The Five Best Breads in San Francisco

Categories: Top Five
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Jonathan Kauffman
Tartine's sesame bread.
1. Sesame bread from Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero, 487-2600.

Chad Robertson's artisanal breads, which come out of the oven Tuesday through Sunday at 5 p.m. and are usually reserved days ahead, are some of the finest on the West Coast, if not the country. Naturally leavened, they have a faint, stinging tartness, just enough to set the deeper, grassier flavors of the bread in relief. The edges shatter and flake every time you press them, and the interior of the loaf is so filled with holes that you wonder why it doesn't deflate. And while SFoodie would eat any of Tartine's breads anytime, the sesame bread -- roasted seeds clinging to the edges of the bubbles -- is so nutty and distinctive that we can't pass the bakery without pulling out our phones to calendar a bread run.
Runners up: Outerlands' sandwich bread, the walnut levain from Pinkie's Bakery, Liguria Bakery's foccacia, and Della Fattoria's pain de campagne. 

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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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