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Jun 18, 2007 12:36 PM

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
      Map it | Get directions

      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.