(note: this got started many months ago and I just got around to finishing it)
Brownie Quest 2005
So a few days ago I was watching the Benadryl Brownie episode of the show Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 3). They made the brownies look so darn good, that I just had to have one. I placed a few desperate calls asking where a person could find a decent brownie on the peninsula at around 8pm on a Saturday. I found one I liked at the San Bruno 7-11 on San Bruno Ave. at highway 280.
Then I got the idea to ask the expert opinion of the people of the internet.
I posted the same question on a few of my favorite online spots.
I rarely ever eat brownies but I was watching that show where larry david's manager's wife made some really great brownies and it made me want to know what an insanely good brownie tastes like.
Can someone tell me where the best brownies in san francisco can be found?
There were too many to post all of them, but here is a sample
from SF Eats live journal community
im now zoe said
I'm not sure if they're the best, but http://www.specialtys.com/ is pretty darn good and often crowded in the afternoon when all of us are looking for a sugar/caffeine fix.
expensive brownies but extremely rich.
While this is sort of cheating, what's quite possibly the best brownie you can get with SF Bay Area *chocolate* is from this recipe on Scharffen Berger's web site:
Robert's Favorite Fudgy Brownies
They sometimes have these available at the SB factory in Berkeley, too.
Not that these are gourmet by any means (cheap though), my boyfriend's a big fan of Albertson's brownies, which they get from Sugar Bowl Bakery. They're $7.99 for a big container, but it works out to 25 cents per smallish brownie.
from Chowhounds SF Bay Area Message Board
I recently did a side-by-side comparison of brownies at the Ferry Plaza: Recchiuti, Scharffenberger, and Lulu Petite. I surprised myself by choosing Lulu Petite's excellent brownie with fig and cherry jam (no, it's not too sweet) over my old favorite, Recchiuti. But it was close, and I continue to buy Recchiuti's brownies at least as often as Lulu's.
Hurricane 510 said
Not sure how they stack up against the brownies from SF's top-notch bakers, but Andronico's "Adult Brownies" are pretty darn good (provided they're fresh, which is usually the case). They're also made with Scharffen Berger dark chocolate and very rich batter.
At the very least, they've got to be the best you can find at a grocery store.
Tartine brownies are mighty fine. They use Sharfenberger Chocolate. I like the ones without nuts, but they sell both.
From the Pantera message board
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Texas born said
gosh's mom makes good after sex brownies.
best brownies i've ever had are from Jacksons. anyone from england will have heard of them surely.
You should make your own brownies.
They are simple.
The best brownies are the ones you make yourself. Esspecially if you're like me and add weed to them.
brownie obsession from TGI Fridays could possibly be the best thing i've ever eaten
from Grandaddy Talkscape message board
I just made a batch of Ghiradelli double chocolate brownies and ate a couple fresh and hot out of the oven. Mmmmmmmmm...
I know you live pretty close to me TJ, but can you actually smell my kitchen from your place or something?
Kid A said
Witheringurl makes the Best Brownies ask anyone who went to Coachella this year...
from the Silver Jews message board
Karl from California said
didn't she use benadryl?
To my surprise, the several brownies I got at various San Bruno area 7-11s were pretty darn good. I think 7-11 is trying really hard to compete in the donut market and this somehow translated over to having decent brownies. If it wasnt for the weird sugary lattice thing on the top it would have blown my mind. Cant remember the price, but it was cheap.
Rolling Pin Donuts
San Bruno Ave.
San Bruno, CA
Ok this place has some great donut creations including the miniature French crueler éclair things, but their brownies were bad. It was just an ultra- sugary moist ultra frosting chocolate cake thing with some nuts.
18th and Gurerro, SF
This trendy bakery café is usually crowded. It can be hard to find parking, but its worth walking 3 miles to get to. I went in there and they were playing American Analog Set on the stereo. Their brownies are made with Scharffenberger chocolate for that magic taste. They are available individually wrapped or in a pack of 3, nuts or no nuts. cakey, consistent texture, all the same size, $2.75 each is big bucks, but worth it.
Gosh, I understand now why they are called Adult Brownies. If a little kid ever tried to eat one of these fudgy, rich , chocolate-packed, dense brownies they would probably go insane or just go into a coma. There was so much chocolate in mine, it took days to eat it.
$4.99 a pound, individually wrapped at different sizes.
I might try it again someday, when Im grown up enough.
Specialtys café and bakery
There are many locations but I went to the one built into an office building in an office park in South San Francisco. This was the first true chewy brownie I had tried. It was pretty good.
Whole Foods Markets
I got my first Whole Foods brownie in Sebastapol. It was good in a different way. I cant put my finger on it. Its like there were subliminal mint leaves in it or something. I later tried the brownies at the San Mateo Whole foods and they were just as good. Best grocery store brownie. $1.50?
Ferry Building, SF
This place is fancy-schmancy. Their brownies were ok. Very rich. Fanciest packaging.
I think the brownies were $2.50 each.
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker
Ferry Building, SF
I dont know where they get their brownies because the shop is too small to contain a bakery. This little chocolate shop in the Ferry Building sells my favorite brand of chocolate but I was skeptical about the baked goods. How fresh could they be? I got a brownie and it actually was fresh and damn good too. It had that signature Scharffenberger dark chocolate taste. The texture struck a balance between cake and fudge.
Diandas Italian American Pastry Co
117 Crystal Springs Shopping Center
San Mateo, CA
This place has some good pastries all right. They had the best frosting covered brownie so far.
Most of the brownies were really good. Tartine probably had my favorite, but when I think of what I imagined the brownies to taste like on that tv show, the ones from Whole Foods seems to match up the best.