I was thrilled to find Bay Bread. As mentioned by Chowhounds on earlier threads, this French bakery's products are on par with high quality bakeries in France. The update on their new location (Cole Valley - former Tassajara Bakery store)is that opening is scheduled for the beginning to mid October.
How many pastries can one Chowhound consume in half an hour? 1. Cannele - small crown shaped pastry from the Bordeaux (southwest) region of France. Baked in a special mold, it is custardy inside and carmel like outside. These are so popular that my French friends bring them back from France. 2. almond croissant - it looked a little too small and dense. I'm used to the fluffy, big croissants ready to compete in the olympics (typical American perspective). Shaking this opinion off, I ordered, I bit. Didn't walk back to the car and drive home to dine at a table. Civilization can wait. Tons of slivered almonds on top (like you'd make at home)and a flavorful almond paste. The paste was not thick like marzipan. Joy! 3. Pear brioche tart - Artfully sliced and arranged pear slices on top of brioche dough. You taste the pears without being overwhelmed with sugar.
Bay Bread had other wonderful looking breads and pastries (especially Tart Tartin, Goat cheese and fig tart), which will warrant many more visits. Current locations are 2310 Polk Street and 2325 Pine Street.