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Looking for excellent scones in SF

wellworld Feb 20, 2008 03:28 PM

I am hosting a high tea next week, and I am looking for feedback on scones available at bakeries in the city.
I am hoping for flaky, buttery scones, they can be with or without fruit.
I live in Pacific Heights, so a place in that quadrant of the city would be preferred.
Thank you.

  1. Robert Lauriston Feb 20, 2008 03:50 PM

    Town's End?

    I'm not sure what you mean by flaky.

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      eastbayeats Feb 20, 2008 03:58 PM

      I am the daughter of an english woman that made the best homemade scones ever!!! I understand the flaky comment. Lovejoy's tearoom on Church and Clipper have the best I have tasted. They offer them for pickup.

      1. Windy Feb 20, 2008 05:28 PM

        The best scones in the city are at Arizmendi (inner Sunset, on 9th near Irving). They freeze well. The currant scone is a classic; typically they have another fruit offering too.

        The best scones in the general area are at Bakesale Betty in Oakland. The apricot-almond ones are worth a drive over the bridge (or on BART) on a Saturday.

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        1. re: Windy
          rworange Feb 20, 2008 05:59 PM

          I love both of those, but they are large, crumbly American scones. John Campbell's Irish bakery on Geary makes classic flaky tea scones. Here's the link to the address and previous reports

          1. re: rworange
            Windy Feb 20, 2008 06:12 PM

            I love John Campbell's breads but not his scones, which are not of the flaky (baking soda) variety. They are cake-ier in texture. Blueberry was the best of them, but these are hearty rather than delicate.

            Although that reminds me that my favorite blueberry scones in the city are served near John Campbell's at Tal y Tara. But not for retail.

            1. re: Windy
              Paul H Feb 20, 2008 07:00 PM

              Tartine Bakery's scones were featured on a Bittmann Best Recipes in the World episode. They looked mighty good to me. Has anyone tried them?

              1. re: Paul H
                Windy Feb 20, 2008 07:49 PM

                They're good, and of the flaky, traditional currant variety. But you have to wait in line half an hour to get one.

                1. re: Windy
                  Lori SF Feb 20, 2008 08:34 PM

                  not a fan of Tartine but I do like their scones but I don't think they are what the OP is looking for. However, if you are in a pinch to order these you should call in with an order and just pick them up. FYI- do not order online I had a really bad experience.

                  Sconehenge makes the perfect small flaky scones you can get them at some stores. I find them closer to the real deal than any place else. I keep finding dense, too heavy, too dull and too many things like fruit in all the scones around here.. Its like a big flour bomb in your stomach. These are the right size, flaky and nice flavor.


                  1. re: Lori SF
                    rworange Feb 20, 2008 09:10 PM

                    Sconehenge is also sold at Andronico's in SF and Berkeley Bowl in ... well,Berkeley. Now I'm confused. To me, Sconehenge and John Campbells are very similar ... therefor, flaky. Sconehenge does have a variety of fruit flavors. Seriously, JC is much flakier and lighter than Sconehenge.

                    1. re: rworange
                      Windy Feb 20, 2008 09:44 PM

                      Sconehenge is sold in many Arab-owned corner stores around the city (4 for $5).

                      And I agree, they are similar to John Campbell's in style, although sweeter. What I would describe as cake rather than flaky.

                      1. re: Windy
                        Sarah Feb 21, 2008 07:47 AM

                        Also at Mollie Stone.

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          ML8000 Feb 20, 2008 09:08 PM

          Not in SF, but if you cross the bay, Bakesale Betty has very good scones. As an Aussie, I think that helps.

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            Deeg67 Feb 20, 2008 09:23 PM

            Home Plate's are pretty good, close to your 'hood, and even better free with your breakfast!

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            1. re: Deeg67
              wolfe Feb 21, 2008 09:10 AM

              As eastbayeats says above Lovejoy's. My wife loves it and has even convinced my son to go. Here is a link. They deliver.

            2. ChowFun_derek Feb 21, 2008 09:14 AM

              Noe Valley Bakery on 24th st. @ Castro...sells frozen versions of their scones...so you could pop them in the oven and they would be fresh baked without the work...here's a link..


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              1. re: ChowFun_derek
                wolfe Feb 21, 2008 09:40 AM

                Doesn't seem like "without the work" to me. Shop,thaw,cut and bake versus answer the doorbell.
                Blueberry Pecan Scone
                (six - 2 1⁄2 oz.):
                Perfect for lazy Sunday mornings or an afternoon activity with the kids. Just cut to size and bake! Enough dough to make 1/2 dozen delicious blueberry pecan scones

                1. re: wolfe
                  ChowFun_derek Feb 21, 2008 06:47 PM

                  ...ah! The small print! I imagined pop in frozen , preshaped and reap the scone reward!

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                wellworld Feb 28, 2008 02:32 PM

                Thank you to all of the chowhounds who shared their recommendations for scones. I hosted my high tea yesterday afternoon with scones from John Campbell's Irish Bakery, and they received high marks from my guests. There were several varieties available, including plain, blueberry, chocolate chip, and raisin. The pleasant Irish lass on staff told me that Bailey's Irish Cream scones are available at times.
                Just a note: I searched high and low for clotted cream, and finally found it at Mollie Stones San Francisco, in a small glass jar, in their gourmet foods section.
                Again, I appreciate all of your help.

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                1. re: wellworld
                  Ruth Lafler Feb 28, 2008 02:43 PM

                  Thanks for reporting back! Glad your tea went well. So was it true high tea with a hot savory course, or just fancy afternoon tea?

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                    wellworld Feb 28, 2008 05:04 PM

                    Ruth, this is what I served: A selection of sandwiches on Pain di mie from La Boulangerie (Vermont cheddar, with spiced apple chutney, and fresh spinach; deviled egg salad with wild arugula; herbed fromage blanc with roasted garlic and baby arugula; rare roast beef with zesty sprouts and horseradish "ailoli"); the scones, with clotted cream, and preserves from Frog Hollow; and miniature pastries ordered from Patisserie Delanghe on Fillmore Street. At one point, I debated about adding a quiche, but we had more than enough to satisfy.

                    1. re: wellworld
                      donbonus Feb 29, 2008 04:04 PM

                      For future reference Rainbow Co-op also has clotted cream...

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