A portable, savory baked good is our Achilles' heel. We're all yours if you give us a shock of salt and grease within a pastry framework. Which is why we were elated to see savory brioche on the menu at Pinkie’s Bakery, a petite bakery smack dab on the slap-and-tickle side of Folsom Street. The flavors we saw on Sunday came in three tastes: bacon, cheddar and onion; caramelized shallot and gruyere; spinach and ricotta.
We first ordered the bacon and cheddar, wolfing it down in four to five bites. (Savoring food is for actresses in Dove Chocolate commercials and Bethenny Frankel.) We devoured it, which is why there are no photos of it. Sorry. It was a near-perfect savory treat in that it was loaded with the perfect amount of bacon and tinged with just enough sharp cheddar. Best of all it had an oily film that's crucial to any savory brioche.
Next up? The caramelized shallot and gruyere. Which was just as appealing as the former, though less fort, if you will. Not as heavy yet still filling, the puff was dotted with the right amount of cheese and shallots streaks, which didn't mask the simple brioche casing. We could eat five in one sitting.