For our last day on our recent trip to San Francisco, we headed back to the Mission District where we’d already spent a bit of time…but not enough.
The Mission District gets its name from the Mission Dolores, one of the original California Mission Churches. The Old Mission or Misión San Francisco de Asís was founded in 1776 and was also known as Mission Dolores due to the presence of a nearby creek called Arroyo de los Dolores.
Holy Bread of a Different Kind
Having heard about Tartine which reportedly makes best loaf of bread in the world we thought we’d try our luck at coffee and a pastry for breakfast. Given the line up which extended a block from the entrance they must be doing something right. Patience not being my biggest virtue we decided to move on and try it later. We did manage a lovely biscuit later in the afternoon. Not bad. I can’t speak for the bread but by all reports it’s amazing and sells out within 45 minutes of 5pm when it hits the shelves each day.
We did a bit of a drive-by on Delfina which seemed to be the talk of the town. All weekend, anyone we asked recommended it as a great place to eat. There is a main restaurant as well a more casual pizzeria. Again – big line up waiting for the Pizzeria to open for lunch. It looked great but we were too hungry to wait.
Down the street is Farina, an Italian bistro, specializing in pizza and pasta. We were there for breakfast so didn’t get to taste the latter but really enjoyed the floor show in the open kitchen where pizza dough was tossed and rolled before being slipped into a forno style oven. Another chef hand rolled pasta and made what appeared to be squash tortellini.
Later we walked around the Mission to take in the atmosphere and check out the murals which are very prevalent in this area. Some of the more elaborate ones, like the Maestrapeace Mural which covers the Women’s Building, feature incredible detail.
We would have been very happy to spend the entire weekend here. Such a lively neighbourhood with plenty of options for food and a great atmosphere. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip to San Francisco.
Delfina, 3621 18th Street
Farina, 3560 18th Street
Mission Dolores, 3321 16th Street
Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero Street (at 18th)