Town’s End Restaurant and Bakery
Complimentary Pastry Basket – Peach and Banana Nut Muffins, Raisin Scone, Strawberry Jam
French Toast Sampler with Egg, Whole Wheat, Raisin Walnut Bread
Exiting Bonjour Patisserie and turning right it was in the warm morning sun that I walked on Townsend towards the Embarcadero and literally reaching the end of Townsend I found my destination – the appropriately titled Town’s End. Clearly a clever bunch and offering a menu with plenty I figured to fancy it was to a surprisingly long, multiple-leveled dining room that I arrived and with only a few patrons present amidst a sea of white tablecloths I was given my choice of seats, a cozy two-top toward the back but overlooking the front my eventual choice. Oft cited for their complimentary basket of miniature pastries to start it was within a matter of seconds that a quartet in three flavors arrived but with only the peach muffin trumping a typical hotel’s continental options I felt a little underwhelmed – a trend only to continue as proper plates arrived. Slow but smiling in service, a leisurely place to linger for some, it was after nearly twenty-five minutes that my order landed on the table and with a cheery “enjoy” from my waitress I tried my best – the polenta underportioned for the price but nicely prepared while homemade breads dipped in batter came off as eggy and dry – a combination done no favors by the lackluster ‘syrup’ that only further made three different breads taste no better than that from Wonder.
RECOMMENDED: Peach Muffin
AVOID: French Toast.
TIP: For those in a hurry there is a small bakery counter up front, the mini-muffins at 40-cents seemingly a safe option for those on the run.