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best bakeries in san francisco series: Pinkie’s

pinkie's bakery, SF

pinkie's bakery, SF

I don’t know what it is but there’s been a wave of new bakeries this year and  they’re good, real good. Many are in and around SOMA. And, many of them seem to be run by women with tattoos. I think that’s hot.

Pinkie’s Bakery is a powerhouse. I think these may just be the best cupcakes you’ll find in this cupcake-saturated town. The cake has a nice, firm edge, which I like. It gives the cake structure and provides nuance as the flavor and texture gives way to the moist cake center. The frosting strikes a masterful balance between butter and sweet. And the women who serve them are hot.

The cookies are equally fantastic. The chocolate chip will blow your mind, sort of a medium size cookie that is on the thick side, allowing that soft, dense and moist center with the crisp edge that I enjoy so much. Lots of chips, redolent of brown butter.

baked goods at Pinkie's Bakery, SF

baked goods at Pinkie's Bakery, SF

But don’t limit yourself to the cupcakes and cookies, here. Their morning breads are pretty amazing. I’ve never seen, nor tasted, a bear claw so good. The weight of it!  There’s a nice density and substance when you bite into it. This is what real, organic flour and butter do for food; this is why I’ve forsworn supermarket bakeries. This is the reason.

bear claw at Pinkie's Bakery, SF

bear claw at Pinkie's Bakery, SF

Next, I want to try their fresh-baked breads. . .

And strangely, I want to get a tattoo. Would that make me a better home baker?

Pinkie’s Bakery

1196 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 556-4900
neighborhood, SOMA
Mon-Wed 8 am – 3 pm

Thu-Fri 8 am – 4 pm

Sat 9:30 am – 4 pm


7 responses

  1. qinnoe

    Oh I like the idea of you getting a tattoo!

    August 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

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  7. That bear claw photo was superb. If the claw itself is half as delicious…….well.

    December 17, 2010 at 7:18 pm

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