A friend was visiting from NYC yesterday. We are both avid walkers, and walked all over downtown, the Financial District, North Beach, Chinatown, Union Square, etc. He visits maybe every three months, has friends all over the City, and loves to explore. At one point on our jaunt, he declared, "You just can't get a corn muffin in San Francisco." I asked what he meant. He said walk in to any bakery, any deli, etc., and you won't find a corn muffin. And apparently he's tried, since he loves corn muffins. Once he and a friend walked all over, walking into every bakery they came upon, and none had a corn muffin. The last one they tried dismissively said, "No, we only have regular ones." So as we walked along, I became obsessed with looking in windows in search of the prize. The closest we came was Cafe Honolulu on Stockton Street (a place I love if only for the glorious ceiling). We asked for corn muffins. She looked all through the display cases and warming oven and said, "I guess we're out." I pointed to what looked very much like a corn muffin in the window, and she said it was coconut.
Granted, I was only alerted to this yesterday, and I haven't made a thorough study of it. And it's entirely possible that the City's bakeries are rife with corn muffins, but he keeps stumbling into the wrong ones. Still, it would be delightful to be able to steer him towards a corn muffin next time he visits. So, can anyone point me towards a place that serves them? I don't mean a sit-down restaurant, I mean a bakery, a cafe, a deli, etc. Preferably someplace in San Francisco that we might encounter on our wanderings. Downtown (from the water to Civic Center), Hayes Valley, the Castro, Noe Valley, the Mission, places like that. Sorry if this seems silly and trivial, but it's really stuck in my mind now. Thanks in advance for any direction.
P.S. I asked him if he preferred southern-style unsweetened or northern-style sweetened. He said he didn't care.