Last weekend my friend introduced me Neighbor Bakehouse, in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. We met up at her place and walked over. Let me preface this by saying that I had never heard of it before and had zero expectations about where we were going.
It’s small. No seating inside. You can see that there’s an outside-facing coffee window (for order pickup). There’s a little seating area out front with a couple of picnic tables and benches.
Here’s the inside. We arrived at the perfect time because there was no one in line and no one behind us which allowed me to take these photos, yay! Well, I still was like, whatever, it’s just another hipster coffee shop with pastries and subway tiles, meeeh…
They serve De la Paz coffee.
…I started reading the pastry signs. OMG. WTH kind of place is this?!! This is NO ORDINARY bakery.
Some options included:
- Bostock with almond frangipani (not sure what this is but it sounds good)
- Chocolate Claw
- Pistachio Blackberry Twice-baked Croissant (whaaaaat)
- Ginger Pull-apart
- Butter Croissant
- Coffee Spice Cake
- Hazelnut Brown Butter Cake
- Ham and Cheese Morning bun (almost got this one)
- Everything Croissant
- Mushroom Tart
- Veggie Tart (veg and goat cheese)
- Sauerkraut smoked cheddar peppadew tart
I was emotionally taken by the diversity of these offerings and naturally chose the more obscure one – the SAUERKRAUT TART. OMFG. Really?! Sauerkraut in a pastry?! This cannot be…
Here’s the beautiful creation on a plate, still inside, just after I paid. You an see some pepper bits peeking out and cheese baked in the dough, and it’s sprinkled on top with sesame seeds.
Here’s a shot taken from the coffee window while I was waiting for my latte.
Very nice latte foam art!
We got a spot at one of the picnic tables. Here’s the tart again. It is so beautiful and intricately made, I really appreciate the attention to detail. Definitely makes it worth every cent of $3.50.
The first bite was mostly just pastry, didn’t reach the sauerkraut yet. The outside was crispy, flakey and buttery with a hint of cheese and a little tiny essence of the sesame seeds. The inside was softer than the outside, and I could tell it was going to be great. At this point I couldn’t tell if the sauerkraut was going to be mixed in the dough or the actual filling…
But then it happened (see below). The inside is sauerkraut. It’s definitely tangy sauerkraut, but for some really weird reason it goes perfectly with the outside.
I was very impressed by these fancy pastries and decided to buy an assortment to take to my friend’s baby shower.
Here’s one of everything they got in one box!
The everything croissant looks soooo good…. will have to try that next time.
Neighbor Bakehouse next time you’re in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, it is unique, freaking awesome, and I can’t wait to go back!
Have you been there? What’s your favorite thing?
2343 3rd Street Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94107