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Dec 22, 2011 06:38 PM

Public Service Announcement: Golden Gate Bakery is NOT open.

In case you were planning to spend part of Christmas vacation lining up for an egg tart, forget about it. In what should be one of their busiest weeks of the year, Golden Gate Bakery is still on "vacation."

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  1. As usual, sign says nothing about when they might be back.

    1. Walked by Golden Gate Bakery today and was greeted by the strange sight of a line in front of the ostensibly closed premises. Turns out they were selling baked-to-order egg tarts by the dozen out the door to anyone who cared to wait in line. There was no posted notice, the place was dark inside and the "Closed For Vacation" sign still on the door. Every few minutes they would open the door and deliver another couple of boxes to customers waiting, money in hand.

      I asked a couple of women in line how they had heard about the sale, and they told me they just happened to walk by, saw the line, and joined in.

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      1. re: soupçon

        On vacation again. Next person in should tell them to set up a twitter feed.

          1. re: chocolatetartguy

            Perhaps I was premature ... On a lark, I called their phone number to see what would happen. Sure enough someone picked up and said they were on vacation!

              1. re: hhc

                No idea.

                Each time I've seen their "on vacation" sign (~4 times), the inside of the store was left chaotically enough to make me wonder if they'd ever return. With this in mind, I was so taken aback to hear someone actually answer the phone that I didn't have a chance to ask.

              2. re: hyperbowler

                The matriarch has been spotted inside the store when it's closed for "vacation", prompting this concerned post,

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Oh, that makes me sad. That post you link to is from 2004. Do you think she still does that?


          2. re: soupçon

            That's incredible.

            Is there a general consensus of the best egg tarts in the SF Bay?

            1. re: timeo

              BTW... I just swung though 30 minutes ago from Chinatown to check for a friend coming up next weekend from SoCal...

              Yes, they are open for business... :)

              1. re: slew

                I just bought an egg custard tart there last week (on Thurs). So they were definitely open and the egg custard was definitely WONDERFUL.

              2. re: timeo

                Yes I think Golden Gate Bakery is the consensus best. Interestingly when I went by yesterday there were lines from both directions into the bakery. As I recall there's usually a single line going south, but this time the larger arm was going north. I wonder if any incidents resulted.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  They were open sometime before July 8th. My sister was visiting and after she left on that day, I saw one of their bags in the trash.

                  Personally, I am not a fan of GGB's don tok, although I can see why many might prefer them. The egg custard is very eggy and the crust very flaky. I grew up on Eastern Bakery's version in which the egg custard is sweeter and the crust more pie-like. I don't particularly like custard, so it stands to reason I would like a sweeter, less custardy version. As I understand it the two bakeries are related in some way. Only other place I have had any recently would be Good Luck Dim Sum, which I remember liking.

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    Amazingly, even without line monitors, the line seems to know to form itself into a "U", so only one line into the store. Most likely due to the western(ized) customer demographics. That's definitely not a bad thing.

                    1. re: FoodTrippin

                      July 24, 2012. "Closed for Vacation" sign on door today. Oh well, their doors were opened for at least 2 weeks this stretch.

                      1. re: FoodTrippin

                        Probably not much longer than 2 weeks since they were closed when I passed by last month.

                        1. re: Chandavkl

                          They were closed today (Saturday, July 28th)... Very weird... O_O

              3. Found out someone created a Blog & with FB/Twitter account:

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                1. Folks - there are the european alternatives:
                  The ancestor of the dan tat, Pastel de Nata, at Silva Bakery in Hayward: 18563 Mission Boulevard, (510) 278-3322, off of Highway 238. Much denser, more cream in the custard, burnt edges on purpose, lemony and fabulous.
                  The custard tart at John Cambell's Irish Bakery in San Francisco, 5625 Geary @ 21st Ave, 415-379-9965. Again, a denser more western custard.

                  I like all three, unfortunately.

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                  1. re: Ericruo

                    Buyer's Best Friend on haight has a European variation in the refrigerator section. It's very tasty and less sulfurous tasting than a Dan Tat from GGB