San Francisco is filled with maple treats, pumpkin muffins, and so many more fall delights worth seeing your ketone levels drop.
Pumpkin spice gets all the spotlight this time of year — or at least it feels that way in crescent years. And this isn’t a bash against the autumnal spice; we’ll drink PSLs until we’re orange in the face.
This considered, there are so many other flavors to tickle your tastebuds with this time of year. Maples and toasted nuts afford a specific coziness; ginger warms both the belly and brain; cinnamon is at the forefront of our minds.
Fortunately for us in San Francisco, there’s no shortage of places to indulge in all the aforenoted tastes. Here are our favorite fall treats in SF for 2022 that are absolutely worth breaking ketosis for.
The French Spot’s pies and pumpkin muffins
Y’all know we *love* this lil’ Lower Nob Hill Bakery; we recently dedicated an entire article to signal boost what we believe is the best new(ish) bakery in SF. Coming up to Thanksgiving, the weekend pop-up is offering 9” pies — apple, pumpkin, pecan, and more — ahead of the feasting holiday. Sans sliceable desserts, The French Spot recently brought back its luscious pumpkin muffin, which is *maybe* even worth ordering over their phenomenal croissants. More info.
Rize Up’s cinnamon loaves
Rize Up makes (arguably) among the best bread anywhere in the Bay Area. (I mean… how many ube-flavored, purple bread loaves are out there?) For the holiday season, do yourself — and those you love — a favor and pick up cinnamon spice pan loaf bread; if and when it gets stale, it would make for a great foundation for good French toast. More info.
Neighbor Bakehouse’s version of monkeybreads
Neighbor Bakehouse (NB) has the IG food content game on lock; you’d be hard-pressed to find a more drool-worthy grid on the social media platform. NB offers a kaleidoscope of creative eats (think pandan coconut caramel corn and furikake Chex Mix), and you, truly, can’t go wrong with any of their offerings. However, for a seasonal indulgence, their ginger pull-apart bread, which is basically their version of monkeybreads, is a must-consume. More info.
Le Marais’ banana bread and morning buns
Quiches, clubs, paninis — oh my! The headlined eatery gets a lot of hype for its savory options, though the same can (and should) be synonymous with its sweeter options. Autumnal pastries like morning buns and banana bread are found here… and among the best, we’ve ever tried; the banana bread, for example, features an olive oil loaf — which is why it’s moist as-all-fuck. More info.
Breadbelly’s pineapple macadamia tarts
Breadbelly never disappoints. And the same sentiment stands re: their seasonal delights. Its pineapple macadamia tart — “salted muscovado caramel, toasted macadamia, candied pineapple, candied yuzu zest” — is a morsel worth sharing, as it serves between two and four humans. More info.
Feature image: Instagram via [at]neighborbakehouse