John Campbell Irish Bakery, SF report & pics
- hhc May 19, 2008 09:26 PM
After Bay to Breakers we were hungry so I suggested John Campbell's Irish Bakery. It's someplace I've been wanting to try and it's in the Richmond neighborhood where we were anyways.
It's a small bakery with no seating area. It's a take-out place.
I picked out:
Belfast bap: Irish bacon, Irish sausage, scrambled egg & cheddar cheese all in a bap $5. Like a egg mac muffin, but better. I liked the sausage the best. Bread & everything else was fine.
Beef pastie $4.5: it's huge! We got one & shared it. Ground beef mixed w/ peas, carrots, onions, & a gravy sauce in a flaky puff pastry.
Also got a loaf of Irish brown bread $5. It's a round loaf that tasted very salty & like cornbread. Dry & crumbly. Just ok for me, husband liked it.
My total $14.50. CASH ONLY.
Lady that helped me was very nice, and asked if we wanted the food heated - we did for the first 2 items.
We ate the food at the Blarney Stone Pub that's next door - heard they own it too.
John Campbell's Irish Bakery
5625 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Nice idea to eat next door at the Blarney Stone. The food at the BL for brunch is from John Campbells. That Bap looks great. Nice photo
I stumbled across this place on Sunday and thought it warranted a write up. At first, I thought it was the bar, but then realized hidden back a bit was a bakery. I hadn't heard the phrase "Irish Bakery" and wondered what was inside.
The answer: all kinds of scones, a few kinds of crusty breads, sandwiches, and other baked goodness.
Things I tried:
Mini Crusty Bread Loaf - a smaller baguette. Great for not having to commit to a whole loaf. To me, the crustiness of the bread was excellent. Very light and even great toasted the next day.
Blueberry and Bailey's Scone (2 separate kinds) - overall ok. A little dry. I had them the next day, so maybe it was drier than it would've been the same day. Had it next day because I was so happy with the next item.
Focaccia Breakfast Sandwich - Perfection in the morning. I didn't expect it to be so good. Ham and egg on on focaccia roll with carmelized onions on top. It's the type of thing I'd like to have every morning. The satisfaction of a gut bomb, but without seeming like one. I had it warmed. You could have it cold, but why?
Staff - went with the recommendation of the friendly person who worked there - Lily.