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January 07, 2010



Lotta's on Polk is really good. Try their Princess Cake and their version of a San Francisco classic, Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake.

I also really like Destination Baking Co. on Chenery in the Glen Park neighborhood (easily reachable via Bart.) Their fruit tarts are fabulous -- my favorite is the cornmeal crusted mini apple tart.

Also, for great breads try Thorough Bread and Pastry on Church (reachable via the Muni streetcars K,L,M, T and F.) These products are baked at the San Francisco Baking Institute ( in South San Francisco, a school that has trained and helped many, many fine San Francisco bakers. Their baguettes and ciabatta are both superb as are their croissants.

Bakery Fan

Frog Hollow
Mission Pie
Destination Baking Co.
Arizmendi Bakery
San Francisco Baking Institute

SF guy

Cafe 15, a great affordable cafe with absolutely top-notch ingredients.

Tara's Ice Cream on the Berkeley/Oakland border makes great and unusual ice cream.

Lush Gelato, on Piedmont Ave. Best gelato I've ever had.

Brown Sugar Kitchen does a great job with sophisticated soul food.

Tina aka Beanie

Don't miss Irish coffee at the Buena's a must go!
I loved my two trips to San Fran. I spent a week at the Fairmont the first time and it was fantastic!


You have to pop by the Ferry Market building - it really is a foodie destination.

The best breakfast we've had in SF is at Dottie's True Blue Cafe. Be sure to egt there EARLY if you want a table.

Tom McMillen-Oakley

Cha Cha Cha, we went there after getting married last year, great place.


For Ice Cream, try the Bi-Rite Creamery on 18th near Dolores Park. The Salted Caramel is the BEST or Mitchells in the Outer Mission.
OSHA Thai is great - a few locations in the city.
My favorite place in the Castro is the Sausage Factory. It's been around forever and has great, rustic Italian food. No pretense at all. Great service and staff.
If your in the Castro and want a glass of wine, stop by Swirl and see the owner, Jerry. Great guy!

Enjoy your trip up!


Hope you had a great time in SF. I'm heading up there myself in a few weeks for a conference. Care to share any places that you liked?

Happy New Year btw to you, the hubby and baby! :)

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