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Apr 25, 2011 02:22 PM

Lemon Bars!

So I've been searching for a perfect lemon bar in my work neighborhood and I'm hoping to get your help. I work in FiDi on Montgomery between Sacramento and Commercial and have been on the hunt for 2 months now. I can't possibly walk into every place that might potentially have lemon bars and try much as I'd like to.

a "Perfect" lemon bar to me is:
1. not too eggy,
2. not too much crust
3. excitingly tart and lemony
4. soft and gooey to the touch where your fingers get all sticky from having to break off the crust

I haven't tried to many places, and I haven't been impressed with the ones that I tried:

1. Manhattan Hub - their lemon bars were ok, but I wish they more lemony
2. Cafe Madeleine - I had REALLY high hopes for this one since their pastries are so delicious. TO dense and eggy, the crust was too thick

Anyone know of a place?

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

Manhattan Hub
343 Sansome St Ste 140, San Francisco, CA 94104

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  1. Downtown Bakery and Creamery makes great ones. They're at the Ferry Plaza farmers market on Saturdays.

    1. If you get across the Bay, try Bakesale Betty's. I'm not sure of how often they make them but they fit your requirements...lemony and very tart.

      Bakesale Betty
      5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

      6 Replies
      1. re: ML8000

        if only my 15 min work breaks could take me to BSB's and back!

        1. re: ML8000

          The lemon bar is my favorite item at Bakesale Betty, but during a recent visit I was informed that it wasn't a regular menu item and that they rarely make it. It definitely USED to be a regular item.

          I feel like ever since they opened their second location, selection has become even more limited -- not to mention their hours. Talk about coasting on your reputation...

          Bakesale Betty
          5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

          Bakesale Betty
          2228 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

          1. re: abstractpoet

            Frankly with the new hours I never go. The lines are just too long and it's inconvenient...and everything sells out.

            1. re: ML8000

              I agree. It's a total bummer. Never open with less selection. They seem to really only be concentrating on the sandwich/lunch crowd.

              1. re: happenstance

                From a business standpoint, I suppose I can't really quibble with these changes in their setup - based on the massive lunchtime crowds the original location always drew (and I assume still does), I'd imagine the lion's share of their revenues were generated in a fairly short time window. The proprietors are two of the nicest, sweetest people I've ever met, and I wish them all the success in the world, but ya, the severely curtailed hours and menu have led to me never going there anymore.

          2. re: ML8000

            Agree. Bakesale Betty's Lemon Bar -- if she has it -- the best ever.

            Bakesale Betty
            5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609