Sausalito Bakery & Cafe: A Bay Area Gem
On the waterfront overlooking San Francisco and in the heart of downtown Sausalito, you'll find the Sausalito Bakery and Cafe
. We explored the sights and sounds of this artsy charming city before deciding we needed a break. At first glimpse, this tiny cafe isn't appealing. The decor is minimalist, seating is scarce, and you only have about two feet worth of space between the counter and seating area. My first internal reaction was to turn around and find another place to eat before I was stopped by the chef, greeted warmly, and asked what I'd like to eat. The claustrophobia inside my quickly died and I decided to give this place a shot. It couldn't hurt, right?
Disappointed by Fort Bragg (where I chose to spend my 30th birthday), I had high hopes for good eats here. I chose the Chicken Caesar salad sandwich with a cup of chicken noodle soup. I needed the nourishment from these two items to quell my experience of Fort Bragg and also provide enough warmth to battle the fierce wind and cold in San Francisco where I would be ringing in the new year. Sandwiches run about $7-8 here but be warned - they are cash only and luckily there's an ATM inside.
We scooped out the last remaining seat - a booth by the kitchen and dug in. While waiting for our sandwiches, we enjoyed a luscious summer fruit salad. It was a mixture of ripe cantaloupes, succulent pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, and grapes. Yum! It was the perfect starter for the sandwiches that arrived a short while later. My sandwich arrived a little messy which set me a little on a edge. I was instantly expecting the worst but at first bite was immediately proven wrong and all thoughts of Fort Bragg escaped my head. This sandwich was a masterful creation of crisp romaine lettuce, freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, ripe beefy hot house tomatoes, juicy chicken breakfast, and a unique Caesar salad dressing that wasn't the least bit tangy but rather somewhat sweet and a bit spicy. Might I add, this was all served on a warm fresh French roll. Simply amazing! My chicken noodle soup was pure perfection. While I'm used to flat noodles in my soup, I was surprised to see vermicelli but it work with the chunks of chicken, carrots, onion, and celery. My heart and soul were at one with my meal and it was the perfect way to end the day in Sausalito, celebrate my birthday, and ring in the New Year.
Don't let this tiny bakery and cafe fool you. The owners Joshua and Fariba Azar (Iranian) have poured their hearts into building a legacy and it shows. While seated there lost in my meal, I noticed several locals stop by for casual conversation. Fariba greeted them kindly and was ready with their usual orders.
If you find yourself in the area, don't miss this gem. It's located right across the Golden Gate Bridge in the heart of downtown Sausalito at: 571 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965. If you have stopped by, let me know what you think and if you visit, stop by here and let me know what you thought.
Chicken Caesar Sandwich
Chicken Noodle Soup