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Sourdough in San Francisco [split from Quebec board]

celfie Jul 5, 2010 07:56 AM

i buy sourdough at every opportunity and every single one i've had in this city disappoints. i really should just move to san francisco.

[Note: This thread was split from the Quebec board at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/718283 -- The Chowhound Team]

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    dmarg Jul 5, 2010 09:35 AM

    Themz harsh words, celfie. Although now I am super curious to try San Fran sourdough. I have a friend going there in a week. Where should I tell her to pick up a loaf or 5?

    5 Replies
    1. re: dmarg
      wolfe Jul 5, 2010 01:07 PM

      dmarg why ask celfie when we can't even figure it out for ourselves?

      1. re: dmarg
        Robert Lauriston Jul 5, 2010 01:10 PM

        Boudin's more or less it. They have stores at the airports.


        1. re: dmarg
          csp1 Jul 7, 2010 05:20 PM

          Get the Acme sourdough batard from the ferry building. Buy it on the day they are leaving and wrap it in plastic. It's my favorite bread in the bay area since the early 1980's in Berkeley. I take it to the Midwest when I go back for my relatives.

          1. re: csp1
            Thomas Nash Jul 7, 2010 05:53 PM

            Yes, Acme's is better than Boudin.

            If you want to try some real SF bread (maybe the best in the universe) -- get a country or walnut loaf at Tartine -- fresh out of the oven at 5 PM any day but Mon & Tues. Best to call first to reserve one. Only problem, it won't make it back to Quebec -- you will eat it all while it's warm even though it is huge.

            Tartine Bakery
            600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. re: Thomas Nash
              monku Jul 7, 2010 07:54 PM

              Just returned from San Francisco. I bought a fresh Acme sourdough baguette at the Ferry Building first thing Saturday morning and later that morning a Boudin sourdough baguette at the Boudin bakery on 10th Avenue.
              Side by side taste test there was no difference making one better than the other. They were both good.

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