As my range of foraging shrinks, I am discovering new haunts. I’ve bypassed Golden Chariot Bakery & Restaurant at 3308 Balboa on my way to Jook Time often. This time I stopped for a dan tat, coconut bun, and a pineapple bun - all very fresh. At 9:30 am - the tables were mostly filled - it looks like the men’s club of the neighborhood.
The dan tat is smaller than what I recall of the heyday of the Golden Gate Bakery dan tat in Chinatown; not hot from the oven, the crust is flaky and the custard is smooth - just rich enough to be satisfyingly delicious and not overly sweet. I think it’s a winner and there is no line/no wait. Their red bean paste bun is my next ‘to taste’…also, the sponge cake.
There are similar enclaves of gentlemen at Lung Fung Bakery, where I shop for baked char siu bao at 1823 Clement Street.
Cafe Bakery is on the other side of town at 1365 Noriega - another destination for the baked pork bun and dan tats.
Would a Bakery thread be helpful?