If there were ever a bakery that graced my heart with true love, it would be Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Not only does their website have a rap lyric slapped across the home page, but their pastries are so good that I woke up at 6:30am to get there right when it opens and be able to sample everything as fast as it came out of the oven.
The once sketchy (alright, still sketchy) part of the Tenderloin is slowly morphing into a food haven, making the tiny but mighty shop of Mr. Holmes a perfect addition. Pastry chef Ry Stephen, who was previously selling his goods at other local coffeeshops, kills it with his pastries. From the familiar croissants and doughnuts to the pastry cream-filled cruffin and lemon poppyseed cake slices, everything is appealing and delicious.
As somewhat of a croissant snob (blame Paris), I began my breakfast adventure with a chocolate-caramel twice-baked croissant. To me, croissants are best when they shatter with buttery goodness and/or you need a knife and fork to eat them; this croissant met both those aspects. The gluten-free lemon cake slices were also moist and bursting with poppyseed flavor.
The good thing about coming at the crack of dawn is that I had the opportunity sample some test pastries as well, such as chouquettes that the kitchen was playing around with. Studded with pearl sugar, they reminded me exactly of ones I’d eaten in France.
Whether on your way to work or on a weekend morning – or any time really – get yourself to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse and find the perfect carb you seek.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
1042 Larkin Street
Open M-F 7am until sold out; S-S 8am