Some San Franciscans argue that the butter croissants from Sandbox Bakery, Patisserie Philippe, or Starter are the city's best. Others will tell you the city lacks a proper croissant. Greg Mindel, a baker who has worked at Spruce and, more recently, William Werner's defunct Tell Tale Preserve Co., is entering the fight, channeling his considerable talents in to a new, croissant-based venture.
Mindel's new bakery, Neighbor, is currently selling wholesale croissants and other pastries to local coffee shops. "There aren't many great croissants in San Francisco," Mindel told SF Weekly via email, "so I thought I could provide some. Croissants are the world between bread and pastry."
Mindel's decision to start Neighbor derived from his desire to open
a brick-and-mortar pastry shop but a lack of startup funds. The
idea for the name "Neighbor" derives from Mindel always being "the
neighbor who bakes and then drops it off with his friends. Neighbor is
something I thought of because food for me is about community,
celebration, and sharing." Mindel continues, "Eventually, I really want
to be that bakery in a neighborhood making great food, allowing the food
and the craft speak for itself."
commercial kitchen in the Dogpatch, and plans to organize pop-ups
showcasing his current selections as well as some new items, about which
he's still being secretive. His lineup ranges from traditional croissants to pistachio-and-blackberry-jam croissants and mushroom-Manchego tarts.
about Neighbor's croissant offerings can now find them at Sightglass,
ship into open waters and see where it takes me."