Best Place to Feel Positively Gallic - 2001
La Boulange de Polk
We know a couple who prepared for a move to Paris by coming to this bakery every morning for three months straight. La Boulange is an acclimating bit of la Rive Gauche on the slopes of Russian Hill, complete with surrounding Old Country accents (every French national in town seems to end up here) and sun-dappled sidewalk tables ideal for café-sipping and girl-watching. The tarts, brioches, croissants, and quiches are matched in quality only by the stuff at Boulangerie, the bakery's sister outlet at Fillmore and Pine, and the simple, sublime sandwiches of butter and ham on freshly baked baguette will Proust you into a reverie about that little zinc-topped bar à vin in the Fourth Arrondissement.