Heartbaker [San Francisco]
Mrs. Wineguy and I finally dropped in to Heartbaker after a chile-laden lunch at Spices II.
We shared a nutella bombolono as well as a chocolate caramel brownie and a slice of vanilla cheesecake.
The bombolono was great and tasted very fresh. Although nothing will beat the time we had some delivered last year--before this shop had opened--and they were still warm!
The brownie was oval shaped with a crisp exterior. Very sweet and deeply flavored.
The cheesecake was perhaps the best I've had in San Francisco. It had a chocolate cookie crust and the filling had just the right balance of sweet and tang. I also liked the weight of the filling: more substantial than Zanze's.
Their coffee is single cup drip and I would have liked it stronger.
They have bottled as well as draught beer and wine as well as non-dessert food. We didn't check out the offerings as we were suffering from a chile-induced and then a sugar-induced stupor!
1408 Clement St.
Cool to hear about the cheesecake.
Their salted caramel brownie is great--- almond extract is what gives it that complexity. Good density too.
What a lovely place. I stopped by for the first time today during lunch, and we got the chocolate brownie, salted caramel brownie, and a vanilla bombolono. My favorite was the vanilla donut, which had a nice balance in texture and flavor between the filling and the donut exterior.
The brownie was a bit too chewy and cocoa powder-flavored for my taste--it made me realize that the style of brownie I seem to find in SF (and prefer, I guess) is more dense, rich and dark-chocolatey. Maybe it was dutch process powder?
Same very chewy texture to the salted caramel version, but I liked that one better. Both brownies had a dollop on top (caramel for the caramel, ganache for the chocolate brownie). All of the desserts were small (and priced accordingly), which I liked because they were particularly sweet, so just a bite was enough.
This seems like a great place to stop in for a cup of tea and a few sweet bites. I saw that they have a chocolate-banana scone; would be nice to taste test that against the B Patisserie version but I was not up to the task. The overall sense I got was somewhat retro, like finding your way into an excellent bake sale (as opposed to B's refined take in both flavor combos and aesthetic).
I should have gotten that cheesecake!
I was lured into one of those Grubstreet "top 101" lists just now because I recognized a doughnut from Blue Star in Portland (hanging head in fried dough shame). Was a bit surprised to find Heartbaker listed. I guess their bomboloni got game... see number 87 here: http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/02/101...