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Aug 5, 2010 08:42 AM

Status of AU?

Anyone know when Dennis Leary's AU is scheduled to open in the alley off of Montgomery Street?

I tried a google search and couldn't find anything more recent than a SFEater post from May, which did not give an estimate for the opening.


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  1. What is Golden West Bakery at 8 Trinity Place? Is it possible I have been watching too much Jeopardy?

    The Dive and others have already been there.

    Golden West
    8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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    1. re: wolfe

      Yes, it's confusing that the name of the bakery is apparently Golden West but the sign simply says "Au" (the chemical symbol for gold, no mention at all of anything "West"). That's trying a little to hard to be hip and cryptic, IMHO. And to clarify, the alley is actually off Sutter, not Montgomery.

      Golden West
      8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Awww, geez....why can't either this or The Sentinel be opened before 7 AM? Those things sound delish and much tastier than my alternatives at that hour

        re: the sign - I immediately got the gold reference being a chemistry geek in high school. Like you, not sure where the west part of it comes in, though, unless there's a plan to open up an Au place in the East (Bay) in the future maybe?

      2. re: wolfe

        I just realized it's right across the street from Sam Spade's office.
        "Hammett gave Spade an office in a splendid 1926 building at 111 Sutter Street. The marble hall and walls and the beamed, painted ceiling look more like the entrance to a Medici palace. Sam had his office - on the fifth floor."

      3. It is currently open for breakfast only. They will be expanding to lunch down the road. Spoke with Dennis when buying my bear claw this morning and he said he thinks the hours will be 8-10 for breakfast and 11:30-3 for lunch eventually. The bear claw was warm and delicious, flaky pastry-like. It's a new item for me as Sentinel had only done muffins and coffeecake. My office is just between Golden West and Sentinel so it'll be interesting to see the differences/similarities as they are only like 3 blocks apart.

        Golden West
        8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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        1. re: Celery

          Thanks for the info folks. Odd to hear that they are open for breakfast. I made a special trip there this morning and at 8am they were not open and there was no sign of life. The window and door were covered with paper.

          1. re: Bay Gelldawg

            I'm hoping for the butter kuchen and baked egg with spicy pork and beans mentioned (on Eater I think) as potential breakfast items. Long live the savoury brekky, one thing missing from Sentinel's otherwise excellent repertoire.

        2. It's literally on my way to work, in recent days, there's only 3 items for breakfast, but I hear they plan to open soon for lunch.

          raspberry coffee cake, blueberry muffin, almond bear claw.

          (I totally thought the Au was for something else)

          1. I stopped by this morning and got coffee cake, fantastic. Raspberries inside, almonds on top and nice and crispy, very moist and yet crunchy on top, and still warm. Yum.

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            1. re: JasmineG

              Just walked by 15 minutes ago (1:00) and still not open for lunch.

              1. re: Jeff

                There was some text on the menu that said they'll be open for lunch on the 23rd if I remember correctly, with lunch starting at 10:30?

                1. re: Mr_Happy

                  I saw a sign with that exact text on their window yesterday on an early morning excursion to their location

                  1. re: Mr_Happy

                    They are open for lunch today (or will be in a couple of minutes). Despite what it ways on the website (, they aren't open for lunch from 10-2, only 12-2 (I found this out the hard way at 11:15!). Only soup and 2 sandwiches today,

                    1. re: ammck63

                      I picked up a BBQ beef short rib sandwich today. No waiting and the sandwich was good - very similar to sentinel. They don't have drinks yet, only coffee.

                2. re: JasmineG

                  Visited at 10:15 AM today and ordered pork and beans, the creamed ham biscuit, and raspberry coffee cake.

                  The pork and beans with the poached egg looks almost like a cassoulet - sizeable, tender shelling beans with quarter-sized chunks of tender pork and almost-melting pieces of fat. My poached egg was a tiny bit underdone with some of the white still runny, but it's really a negligible complaint - stirring in that yolk into the rest just makes this a phenomenal breakfast. There's a little diced jalapeno in here that makes for a bit of a kick, too.

                  Biscuit with creamed ham - a large biscuit topped with a lattice of cheese, with my box overflowing with rich, creamy white gravy with savory, porky pieces of ham. This is a rich, soft biscuit: not crumbly or flaky. Has some chew - serves as a great vessel for all the gravy. Worth being careful with this order - I was unaware of this, and one of my biscuit containers popped open and leaked gravy in the rest of the bag.

                  Great coffee cake, too - moist, crunchy, warm, and not too sweet. Wish I'd gotten to try the strawberry muffin as well.

                  They were out of bear claws at 10:15 AM - it sounds like it could be a popular order. I saw two other customers, and both tried to order the bear claw. I'm an instant convert - I like Sentinel, but it's a relative disappointment to me because I love Canteen. This is the best breakfast/lunch I've had in recent memory.

                  Added bonus: Chef Leary prepared our order! Heard from a friend that he was not in there earlier at ~8:30 AM.

                3. Stopped in for lunch today since it's nearby where I'm working and had the BBQ shortrib sandwich. Wow!! REALLY good. Rich flavor, just the right amount of spice. And the bun was great; more than just a vessel to get the meat to my mouth.

                  The limited menu could mean it's not a frequent stop but I'd definitely come back.

                  Golden West
                  8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104