The Five Best Breads in San Francisco

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Acme baguettes.
Back in the 1980s, the Bay Area led the renaissance of artisanal baking, and you can still sense that depth of experience in every complimentary bread plate, every $8 sandwich, and every grocery store in San Francisco. We take good bread for granted, no longer pausing to tear open each fresh slice to meditate on the lacy inner crumb or savor the way the crust cracks each time we torque it. 

Here are SFoodie's five favorite loaves:

5. Baguettes from Acme Bread Company. One Ferry Building, 288-2978, San Francisco, as well as grocery stores around the city.

Being seen with a baguette sticking out of your shopping bag is no longer quite as chic as it was at the height of San Francisco's francophilia, but Steven Sullivan's classic sweet baguettes are still the standard. For as airy and white as the crumb is, its flavor is wheaty enough -- real enough -- to remind you Acme switched to organic flour before other commercial bakeries. Acme's baguettes are designed to be ripped apart and smeared through the remains of some long-cooked daube, or sliced lengthwise to stuff with ripe tomatoes and Saint Marcellin cheese. It's impossible to make it home without breaking off the heel of the baguette to snack on; the crunchiest, darkest knob rarely even makes it out of the store.

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Acme Bread Co.

One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA

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SecondServing
SecondServing

We tried this sesame bread a couple days good, right out the oven..and it did not disappoint.  Toasty and moist all night long, it was the best bread we've every had.  Definitely worth the wait for this loaf of heaven.  

atomica
atomica

Have you had the baguette at Thorough Bread????  That is by a mile my #1 SF bread.

Joe
Joe

What does "naturally leavened" mean in the context of the Tartine sesame bread? Isn't bread usually naturally leavened with yeast or baking soda? 

Knead's brioche is absolutely luscious!

aaron
aaron

naturally leavened means that is uses yeast from the air. That is, without any commericial yeast. It's part of what makes bread special in each city.

Erin
Erin

Ironically it is also National Celiac Awareness day. 

I would add Morell's wood fire brick oven bread from Marin. Available at Berkeley Farmers Market Thursday and Saturday's. 

Joe
Joe

The article does focus on San Francisco, not Marin or Berkeley.

Bruce
Bruce

These Top 5 lists are always awful. Not only is it easy to think of better options left out, its easy to choose which Top 5 choice should be eliminated instead. 

No Arizmendi this time? Josie Baker? Bakers of Paris? Outerlands deserves more than runner up. Acme is ok, but nowhere close to the Top 5 in SF. 

Focaccia IS Bread
Focaccia IS Bread

No Liguria Bakery focaccia?  Please explain how either focaccia is not bread or how you made this terrible oversight. 

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