devil's teeth baking company...i didn't come all the way out here for the beach!
The length's I go to for a bakery! I went aaaallllll the way out to Ocean Beach. For those of you who don't live in San Francisco, Ocean Beach is the side of San Francisco that touches the Pacific Ocean. For the rest of us, it's a super long ride on MUNI's N-Judah line. Could be worse, I could have taken a MUNI bus out there...ugh! But I've made my way out here for the sole purpose of trying Devil's Teeth Baking Company.
The place has been around for a while now, but for whatever reason (laziness!!) I just never got off my bum to get out to it. The place is in small hamlet of an area with a few other shops and restaurants. It is a tiny hole in the wall and if not for the parklet out front, I would have missed it totally. They have an array of baked goods on offer in addition to what some call "the best breakfast sandwich in San Francisco". That's what has drawn out to Devil's Teeth initially as of course I want to weigh in with my judgement on the sandwich. My goal is also to try as many other of their baked goods on offer as my stomach can stand. No comments from the peanut gallery please!
First up is their version of a pop tart. We all know I'm not gonna pass that up. Though theirs is more of an homage to pop-tarts. It is a flaky croissant like dough filled with a mixed berry compote, a sugar glaze and sprinkles(?) on top. The shell is most definitely flaky, so much so it quite literally fell apart like you see in the pic above. Whether I pulled it apart or bit into it, it flaked away. Most of what you taste is the sugar glaze as it was sweeter than a Southern iced tea. Which might have been fine had there been more of the tart berry compote. As is, the filling was more like a fine sheen inside as to being filled like a donut or something. Kind of reminded me of one of those frozen turnovers you get at the grocery store. Sugary sweet and never enough filling.
This is what I came for, hmmm, kind of sounds like a song. Anyway, this is the Special Breakfast: two eggs scrambled with pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, avocado and lemon garlic aioli on their homemade buttermilk biscuit. All for around $7. To say this is a big breakfast sandwich is an understatement. And for the price, it is truly a handful and mouthful.
But as you can see, I managed to get a full bite. At first I was dubious, I mean all those items have a lot of flavor on their own and I wondered if they would be muddied or get lost. Surprisingly, they do not. You can actually taste each of 'em. All together, they blend and compliment each other well. I was also worried about the aioli, but the lemon and garlic are more like an essence when mixed with the avocado and bacon. You can taste them but they are not off putting. The lemon isn't cloying and the garlic isn't overwhelming. The biscuit was also lovely and buttery and held together through every bite. This is very good breakfast sandwich biscuit. Best in the city? Well, I don't like to give that much praise but it is one of the best you can get, even if you have to go all the way out to the beach to get it.
But why stop there! Why not try the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie! After one bite, I think my reaction was more like, "why did I try this peanut butter chocolate chip cookie?!!" It won't all that good. The chocolate chips seemed like an afterthought, like they were put on after the cookie was baked, not folded through the batter while mixing. The cookie was also too crumbly and greasy and fell apart the minute I picked it up. Sadly, this was a cookie that made me want to give up cookies. Almost, I mean, I'm never gonna give up cookies people, get real!
What better way to assuage a crappy cookie than moving on to another baked good! This time, a cinnamon sugar donut muffin. That is what they call it, why not call it a doffin or muffnut? Cutesy names aside, it was definitely a comeback from the cookie. While it is in the shape of a muffin, the dough is more akin to what you will find in an old-fashioned--thick and cake like. It worked really well to satisfy a baked good craving and I'm pretty sure it hits the mark for my hefty dessert fix too. After eating half of it, I took the other half home. I did exactly what you would expect me to, I warmed it up and spread a little butter on it. Yum, yum, yum, it was like a coffee cake and donut all in one. I can't imagine having one of these for breakfast, I'd need a nap after. Well, maybe on my day off then.
That's two really, really good ones and two why didn't I choose something elses. From my standpoint, I think the two really, really good ones outweigh those other things enough to make Devil's Teeth worthwhile, even when you add in the long MUNI ride. Though you know, it is one of those things where it is probably a good idea they are way out there, otherwise I'd be eating the Special Breakfast many mornings and watching my waistline expand quicker than it probably already is. But hey, don't let that stop you! I suggest stopping by on your way to Ocean Beach. That way you can get one and enjoy it while you walk along the beach. You'll be eating and getting exercise at the same time! Sounds like a plan to me. (I'll rationalize anyway I can and so can you!)