Boudin SF just opened its newest San Diego branch in the Balboa Mesa complex (also home to the future 85ºC Bakery and Chicken Charlie’s). The bakery, originally from San Francisco, is known for their sourdough bread and sculpted bread creations. The cafe location also serve a variety of sandwiches, salads, and soups.
The official grand opening is set for October 2, but they are currently operating through a soft opening and training.
Through their Facebook page, I learned that they were inviting the public to dine for free during their soft opening, with the encouragement that guests would donate to local San Diego charity, Promises2Kids. We signed up to attend of one of the sessions this weekend.
Once inside, we got to choose one entree and one dessert.
Guests were also allowed to take home a loaf of fresh baked bread or one of their adorable turtle breads. Guess which one I chose?
Clam Chowder in a Sourdough bowl
Of course I had to order this signature dish. I normally am not a huge fan of sourdough bread, but the hunk of sourdough bread was so fluffy and fresh, and it paired well with the thick chowder. This is probably our favorite item to get at Boudin SF.
1/2 Pesto Chicken Sandwich with Butternut Squash Soup
This was Mr. K’s choice. He thought the sandwich could have used a little more pesto. We both found the butternut squash soup to be a bit too sweet. The cranberries and walnuts were also sweet, so it just ended up being sweet on top of sweet on top of sweet.
For dessert, there is a display case full of pastries and baked goods.
I chose a double chocolate muffin
Mr. K chose a chocolate chip cookie.
Before we left, we requested our turtle breads, and they were nice and hot still. But I couldn’t bring myself to eat mine!
Overall, we had a good time here. Of course this is only the soft opening, so we’ll be back to check it out once things are fully up and running, but so far the cafe dishes and breads were on par with the other Boudin locations we’ve been to. While it’s now too late to sign up for any of the free dining sessions, you can sign up here to get a free loaf of bread next time you visit and you can send a free loaf of bread to your friends too! Also, if you’re one of the first 100 people to be in line on opening day, you’ll earn free bread for a year. It looks like they are expecting a big crowd though because they are scheduled to have “camping out all night” activities on Wednesday evening.
5407 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA