Devil’s Teeth Baking Company: the best of baked goods, the heavyweight champion of cookies and cinnamon buns, and victorious with vegan and vegetarian food. I have no idea why I haven’t written about Devil’s Teeth sooner, given that I have an incessant craving for everything on the menu and that it’s a short proximity from The Wave. The acclaimed baking company is a constantly flocked with locals on Sunday who are willing to wait in long lines for their delicious baked goods, especially the one dollar beignets. Moreover, Devil’s Teeth has gotten a myriad of local press coverage and won over many San Franciscans in popularity polls.
In addition to their heartwarming baked goods, the Devil’s Teethers are staunch community advocates. The baking company donates and supplies food for Lawton Alternative School’s coffee cart, a program to include the students in Special Ed into the school community by selling baked goods and coffee to the teachers and staff of Lawton. Through the coffee cart, the students learn transportation skills by taking the public transit to Devil’s Teeth, communication skills by talking to the workers in the bakery, and business skills to sell the foods. The goal of the coffee cart is to ensure that each student in Special Ed feels accepted and it’s heartwarming to know that this opportunity wouldn’t happen without the help of Devil’s Teeth.
The alluring aroma of scones and bacon filled my senses right when I stepped in. The quaint little bakery has a rustic, yet contemporary theme for their interior and they incorporate that into every piece of decor in the room. Moreover, a large parklet is sprawled in front of the bakery so customers can bask in the rare sunshine while enjoying a treat. All of the staff are extremely helpful and friendly and they also give good insight into what to order. The treats are under five dollars, while the heartier meals are no more than ten dollars and you can definitely taste the quality ingredients in everything they make.
What I love about Devil’s Teeth is that their food is always homemade and fresh but not insanely expensive. The long lines of San Franciscans waiting to get a bite of the treats show how well-valued the bakery is. However, my level of hunger was low and my patience low, so I didn’t go to Devil’s Teeth until the line died down in the middle of the afternoon. I, along with fellow Wavers, Mina and Lily, bought a wide variety of goods because everything was too tempting.
If you think that the McDonald’s bacon, egg, and cheese McMuffin is the best morning sandwich, then you’re in for a major treat. Devil’s Teeth’s delicious breakfast sandwich consists of two fluffy scrambled eggs, melted cheddar cheese, and mouth-watering applewood smoked bacon on their flakey and buttery homemade buttermilk biscuit. Although I was disappointed that they ran out of their biscuits after their Sunday rush, I recuperated after biting into their fresh sourdough bread (baked daily). From my first bite, the trifecta of breakfast foods blended perfectly, while still allowing me to taste the distinctiveness of each ingredient. Moreover, $5.50 is a fair price to pay for such high culinary stimulation.
Okay, I couldn’t help myself. I went to Devil’s Teeth once again two weeks later and bought another breakfast sandwich, but this time with the infamous biscuits. The biscuit is baked into a golden crisp on the outside and a soft and flakey texture on the inside.
It was my first time trying the bacon and cheddar muffin, and I was not disappointed. This muffin reminded me of the green onion and ham buns I would eat throughout my childhood in those beloved Chinese bakeries. Nevertheless, the muffin is decked with many spices and the flavor is nothing I’ve had before, despite its simple bacon and cheese base. I couldn’t finish it because the muffin was surprisingly hearty and my stomach was too full from the breakfast sandwich. At $2.50, it’s a fair price because I could definitely taste all the spices blended together to create a savory harmony.
Now let’s talk about the vegan tamale pie! I was astonished that Devil’s Teeth’s creative way of incorporating the tamale’s corn meal as the pie crust. I was surprised at how much it tasted like a tamale with all the flavors and spices you’d associate with one, but presented in a different context. This unique pie costs $4, but it’s worth every bite. Since the vegan pie lacks the traditional meat in typical tamales, the abundance of corn and beans happily satisfied my appetite.
The latte consisted of a deliciously simple roast made by the Bicycle Coffee Roast and it was a deep, rich flavor. The freshly roasted drink itself isn’t too sweet, but the foam makes it lighter and creamier. The rich blend should give the right amount of energy to start your day.
On a whim, I decided to get the one dollar beignets because I wanted to eat something sweet after devouring the breakfast sandwich and muffin. What I love about Devil’s Teeth’s beignets is that they make them on order, so it is steaming and fresh every time you order it. The pillows of dough are put in a paper bag full of powdered sugar right after they’re done frying. You have to shake up the bag to evenly incorporate the billows of sugar to the pastry. When I took a bite into the beignet, I was enamoured by the fluffiness of the dough and the sweetness of the powdered sugar. The only downside to getting the beignets is that it can be extremely messing. One wrong move and you can end up with a shirt covered in sugar.
What I go to Devil’s Teeth again? Definitely. I highly recommend this place. Even if you’re not one to enjoy sweets and baked goods, there is a still a large variety of other things such as salad, sandwiches, and drinks. The one thing I wholeheartedly want you to try is the breakfast sandwich because once you take a bite into the flaky biscuit, you can never get a variation of the sandwich anywhere else ever again. Just take an hour or two out of your day to grab some Devil’s Teeth and take a walk in the beach. You won’t regret it.