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Paddy Last

San Francisco

Hi all,


I'm new a new member but have been using this website and baking bread for over a year. I'm living in Singapore which is a bit of a desert in terms of artisan baking. The wife and I are planning a holiday to the US in April including about 4 days of exploring SF. I'm extremely excited to be visiting such an important baking city. I was wondering if you could recommend a few key bread places for us to visit. Just two or three will be plenty. My wife won't let me distract her from shopping for very long. 

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hazimtug

With pleasure... I lived in SF for about 5 years, now I am in Cyprus for about 2 years, and likewise, Cyprus is not so good with artisan bread baking. So, I end up creating my own breads at home.


Anyway... here are some places to try:



  • Tartine Bakery (Like a European bakery shop, with amazing sweet pastries but also awesome bread. They sell bread only certain days of the week. The lines are long but they go quick. Paninis are awesome too. My favorite was their Country Walnut loaf... aghh... how I wish I had one right now! This bakery is in San Francisco at the corner of 18th and Guerrero Streets in the Mission District).

  • La Boulange at various locations in San Francisco.

  • Arzimendi Bakery in San Francisco or Oakland.

  • Acme Bread Co. (this one is in Berkeley, an awesome artisan bakery that also supplies bread to restaurants... you can find their breads at the Ferry Building as well. You should definitely check out Ferry Building for the farmers market, which happens on Sundays I think. Food heaven!)


Hope this helps. Enjoy SF!


Hazim

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xaipete

I've had bread from Tartine and thought it was really suberb. The place is really busy, so make sure you get there early. --Pamela

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hoek59

Have not been there yet, but have read great reviews about it.  If you would like to get an idea what they offer, check their website or take a look at their cookbook.  http://www.tartinebakery.com/

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xaipete

At the book signing at Omnivore books yesterday, Peter mentioned some pizza places he had visited on this trip.


Pauline's, Delfina Pizzeria, and Pizzaiolo in Oakland. There was a fourth one too, but I don't remember what it was. I'm trying to find out. If I do, I'll post it later.


--Pamela

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hazimtug

Hmmm... pizza! Another small pizza gem in San Francisco is Pizzetta 211 (http://www.yelp.com/biz/pizzetta-211-san-francisco). And please do not forget DOPO in the East Bay- a small Italian restaurant with Sicilian dishes and their pizzas are definitely a hit (I had the privilege to bake some of them!).


Hazim

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Paddy Last

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions.


I'm really looking forward to searching them out. I'll post a reply with my impressions once I've come back from the holiday.


Alec