Thursday, July 7, 2011

Get Your SF Pastry Fix

I'm a big, big fan of Tartine Bakery & Cafe in SF.  Nothing novel in this admission - I'm sure I'm not the only person in this city who dreams of those fluffy, buttery croissants or the weekend gougeres that come out of Elisabeth Prueitt's bakery. That said, it's become a veritable nightmare to try and enjoy this spot on weekends, or really at any sane morning hour.  There are throngs of people hanging all over it, lines out the door and down the block, and it's not inconceivable that when you make it to the counter, they're out of the best items.

And so, at long last, I am happy to report that there is a worthwhile pastry alternative in San Francisco.  You can in fact get your pastry fix on without enduring a gauntlet of long lines and crowds. This spot may not have the charm of a french style patisserie, but it offers a more distinctly San Francisco vibe.  It's called Pinkie's Bakery and you absolutely must indulge in their baked goods.  All of them.

The deceptively simple website, slightly sketchy location and somewhat spartan decor at this joint - it's wholesale, a "hipster" bakery if there ever was one - belie a dense menu of rich, buttery, wholesome pastries that will soothe your soul while filling your tummy.

My favorite was their lemon huckleberry poundcake. The gingersnap sammy cookies are also divine. And I'm told their made to order cakes are pretty special too.  Consider one for your next birthday celebration.

And if you need something savory to wash down these baked treasures, here's a double snap - Pinkie's shares a space with Citizen's Band, one of SF's best new brunch spots.  But that's a post for another time . . .

Pinkie's Bakery
1196 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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