I ate my way through San Francisco

The rain finally let up for a couple of days, so we decided to take a spin through the city and visit our all-time favorite spots. Although this is only a small list of what San Francisco has to offer, it should give a visitor a good taste of the culinary greats.

Hands down my favorite bakery in the world is Tartine. Not only are the croissants buttery works of art (and a breakfast of champions), the cakes, cookies, and other confections are simply delicate pieces of heaven – all with their own wonderful characteristics. Tartine’s menu has something for everyone – sweet or savory. The pots de creme combine a perfectly smooth cream with just the right balance of chocolate. The lemon poppy seed tea cake is moist, has the right amount of lemon flavor and is dusted with powdered sugar. The quiche, with choices that change daily, is made with fresh organic produce, which combines nicely with the fluffy crème fraiche eggs and buttery crisp crust. I’ve have tasted almost everything on the menu, from the brioche bread pudding to the eclair and cookies. But the most amazing thing to Tartine is the bread. Yes, the reason why I cannot ever go carb-free. The breads are available after 5:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday and come in plain country (my favorite), with walnuts, sesame seeds or olive. There’s a reason why the bread continues to win bread competitions all around the world and why there’s always a line out the door and down the street.

Tartine Bread Assortment

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: 1.415.487.2600

One cannot visit Tartine without also grabbing a scoop from Bi-Rite Creamery, which is just a skip down 18th Street from the bakery. This creamery and bake shop has hand crafted, small batch, ice cream in a variety of flavors guaranteed to make your palate happy. My go-to flavors are coffee toffee, roasted banana and chocolate coconut. A kid size scoop on a sugar cone always does the trick for me no matter what the weather – sunny and 75 degrees or raining with a cold breeze.

Bi-Rite Creamery Coffee Toffee Ice Cream

Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 626-5600

Down the street from Tartine Bakery, tucked among various neighborhood storefronts is Anthony’s Cookies. Absolutely the perfect cookie – crispy on the outside with a chew in the inside. There are daily, periodic and seasonal cookie flavors. My favorites are the toffee chip and German chocolate, but the chocolate chip is always a good classic too. No mater what the flavor, you won’t be disappointed with these cookies. In fact, you’ll probably leave with more cookies than you expected.

Anthony's Cookies

Anthony’s Cookies
1417 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: 1.415.655.9834

Right around the corner from Anthony’s Cookies is Mission Pie, a cafe and bakery. It has both sweet and savory pies, but my favorite is the banana cream pie. The pies are created using seasonal ingredients, so you’ll find something new all the time. What I like  best about the banana cream pie is that there are slices of pie in the cream and that the pie crust is never soggy.

Mission Pie Banana Cream Pie

Mission Pie
2901 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: 1.415.282.1500

My husband rides and races cyclocross, which means that I’ve had my share of Belgian fries and split pea soup. During the off-season, when the urge for Belgian fries with mayo dipping sauce or Belgian waffles becomes too unbearable, we typically head to Fritz. Crispy on the outside with a fluffy center – just another reason why I can’t go carb-free.

Fritz Belgian Fries

590 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: 1.415.863.8272

For a variety of goodies without having to drive all over the city, I would definitely recommend the Ferry Building Marketplace. Not only are there great shops within the building, there is also a farmers market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. My must visit shops within the building include Miette (for cupcakes and French macarons) and Cowgirl Creamery (for the Mt. Tam triple cream). If I lived closer to the ferry building, I would be in a lot of trouble.

Miette Cupcakes

Ferry Building Marketplace
1 Ferry building
San Francisco, California 94111
Telephone: 1.415.983.8030


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