The Mill, a collaboration between Four Barrel Coffee and Josey Baker Bread, has been a hit since it opened more than a year ago in the emerging neighborhood of NOPA (or the edge of the Western Addition) in San Francisco.
It’s not just another cafe, although single-origin espresso is served and many laptops can be seen around the tables. But it’s a showcase for Baker, who gained popularity for his artisan bread that he started making in his Mission District apartment.
Featured in an American Express commercial, The Mill is also home of the $4 toast. (Technically they offer a variety of toasts with toppings that range from about $3.50 to $3.75.) Baker makes 350 loaves of bread every day.
The spot’s popularity grew with the addition of the popular Monday night pizza, when the cafe is packed with neighborhood residents slamming down a slice. It’s hard to say whether the heart of The Mill is the bread or whether it’s the community of coffee drinkers, but it’s a uniquely San Francisco experience.
The deets: The Mill, 736 Divisadero St., San Francisco. PH: 415.345.1953. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday night pizza from 6 to 9 p.m. www.themillsf.com
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