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Sinkers and Mud – Fuzzy Comforts for Night Owls at Bob's Donuts

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Oh, doughnut! Whether you be called sinker or soul cake, come in bar shape or circle, you are a grand staple of cheap eating!

Doughnuts are in the upper echelon comfort foods.  It can be cold and unforgiving outside, but for a few minutes you have the sugary embrace of an old pal and its fortifying friend in the coffee cup.

Many are the doughnut shop in this town, but only one is King, and it he is Bob’s.  Keeping boozers, nightcrawlers, sex workers, and cops warm as they stumble in with eyes bleary and shoulders iced for decades now, it is everyone’s favourite beacon on the Polk.

Whether your weaving through alcoholic cobwebs home, embarking on a crack of dawn trip or starting some criminally early job, do yourself a favour and fill up on some cake.

Speaking of cakes, some of the fritters here are the size of one, if you ever wanna skip the sheet cake from Safeway route, when someone’s birthday is around the corner.

Bob’s Donuts and Pastry Shop
1621 Polk Street (btw Clay and Sacramento)
[Polk Gulch/ Russian Hill]

24 Hrs.

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Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inability to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999.
By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for the SF Bay Guardian, Bold Italic and 7x7. He also likes to enjoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.

1 Comment

  1. Melba Peach
    November 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm — Reply

    Oh Steve, another classic! I never knew about Bob’s doughnuts! Am going to have to go there and experience the magic…and guess, I am getting your birthday cake there as well, I presume? Hmmmm?

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