San Francisco: Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop

I've passed by Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop many, many times on my way to the MUNI stop and have always wondered about the little Asian lady working inside.  Is she the owner?  Who is Bob?  I finally had a chance to investigate further when AF and I dropped by after Swan Oyster Depot:

Okay, so maybe there was a tiny debate over the wisdom of going in there when we had two other food places planned for the evening.  But that was quickly resolved when we saw the array of donuts in the window:

Since we couldn't make a decision, we hung back until everyone else in the shop bought their donuts and left before approaching the counter and asking the little Asian lady behind it what she would recommend.

Basically, she said that everything was good.  Ooookay...well that certainly made things easier for us...

When one of the donuts we'd been eyeing was identified was a yeast donut with crumb cake topping, we instantly knew what our first purchase would be:

So pillowy and dreamy:

All the cake donuts are supposed to be quite popular, so we randomly picked the one with maple glaze:

You can never go wrong with maple.  Dense without being dry and not at all overly sweet as maple donuts often can be.  Perfect.

It turns out that the little Asian lady isn't Bob.  She's just an employee.  And get this...I forgot where she said she grew up, but she speaks Portuguese!  So many surprises at Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop.  Definitely worth a trip back.

Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop
1621 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 776-3141


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