Feature :: Craftsman and Wolves


The interior of Craftsman & Wolves.

I had some time to waste the other day, so I popped into Craftsman & Wolves in the Mission. This “contemporary pâtisserie” (their description, not mine; meaning a French bakery that serves pastries and sweets. Though they do much more than that) has been sitting patiently on my To Eat/Check Out List ever since I heard about their “Rebel Within,” a savory muffin with a deliciously runny poached egg INSIDE the muffin. Pure food magic. They also edged out Tartine in this year’s 7×7 Eat + Drink Awards (for Best Desserts), so you know it’s gotta be good.

Unfortunately for my mouth and stomach, though, I had just eaten lunch so wasn’t hungry enough to try any of their tasty treats. I settled for an earl grey latte, which sounds like the most boring drink you could ever order, right? SO wrong. It was creamy and flavorful and warm and comforting in all the right ways. Plus a beautiful presentation, which I garner is sort of Craftsman & Wolves’ thing.

Anyway, there is much more to the place than an earl grey latte, but the fact that they did something so boring and simple so well bodes excellently for their food. Plus, it’s a beautiful space to hang out. You can post up inside at one of the wooden bars lining the walls, the intimate tables conveniently placed by thrown-open windows facing Valencia or at a low-seated communal table. Or just take a seat outside, enjoy your drink or snack and pretend you’re on the streets of Paris.

Craftsman & Wolves // 746 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California 94110 // Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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