Hey San Francisco Housing fam! I have a question for you. What is your favorite pastry? Is it a donut? Croissant? Muffin? Something creme filled or chocolate glazed? Or something flakey and savory?
If you are drooling already, you are in for a treat, because today we are spotlighting Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in San Francisco! Specifically, their mystical, magical, and oh so mouth watering cruffins!
But first, a follow up question: Would you leave your SF furnished apartment at 7 AM or earlier for a pastry? Think about it, and lets dive in.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is located on 1042 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109, (just a few blocks away from our San Francisco short stay apartments, the Yale and the Adrian in the Tenderloin!). Mr. Holmes offers a wide selection of mouth-wateringly delicious baked goods – everything from the lowly butter croissant to widely innovative variations including the ‘Rest in Peach Croissant’ (filled with Vanilla Pastry Creme, peach jam, oat crumble, and mascarpone whipped ganache), or the Creme Brûlée Danish (smothered in salted caramel, cheesecake filling, and topped with caramel shards).
(Rest in Peach Croissant)
However, Mr. Holmes is particularly known for their incredible rotating pastry flavors, that change daily. Each day two rotating flavors are available, one in the form of a donut and the other in the form of Mr. Holmes’ world-renowned, buttery and sweet, oh-so flakey and oh-so-famous cruffin. For the uninformed, a cruffin is a croissant, shaped and baked like a muffin, filled with a daily-rotating flavor of sweet cream, and finished with a variety of toppings and glazes.
‘Portrait of a Cruffin’, Hannah Reinhard, Oil on Canvas.
Now, I must warn you, this next paragraph may result in an over-production of saliva, intense hunger pains, or the inability to continue reading due to having gone cross-eyed with desire. You have been warned.
Here is a sample of their monthly menu. Right now, for June and July of 2018, cruffin flavors include Horchata Cream, Caramel Chocolate Cream, Guava Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Orange Cream, Maple Malt Cream, and Tropical Curd.
The donut flavors include Strawberry Lemon Verbena, Lavender Mousse, Raspberry Sherbet, Spiced Apricot Jam, Blueberry Lemonade, Blackberry Jam, and Pistachio Whipped Ganache.
Chills. So many chills.
(Sample Menu on Instagram @MrHolmesBakehouse)
Did you black out? Are you drooling? Have you gone into a sugar-induced coma just at the thought of so much deliciousness? Good. Now that I really have your attention, lets talk logistics.
Mr. Holmes opens at 7 AM, but people start lining up well before that. There is a line for the bakery, and a separate line just for cruffin-seekers. The cruffins are unveiled and available for consumption promptly at 9 AM, no earlier, no later. Be warned, Mr. Holmes has been known to run out of the daily cruffin and donuts in just a few hours, often by 10 AM. The flavors are posted on Instagram, so before you go check to make sure the daily delicacy is up your alley – and if not, there is always tomorrow!
Now, if the pastries are not enough for you (I’m just kidding, we all know the pastries are more than enough for you, but bear with me), Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is also a quintessentially Instagrammable San Francisco spot. From their punny and neon pink “I got baked in San Francisco” sign, to their peace-out logo-shaped mirror, to their light pink and gold pastry boxes, to the “Holmes Sweet Holmes” tiled floor mosaic, this place has too many cute photo-ops! Just look at some of these cute snapshots, taken by some of Mr. Holmes’ avid and sugar-spurred cruffin fans!
So cute! So aesthetic! Would look so amazing on your Insta feed!
But anyways, lets get back to what is really important here… the pastries!
Mmmmm mmmm good!
Now, I ask you again: Would you wake up at 7 AM for a pastry?
If its Mr. Holmes… I know I would.
Post made by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.
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