DeLessio's Morning Bun
I've sung the praises of DeLessio's in the past, but this today's purchase of one of their morning buns has erased the memory of anything else I've ever eaten there.
Oh.My.God. It had a light, moist pastry, with caramelized brown sugar/butter/cinnamon in spots, and was still slightly warm from the oven at 7:45am. This was better by several multiples of one hundred than any other morning bun type pastry I've ever had.
I felt as though I wanted to chastise someone for not telling me about it before, but it would NOT have been right (nor would it have appeared sane) to blame the cashier person for not knowing that it would just take this one single bun to change my life.
Delessio Market & Bakery
1695 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
I guess it depends on what you like, and maybe when you get there. At 10am, the buns were no longer warm, fresh from the oven. And while I asked for the one with the least sugar on it, by the time I finished it, I was getting a bit nauseous from the excess of sweet. It was still good, especially the first few bites, but I doubt I'll ever eat another.
Worst of all, apparently at least some of the folks there need remedial instructions in how to make a cappuccino, and how it is different from a latte, or a cup of coffee-flavored hot milk.
If you love really sweet pastry in the morning, and take your milk with a little coffee, then you can have a lovely breakfast at DeLessio. Personally, I'm not going back.
I should follow up, and report on what I consider a far superior morning bun. The orange cinnamon bun from Bay Bread (there are a half-dozen across San Francisco) is everything that the DeLessio bun was not. It's a bit smaller, has less sugar, but has a phenomenal, delicate flavor of orange and citrus, that balances the sweet and cinnamon delightfully. Unlike the Delessio version, I can eat a whole one, enjoy every bite, and not feel like I'm going into sugar shock at the end of it.
I got an earlier bus to work today so I could stop by Delessio and try a morning bun based on this post. You were right, they are very good. Mine was still slightly warm (at 8:15) and topped with lots of cinnamon and sugar. I think they are slightly too sweet for me - a lot more like a dessert than a breakfast food, but still very buttery and good. However, I think I still like Tartine's morning bun better. I also like the morning buns at Acme Bread at the ferry building.
I don't often go to Delessio so early in the morning, but I was impressed by all the pastries available. I'm looking forward to trying other types in the future.
re: Dave MP
re: Dave MP
I went back today for a second try (around the same time as you, actually), and now I have to agree. My reaction to this second bun was that it was indeed wonderful, but a little too sweet for a regular thing. I'm still glad to know about it, but I think I'll be able to restrain myself from a daily visit.
By the way, the guy behind the counter told me that it's their most popular item.