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Weekend Bakeries – Ladyfingers, Brioche & Justa Bite (Asian?)

Krys | Mar 7, 2005 11:33 PM

The hot cross bun eluded me this weekend.


Stopped by Ladyfingers and they only make hot cross buns during the week. It seems Saturday is not the day to visit this bakery. There was no baking going on and what was being sold was looking a little tired. No quiche on Saturday either. I bought a pizza roll and for the price ($1.69) it was a good value. Not the best I’ve had, not the worst.


I stopped by Brioche Bakery. They make hot cross buns closer to Easter. They are very generous on the samples. I liked their version of the morning bun. It was almost a cross between a sticky bun and a morning bun. The outside was pleasantly crispy while the inside was brown sugar and buttery. I liked the dinner roll and olive roll. The croissant was pleasantly buttery, but the outside was not crisp. Masse’s is still my top choice to date for the croissant. I’m not a brioche fan, but they do a nice version. It would be pleasant to have on a Sunday morning with some jam.

From the samples I had while waiting, I thought … well, nice for a farmer’s market bakery, but if Acme opened a shop next door they would be gone in a blink. However, I changed my mind after sampling the baked goods I took home. If I worked or lived in the neighborhood, I’d be a regular. I think their strength is the breads and rolls.

Good quiche but not my favorite. The filling with mushroom and asparagus was good and nicely browned on top, but the crust was a little to doughy and didn’t flake up when reheated. All my quiche evaluations are based on eating it the next day. Warm from the oven might be a different story.

I asked about the hours. I said they didn’t seem to open very early. I was told they were looking for morning help and were planning to open at 6:30. It seems for the last week they have opened at 7:30. The owner said that they are still in the process of moving in and getting organized.

They also might make Irish Soda bread. They made it for the Farmer’s Market last year. Has anyone tried it? The owner wasn’t sure if in an Italian neighborhood anyone would be interested in Irish Soda Bread.

I think they fill a nice niche in that neighborhood.

JUSTA BITE – Asian/French Bakery?

While getting my Graffeo, I stopped in for a brewed cup of Graffeo at the new bakery next door, Justa Bite. Kim Le, the pastry chef, partnered with her brothers Hun and Derek to open this shop.

From a web page

“Our mission is to provide high quality, bite-size desserts and pastries infused with oriental ingredients to our valued customers with excellent personal services.”

They have those nice little mousse cakes like at Ladyfingers. Better yet, they have individual sized cakes (a big serving for one and probably best split by two). I like small sized desserts where I don’t have to make a major commitment.

When I asked about the cakes, probably Derek or Hun, mentioned that their specialty was the éclairs and lemon tarts. They have some lovely looking miniature éclairs. Unfortunately, I had just stopped at Brioche Bakery and had my Sunday brunch quota. I might buy my Easter cake here though since I like the small sized cake. They also sell Polly Ann ice cream.

The web site says they make wedding cakes, special occasion cakes, party platters and dessert platters.

They are in the spot next to Graffeo that was previously occupied by donut shops. Thanks for the tip about this Gary Soup. I DO remember tips in the back of my mind. Has anyone tried this place for pastry or sandwiches?

The web site is below, but it is pretty much still under construction except for the Home page, About Us and Contact section.

Justa Bite

725 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tel: 415-986-1186

Mon-Thu 7-7pm
Fri-Sat 7-8pm
Sun 8pm-5pm

It was too late in the day to scout out Victoria Bakery’s hot cross buns.

Link: http://www.justa-bite.com/index.html

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