If fine French pastries and quiet, tucked away patios are on your “yes” list, check out our new favorite spot which happens also to be just a short walk from San Francisco’s newest and most tricked-out playground (aka Dolores Park). No, I’m not talking Tartine — excellent but the lines are soooo not kid-friendly. I’m talking about Thorough Bread & Pastry, which is part of the San Francisco Baking Institute. They’ve got fantastic sweet and savory pastries, you can watch the bakers in action behind the counter, and a sunny patio where you can linger and the kids can wiggle.
If you come, you absolutely HAVE to order the almond croissant which is one of the best things I’ve eaten this year. The texture and flavor are sublime. My littlest one loves the gougeres which I realize might just be the perfect toddler snack food. Yes, the name seems kind of fancy but it’s just a small cheesy puff — easy to hold, not crumbly or sticky….. and cheesy, but not too cheesy. And they’ve got us sticky bun lovers covered too.
Once your tummy is full of delicious pastries, you can run off all those calories when you wander over to Dolores Park for amazing city views, super long slides, artful play structures and the most excellent hipster watching ev-uh!