of currants.

    2. boomer13 Nov 4, 2007 02:54 PM

      I love a good scone and after reading these postings, I'll want to check it out. Makes sense to have a Irish Baker near all the pubs.

      A TIP: When I picked up the yellow togo menu, there is a coupon for a buy one get one free coffee. And another coupon for Get One Scone FREE with a coffee. (no time limit).
      Obviously this Mr. Campbell is sure that once you try a scone you will get hooked!!!

      I'll report back after I get one. Scrummy!

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      1. re: boomer13
        Cynsa Nov 4, 2007 03:57 PM

        Brown bread and Breakfast sandwiches are faves, too.

      2. Absonot Sep 30, 2007 11:23 AM

        This place is wonderful, and I highly recommend the focaccia. They will warm it up for you, and it's light and crunchy and marvelous!!

        1. manda Sep 29, 2007 06:26 PM

          I think rworange posted this but I had thought the scones at John Campbell's Irish Bakery looked so familiar - I had LOVED them at Lovejoy's Tea Room! Hooray! I can get these tasty scones at a location way more convenient to me.

          1. rworange Jul 24, 2007 12:48 PM

            Here's another Chronicle link which has bakery hours.
            http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi...

            The hours are also on the Places page.

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            John Campbell's Irish Bakery
            5625 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

            1. Cynsa Jul 24, 2007 08:29 AM

              I shopped at 7:30 am and the scones on the trays were still warm; melt-in-the-mouth goodness and no butter needed. Plain, blueberry, chocolate chip and raisin. IMHO, these plain scones made me deliriously happy - even better than Joanna Karlinsky's Meeting House biscuits.
              ...meat pies, next time! :^)

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              1. re: Cynsa
                The Librarian Jul 24, 2007 11:57 AM

                Love the shortbread, potato bread, soda bread, and brown bread. They all disappear super quickly at our house!

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                Laura2 Jun 12, 2007 09:25 AM

                The brown bread is delicious! It's a little pricey at $5 but it's worth it. What a nice addition to the Richmond.

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                  Nancy Berry Jun 2, 2007 06:00 PM

                  Cynsa,
                  I haven't been there yet, but this is what the Chronicle had to say about John Campbell's pilot operation in the Blarney Stone Bar & Restaurant in March:

                  John Campbell's Irish Bakery is bringing back quality soda bread, scones, brown bread and other Irish specialties you don't often see here.

                  The Food department sampled a wide range of Campbell's products and found them charming, old-fashioned and delicious. Our favorites were the surprisingly light and tangy brown bread, which Campbell makes with whole grain flour imported from Ireland; smoky, flat potato bread; shepherd's pie tucked into flaky pastry; and delicate scones.

                  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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                  1. re: Nancy Berry
                    Cynsa Jun 2, 2007 06:52 PM

                    Thanks, Nancy! Now, I'm tempted by that description to return to shop...soon.

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                      Maya Jun 3, 2007 08:01 PM

                      We stumbled on this place over the weekend. We got 2 enormous breakfast sandwiches on homemade bread - one on plain bread with egg, cheddar, sausage AND irish bacon, and the other on onion bread (a little like a huge bialy) with egg, irish bacon, and some kind of buttermilk cream bechamel-type sauce for $5 each. We also got a 6-pack of small sausage rolls, and tried a bunch of their samples - soda bread with raisins is great, shortbread cookies are great, dinner rolls for 25 cents each... all very tasty. They also had egg tarts, shepherds pie, individual pizzas, etc. This place seems like a great addition to the neighborhood.

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                      Bruce Harlick Jun 12, 2007 08:48 AM

                      I stopped in there on my way to the bus this morning and picked up a meat pie for a morning meal. It was really good; this is going to be one dangerous place.

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