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HELP! I fly back to DC at 1pm tomorrow - where is best bakery downtown?

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irfan11 Oct 29, 2009 11:24 PM

Please help! I'm staying in downtown SF at the Parc 55 Hotel (55 Cyril Magnin St), I've been stuck in meetings all day today and I fly out tomorrow back to DC at 1pm.

What are your suggestions for the best bakeries within walking distance? I'd love to nosh on some pastries and grab some good bread to take back home! Worst case, is there an Acme Bread outlet at SFO?

Thanks folks!

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Acme Bread
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

SFO Restaurants
San Francisco International Airport South San Francisco, CA, San Francisco International Airport South San Francisco, CA

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    sumi RE: irfan11 Oct 29, 2009 11:36 PM

    you could walk or take the F Market to the Ferry Plaza in the morning, as Acme is there, and will have a wide selection of breads to take home. And while you're there, Frog Hollow has some very delicious pastries (the risotto tartlet is really good, and maybe you can get a good fall fruit tart since unfortunately, peach season is over) and I'd also suggest picking up their peach jam to take home. It's terrific. Boulette's Larder has very good cannele's as well. That might be a good, one stop place to go in the morning.

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    Boulettes Larder
    Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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      irfan11 RE: sumi Oct 29, 2009 11:40 PM

      Thanks sumi, I love the Ferry but depending on how the mtg goes tomorrow I may not have time to go there. The concierge recommends Boudin (near Beard Papa's which I fell in love with in Japan in '04...umm)...thoughts?

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        sumi RE: irfan11 Oct 30, 2009 01:52 AM

        You're in Union Square, and walking to a decent bakery will take longer than the 5 min it'll take to get in a cab and drive the 1/2 a mile to the Ferry Plaza. There are many wonderful bakeries, but just not within 5 min walk of Union Square. I suppose you could get a pastry at Emporio Rulli in Union Square proper, but not bread, and the pastry will just be ok, not special. You really only need 30 minutes total to grab a cab, go to Acme, buy some bread and round up sweets since Frog Hollow and Boulette's are in the same building, then hit the airport. You could even do this w/ your roller bag in tow. If you like sourdough, Boudin is decent for a chain, but not Acme quality or variety. There really aren't very many quality bakeries closer to where you are than Acme. Brioche is the only other one I can think of sort of not too too far away, and Acme is closer than that, a straight shot down Market.

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        Emporio Rulli
        464 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA

        30 Cafe
        9850 Cabrillo Hwy N, Moss Beach, CA

        Round Up
        3553 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

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      sumi RE: irfan11 Oct 30, 2009 01:54 AM

      I'm pretty sure there's no Acme Bread store at SFO - there is a Boudin Cafe though in one of the food courts.

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      Acme Bread
      Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

      SFO Restaurants
      San Francisco International Airport South San Francisco, CA, San Francisco International Airport South San Francisco, CA

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        DandySF RE: irfan11 Oct 30, 2009 06:27 AM

        Pick up a loaf of sourdough at either of the two Boudin outlets at Macy's. Then, walk over to Westfield Center, go to the bottom level (Nordstrom side) and pick up pastries at Cafe Bellini. Bellini gets its baked goods from a very good local bakery, La Boulanage/Bay Bread. These are two of my favorites in the bread and pastry category. The almond croissant, filled with a tasty marzipan, is especially good.

        Aaron
        http://www.thesluicebox.com/

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          irfan11 RE: DandySF Oct 30, 2009 06:46 AM

          Hmm, persuasive case for schlepping down to the Ferry bldg...if I'm really running short on time I'll follow DandySF's advices, otherwise Ferry it is. Thanks y'all!

        2. Robert Lauriston RE: irfan11 Oct 30, 2009 09:09 AM

          There is or was a Rulli at SFO. I'm not sure if it has more of a selection that the one in Union Square, which is limited compared with the ones in Larkspur and the Marina.

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          SFO Restaurants
          San Francisco International Airport South San Francisco, CA, San Francisco International Airport South San Francisco, CA

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            Pei RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 30, 2009 06:02 PM

            There's a Rulli at SFO before security. I've never purchased, but it looks like a similar selection to what's at Union Square--that is to say, not much. There is another Rullie inside the International Terminal, and the selection there is even more limited.

            Neither is superior to the Rulli in the Marina or ACME at the Ferry Building, and definitely not worth bringing back to DC. You can definitely find something at either to tide you over on a plane ride, but it's not worth bringing home to friends. It's no better than Au Bon Pain, for example. For great fresh bread ACME can't be beat by DC.

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              irfan11 RE: Pei Oct 30, 2009 09:58 PM

              I ended up walking to Beard Papa's, haven't had them since 5 years earlier in Japan - they were good but the custard wasn't as thick and overall a bit sweeter than I recall. Then I cabbed it to the Ferry bldg, God I love that place. Had fish tacos at the fish market, all the while staring at the hot dogs people were buying across the hall at the niman ranch beef place. Grabbed a latte at the artisal coffee joint where they make each coffee individually (very good for a fair price)...and then grabbed a great arugula, cheeze, and jam sandwich from Acme, perfect for the flight home. Here I am at home in DC now, 1am, lusting to tear into this beautiful pain au levain (3 pounder baby) ...it's a bit late so I'll tide myself over by polishing off the cheese bread/roll that's slightly crispy on the outside but chewy soft on the inside.

              Thanks for convincing me to go the Ferry building!!

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