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

Fresh bread made from hand-ground flour is sold from a rack, along with Baker's new book on bread-making.

Fresh bread made from hand-ground flour is sold from a rack, along with Baker’s new book on bread-making.

I tried a toast with peach jam ($3.75) and a soy latte. The peach jam was chunky and super fresh.

I tried a toast with peach jam ($3.75) and a soy latte. The peach jam was chunky and super fresh.

Baking bread all day long.

Baking bread all day long.

Grain for sale at The Mill.

Grain for sale at The Mill.

The Mill on a quiet Friday afternoon.

The Mill on a quiet Friday afternoon.

The Mill has added to the food scene in San Francisco's NOPA/Western Addition neighborhoods.

The Mill has added to the food scene in San Francisco’s NOPA/Western Addition neighborhoods.

One Response to Checking Out the $4 Toast at The Mill in San Francisco

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    I can never resist a good loaf of bread. Or even a slice — even at that price. I have the cookbook, so I can’t wait until the weather cools off a little more to start making some bread.