The Five Best Breads in San Francisco

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Jonathan Kauffman
Destination Baking's challah.
3. Challah from Destination Baking Co., 598 Chenery (at Castro), 469-0730.

Although its challah is not kosher, Glen Park's tiny Destination Baking Co. produces a few loaves every Friday that are worth sneaking out of work at lunch to find. The loaf seems to be formed by sticking giant bubbles together, and the glossy, lumpy surface is covered in sesame or poppy seeds. Each swell is produced by a skein of gold dough -- baker Joe Schuver doesn't stint on the egg yolks -- and when you cut into the loaf, each slice is marked with the swirling grain of intertwined skeins. The challah is as tender as a soft white wheat dough, but is nowhere near as bland. As you're toasting slices for Saturday breakfast, the aroma of eggs and butter soon fills the room.

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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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