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Located in the Tender-Nob, the bakery is small and can be hard to find, but the crowds and lines of people standing outside are a dead giveaway to its location.
Aside from the Cruffin, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse offers a variety of pastries, such as danishes, croissants, breads, cookies, scones, and muffins. Many of the pastries come in classic flavors, like pear danishes and chocolate croissants, but the bakery also introduces new flavors and pastries daily, such as the White Chocolate Blueberry Brioche bomb (my favorite!) and savory danishes.
Everyday, Mr. Holmes has a different flavor of donuts and Cruffins, which are announced on their Instagram account every week. Donut flavors range from fruity fillings like Passion Fruit and Strawberry, to more decadent flavors like Peppermint Mocha or Chai Tea.
The Cruffins, however, are the main reason anyone goes to Mr. Holmes. Released at 9AM daily, the Cruffin is one of the most sought-after foods by San Francisco foodies and tourists, and are guaranteed to run out within a short time. To obtain a Cruffin, one must line up outside the shop before 9AM, sometimes for up to an hour and a half.
While lining up this early for a Cruffin seems like an absurd waste of time, it’s totally worth it on the rare occasion! The Cruffin is essentially the product of a croissant mated with a muffin – the center is filled with the cream flavor of the day, and topped with a small garnish, such as a fruit slice or a tiny cookie.
I went last weekend for the Gingersnap Cruffin – a holiday flavor, and it was worth every minute in line (which was short that day, luckily). The Gingersnap cream made an incredible gooey center, and the Cruffin pulled apart like a softer kind of croissant, not as flaky and more flavorful. It’s like nothing I’ve ever had before, and I can understand why people wait for hours for this amazing, sweet pastry.
The shop itself is an Instagram celebrity, with foodies around the world posting Cruffins and photos of themselves in front of the “I Got Baked in San Francisco” sign, their clever slogan that can only be found here. Of course, it had to be done.
Tartine Bakery, named “Best Bakery in San Francisco,” has a lot of competition because of Mr. Holmes’ rich flavors and famous pastries. While Mr. Holmes is sweeter and has more dessert-like pastries, no one can deny that the Cruffin is one of the best baked goods they’ve ever had. Next time you’re up early on a Saturday morning, I would highly recommend sucking up waiting in the Cruffin line – you won’t regret it!
1042 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109