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What I wouldn't give for a nice blueberry muffin

... and a cup of coffee in the morning.

I date the end of the decent morning blueberry muffin in SF at the approximate
time of the opening of the Costco in town. As far as I can tell, every coffeeshop
is serving exactly the same indentimuffins from exactly the same indentiflat
purchased two days ago at the big-box bakery.

East bay's no better. This post is motivated by the *insanely* bad one I just
got from Espresso Roma on Hopkins. If you tried to made bubblegum pancakes
and burnt them, you'd start to get close to what they're selling.

So, SF or east bay. Is there anywhere that a decent muffin and a decent cup
of coffee can be had at the same, general location? Bonus points if the muffin
is toasted in butter on the grill, but now I'm just dreaming.

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  1. you would think it would be possible, right?

    Mission Beach Cafe had a pretty good one.

    Nibs at 38th ave. and Balboa- ggod baked goods all the way around, good coffee too!

    Town’s End Restaurant & Bakery- I use to get a good one there when I worked in South Beach area

    Liberty Cafe has some of the best muffins in the city, I had other muffins there. If they make blueberry its should be good.

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    1. re: Lori SF

      I will grudgingly agree that Liberty has pretty good muffins. The blueberry muffins are blueberry-corn muffins, however, so you have to like corn muffins (I do). I had a raspberry crumb muffin there the other day that was decent (though they told me it was blueberry crumb--I wasn't too excited to find out it was raspberry). Their muffins are large, dense, and heavy, so you have to like that style to like their muffins. I prefer something a little lighter.

      Destination Baking has decent blueberry muffins, but their bran muffins are really great.

    2. Try Abigail's Bakery and Cafe. They make a crusty on the outside, spongy on the inside with plump blueberries. They also make a cranberry muffin. I think these are the best i've had if SF. They have been warm at 9am or so. Their breakfast is also worth trying. The other baked goods were not as good. I can't vouch for the coffee.

      2120 Greenwich St
      San Francisco, CA 94123
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      Cross Street:Between Fillmore St and Webster St

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        1. re: Lori SF

          Jo Ann's Cafe in South City. A diner though and not a coffe shop in the Starbucks design. The Apple Walnut is my favorite though. Call first as the muffins change from day to day but they almost always have blueberry.

      1. I thought the blueberry muffins at Bette's Diner on Fourth Street were really good. Can't vouch for the coffee, however, because I don't drink it.

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        1. re: junk2

          Do you know if they sell them at the takeout? I don't recall seeing any but when I'm there it's always been at lunch time and I'm not looking. Bette's coffee is unknown to me because there's a Peet's directly across the street ... :)

          1. re: Chuckles the Clone

            Bette's coffee is awful, do not even attempt it! And I generally like Bette's.

            1. re: Chuckles the Clone

              Yes, I have bought them from the takeout counter, and it was pretty early in the morning.

          2. I seem to remember that the blueberry muffins at Bread Garden in Berkeley aren't bad, and they're right next door to Peets. And while I can't vouche for them, the bakery at Market Hall (I think) has blueberry muffins, and I've liked their other baked goods, and Peaberrys is right there.

            1. I haven't been in at least ten years, because I don't really eat sweets any more, but I remember good blueberry muffins at Fat Apples. Crusty, sugary top, moist, not-too-sweet middle, big berries... Might have changed, though. Espresso Roma is awful, I agree. I had the worst pizza there. And the coffee is too expensive.

              1. Just had an amazing blueberry muffin yesterday at Semmifreddi at their Colusa circle shop in Kensington - moist, LOTS of blueberry, not too sweet, and a nice crown. Coffee is fine, but latte was great. Please try it - I think you'll be pleased.

                1. Specialties in downtown SF might do in a pinch. I think the quality of their goodies has suffered since I started going there in the late 1990s, but at least the muffins are way better than those Costco muffins.

                  1. I totally agree about the nasty Costco muffins. They taste more like really bad pound cake than muffins. Also, their "chocolate" muffins don't have any flavor other than sugar, much less chocolate.

                    A few months ago, I enjoyed my blueberry muffin from Jimmy Beans Berkeley, which I got to go with their decent coffee.

                    Destination Bakery's blueberry muffins are good too.

                    Of course, the best are the ones you make at home...when the blueberries are piping hot, the crust is still crispy and the center soft and warm. It takes just minutes to whip those out too and you can use TJ's frozen berries.

                    1. Lola's on Solano. They only make them though in blueberry season with the best of the seasons's blueberries. The muffins are loaded with them. Great blueberry pie too. FatApples would be a good choice. They might even grill one if you requested it. You can get a free muffin with your breakfast instead of toast.

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                      1. re: rworange

                        Just a head's up - Fat Apples is usually out of their muffins by 11.

                      2. The blueberry muffins (and blueberry scones) at Hopkins Street Bakery are better than those at Espresso Roma--and if the coffee's fresh made it's not bad at all. Blueberry muffins have some cornmeal in them, I believe. Sweet Adeline's has great coffee and good blueberry muffins when they make them.

                        1. Thanks for all the great suggestions! Some quick followup:

                          I've been into Bette's twice looking. No muffins. Counterperson said they were out. I'll try earlier next time I'm over there. The banana cream pie looked pretty awesome, but for breakfast?

                          Bread Garden: I'm generally not a fan of this place. It seems a little too "moosewood cookbook" for my taste. The blueberry muffin was a bit small and in need of some more actual blueberry flavor. However, what taste there was was pretty good, and the texture and density were perfect. I'll definitely be back next time I'm up near the Claremont, but I'm not sure I'll go too far out of my way.

                          Now I'm wondering about the Bread Workshop. I haven't been in since they moved a few years back, but I remember a decent muffin back in the old days. I pass it all the time but never stop in. Maybe tomorrow.

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                          1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                            I just remembered ... Sconehenge near Berkeley Bowl ... I haven't tried them for years though.

                            Everytime this post surfaces, in my mind I see these great blueberry muffins I had, but I just can't seem to match a name to the place. Will report if the memory kicks into gear.

                          2. I too am constantly in search of the PERFECT blueberry muffin... one with a big crunchy top you can peel off and eat in bread-y muffin-y pices.... Judy's on Chestnut in the city has a great bluberry muffin. They serve mostly brunch, but you can get a muffin or mini pumkin loaf with their omlettes. Those muffins are perfect. Also, Il Fornio had good coffee and big blueberry muffins, but I think they add lemon zest/juice to them so they have a very lemon'y taste to them.... they are still excellent. There's also a bakery on Grant street in Northbeach, I'm forgetting the name.... they make italian and french breads but always have big yummy muffins and other baked goods in their display case. I'll go there and report back..

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                            1. re: mlucier

                              Thank your ... thank you ... THANK YOU !!! Judy's is the blueberry muffin I was thinking of ... just great.

                            2. Not quite a muffin, but I had a spectacular blueberry coffeecake at Kensington Bistro in Albany. Packed with blueberries and made fresh for breakfast and brunch.