HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
What's your latest food project? Tell us about it
TELL US

Better Pastries in FiDi

The Dive Aug 3, 2010 10:18 AM

I feel like it is impossible to find a good croissant or any pastry in the Financial District -- everything is always soggy and tasteless. I am looking for a crisp croissant or any tasty breakfast treat that wouldn't be a waste of calories.

  1. RichInMV Aug 2, 2011 08:47 AM

    I'm bumping this thread to see if there are any recent options for good pastry/coffee, closer to the Ferry Building end of Market. I'm stuck in a Peet's rut, and just bored to death with the options. I know that Blue Bottle is at the Ferry Building, but the combination of slow service, and ridiculous prices turns me off in the morning. Any good suggestions for coffee and/or pastries from Battery St. to the East?

    -----
    Blue Bottle Cafe
    66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    2 Replies
    1. re: RichInMV
      f
      foodeye Aug 2, 2011 11:42 AM

      There are more options at the Ferry Building. At the Tuesday Farmer's Market, Tell Tale Preserve Company does amazingly good croissants (and lots of other great pastries) - located next to Blue Bottle's outside cart. The fruit-centric pastries at Frog Hollow's shop in the Ferry Building are good, as is the Verve coffee that they serve - the line is shorter and service is quicker than at Blue Bottle. Across the hall at Boulette's, the canales are stellar (though usually not out of the oven til mid-morning) and they have very nice coffee service if you are not in a rush. For a good quick pastry, open early every day, Acme has great, flakey apple or ham and cheese turnovers in addtion to the croissants (plain, almond, chocolate), but no coffee. Down the hall after 9am Cane Rosso does savory or sweet breakfast sandwiches, and Mr. Espresso coffee.

      1. re: RichInMV
        k
        Keesey Aug 2, 2011 11:42 AM

        There is a hidden cafe called Jackson Place Cafe on Battery St between Pacific & Jackson. It's inside a bldg's plaza.

        They serve Blue Bottle and have cookies from the food cart Sweet Constructions. They also have these lovely fried doughnuts filled with chocolate or custard... they sort of look like zeppoles. Not a big selection of pastries, but they also serve sandwiches, bagels, and organic salads. Also home of Plum and Coi's Porky (porchetta) Sandwich!

      2. myst Aug 4, 2010 03:54 PM

        Anderson's at Galleria is not bad. I like the walnut cream cheese bread. The Galleria also has I think a wednesday Farmers Market with the Bay Bread people bringing a spread of pastries.

        -----
        Bay Bread
        2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

        2 Replies
        1. re: myst
          g
          gnomatic Aug 4, 2010 04:50 PM

          The market is on Thursday. Esther's German bakery also have a good selection of pastries there. And since you mentioned Bay Bread, how about the Boulangerie on Market (near 3rd)? I like the croissant at Brioche Bakery up on Columbus, but that is probably a bit too far north for most.

          -----
          Brioche Bakery
          210 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. re: gnomatic
            cafarmersmkts Aug 6, 2010 05:09 PM

            Yes, the San Francisco Farmers' Market at Crocker Galleria has Esther's German Bakery on Thursday along with Bay Bread. Tuesday's seasonal summer farmers' market (June - September) has Flourchylde bakery, which is gluten free. Hope this helps.

            -----
            Bay Bread
            2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

            Esther's German Bakery
            987 N San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022

            Esther's German Bakery
            570 Showers Dr, Mountain View, CA

            San Francisco Farmers' Market at Crocker Galleria
            50 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104

        2. JasmineG Aug 3, 2010 03:00 PM

          Oh, preach it. The pastries in the FiDi are pathetic. I have hopes for the new Golden West, even though it's a good distance from my office, any reports?

          -----
          Golden West
          8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

          7 Replies
          1. re: JasmineG
            d
            david kaplan Aug 3, 2010 04:09 PM

            I had their bear claw. I liked it, but like many of their pastries the bear claw was higher on butter and lower on sugar than the same type of pastry elsewhere.

            1. re: david kaplan
              JasmineG Aug 3, 2010 04:26 PM

              I like my pastries higher on butter and lower on sugar, so I need to get over there soon.

