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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.

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  1. 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.

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    Acme Bread
    Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

      1. 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.

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

        Golden West
        8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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        1. re: david kaplan

          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?

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          Palace Hotel
          2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA

          Golden West
          8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            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.

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            Golden West
            8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

            1. re: josquared

              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

                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

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                Andersen Bakery
                3 Serramonte Ctr, Daly City, CA 94015

          2. re: david kaplan

            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.

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

            Golden West
            8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

          3. 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?

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            Golden West
            8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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            1. re: JasmineG

              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

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

                1. re: JasmineG

                  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.

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                  Golden West
                  8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

                  1. re: Pandora

                    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

                      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

                        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

                        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.

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                        Golden West
                        8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

                2. 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.

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                  Bay Bread
                  2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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                  1. re: myst

                    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.

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                    Brioche Bakery
                    210 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                    1. re: gnomatic

                      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.

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                      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. 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?

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

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                    1. re: RichInMV

                      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

                        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!