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Apr 12, 2008 05:19 PM

To die for bread and butter downtown?

We're in SF at the Maxwell Hotel and looking to enjoy fresh-out-of-the-oven bread and butter with our meal. It can be any type of cuisine, just as long as the bread is fresh and lovingly made. Near or far.

Thanks 'hounds!

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  1. Head to Naan n Curry, order the naan and ask 'em to brush it with ghee. It will be blisteringly hot right out of the tandor.

    336 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I don't know. I've only had abominable naan (so abominable it's driving me to blab) at that location and wonderful naan at other Naan N Currys. I don't think the former versions had known a tandoor in several hours, and actually tasted as if they had been frozen at some point. I will say, though, that I've strictly visited the one at O'Farrell after midnight, so I trust Melanie can vouch for the quality during the day. Maybe it's possible to request freshly baked as well. Naan is a great rec either way though!

      1. re: Annie S.

        Oh my! Glad you spoke up, as I've been to all the other locations but not this one near the hotel and had no idea that it was so bad. NnC is not my favorite dhaba, but these folks usually make great naan, as you point out. Anyone else been to the O'Farrell branch earlier in the day? Actually, i've been wondering about the breakfast.

        Edited to add: The Rotunda at Neiman-Marcus serves baked-to-order popovers. Think they're served with strawberry butter or something like that.

    2. Warm bread is unfashionable in the Bay Area. Any good restaurant will serve fresh, high-quality bread from one of several stellar bakeries. However, few bake on site, and fewer still warm it up in the oven.

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      1. re: Morton the Mousse

        I have to agree...which I'm guessing is why MW suggested an Indian place. Indian places (and some Afghani) are the only places I know that serves hot fresh bread. Breads of India in Berkeley and Oakland serve fresh baked bread and it's excellent...not sold on the rest of the food.

        1. re: Morton the Mousse

          Well, if you get an early reservation at Delfina, you'll get some pretty freshly out of the oven (and possibly still warm) bread from Tartine next door with your meal, but I agree, that's an exception. That's a great option, though; the bread is great and so is the rest of the food.

          1. re: JasmineG

            It is not hot, but Town's End has a really nice bread basket that they bake in thier own bakery. Also not hot, but if you want one of the finest examples of sourdough in SF, go to Tadich.

            It's not that I don't like Acme, but I wish more restaurants would be more creative in the bread department.

            Oddly, the only hot bread I can think I've had in the Bay Area ... bakery or restaurant ... has been at Safeway and Wal-Mart.

            1. re: JasmineG

              Hey, you usually beat me to recommending Bar Tartine - funny that you mentioned Delfina serving Tartine bread, but not Bar Tartine <g>

              To the OP - Tartine Bakery has some of the best bread in the city, and your best shot at getting it warm is at Delfina and Bar Tartine.

              I know that there's the whole philosophy that the flavors and texture of bread are best appreciated at room temperature, but I like my bread warm, too. I think refreshing it in the oven for a few minutes gives back the extra little crackle in the crust, and I like my butter to soften a little bit.

              1. re: daveena

                Hah, well Delfina is right next door, so I think there's a better chance of hot from the oven bread there than three blocks away at Bar Tartine. But I think that I like the food at Bar Tartine better than at Delfina, and the bread is sure to be excellent!