              1. re: JasmineG
                p
                Pandora Aug 3, 2010 09:06 PM

                Sentinel has added bear claws and an almond raspberry cake (I think) to their rotation for breakfast as well. Is Golden West open for breakfast consistently? I walked at lunchtime and it looked closed then.

                -----
                Golden West
                8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

                1. re: Pandora
                  d
                  david kaplan Aug 3, 2010 09:35 PM

                  I think they're starting with breakfast and plan to expand to lunch later on. I've only tried once, last Thursday, and they were open for breakfast.

                  1. re: Pandora
                    JasmineG Aug 3, 2010 11:30 PM

                    They technically are not open yet, I think -- this is their soft open, so their hours are a little uncertain, but they will be open for lunch. There were some menu highlights in today's Tablehopper http://www.tablehopper.com/chatterbox...

                    1. re: JasmineG
                      grayelf Aug 4, 2010 09:04 AM

                      Thanks for the link, Jasmine -- I'm excited to see that they are going to be doing non-sweet breaky items. Is it October yet? :-)

                    2. re: Pandora
                      The Dive Aug 4, 2010 10:22 AM

                      I stopped by Golden West today (around (9:15) and they had raspberry coffee cake and blueberry muffins. The muffin was very good -- and still hot from the oven.

                      -----
                      Golden West
                      8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

              2. d
                david kaplan Aug 3, 2010 02:50 PM

                Cafe Madeleine (several locations) is one option. And Dennis Leary of The Sentinel (see above response) and Canteen has just opened Golden West, on Trinity Place near Montgomery & Sutter, with a wider morning pastry selection than The Sentinel has.

                -----
                Cafe Madeleine
                149 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

                Golden West
                8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

                5 Replies
                1. re: david kaplan
                  Melanie Wong Aug 3, 2010 09:35 PM

                  I'm excited to hear about Golden West! How are 'hounds liking Andersen Bakery (Crocker Galleria) or Grain d'Or (in the Palace Hotel) these days?

                  -----
                  Palace Hotel
                  2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA

                  Golden West
                  8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    josquared Aug 10, 2010 09:40 AM

                    The Grain d'Or space was taken over by Andersen - stopped by there a couple weeks ago and had an okay apple muffin.

                    Anyone know the hours of Golden West? My situation is I get in prior to 7 AM in the morning, and the options open then are pretty limited.

                    -----
                    Golden West
                    8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

                    1. re: josquared
                      Melanie Wong Aug 10, 2010 11:14 PM

                      Thanks, Grain d'Or and Andersen actually have the same Japanese corporate parent. A few years ago it started making the name change. I thought that one might still be a hold out, guess not.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        josquared Aug 11, 2010 07:06 AM

                        Ahhh, thanks for that info, Melanie

                        Walked by there this morning - saw a hiring sign with the Grain D'Or name in the window, but when I peeked through the main doors a couple secs later, saw the name Andersen Bakery emblazoned inside

                        -----
                        Andersen Bakery
                        3 Serramonte Ctr, Daly City, CA 94015

                  2. re: david kaplan
                    d
                    dordogne Aug 2, 2011 02:02 PM

                    Golden West has excellent morning pastry, but at least in the early morning (they open at 8), they typically have only two varieties of muffin, a coffee cake (the one with rhubarb is enough to keep you happy through a morning's worth of emails), and occasionally Bostocks (brioche with almond paste/almonds)--no croissants. Cafe Madeleine's croissants and other puff pastry items are good, more buttery but less acoustically flaky than Acme's.

                    -----
                    Cafe Madeleine
                    300 California St Fl Grnd1, San Francisco, CA 94104

                    Golden West
                    8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

                  3. k
                    Keesey Aug 3, 2010 11:19 AM

                    Have you tried Focaccia on Sacramento St? Fresh baked goods... better then those lead bricks Specialty's call cookies.

                    1. josquared Aug 3, 2010 11:12 AM

                      I feel your pain. I'd probably go to The Sentinel on New Montgomery if I had my druthers, but they're not open when I get into work. I do occasionally stop by Acme Bread in the Ferry Bldg for their stuff, but otherwise it's the same old same old.

                      -----
                      Acme Bread
                      Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

                      Show Hidden Posts