Black Jet Bakery: Gillian Shaw

April 01, 2011
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Gillian Shaw and Max Newman. Photo: Stacy Ventura

The year-old bakery named for Shaw's black lab is likely best known for its updated versions of crazy and savory baked goods (think pulled pork and Frito toaster tarts and you're on the right track). But this Liberty Café and Brown Sugar Kitchen vet who eschewed law school for culinary school offers a wide swath of sweets and savories from her Bayview kitchen, including chocolate chip cookies with Maldon sea salt, and sour cream coffee cake. "Our style is very rustic; old school with a sense of humor and upscale ingredients."   

While she doesn't have a retail storefront yet, anyone can buy directly from her Bayview commercial kitchen, or hunt down her excellent eats at about a dozen coffee-related locales, including Ritual Coffee locations, Trouble Coffee, Atlas Café, Spin City in Noe Valley, and Breaking Bread in the Embarcadero.


"I absolutely love Delfina, and I've eaten the same thing there for six years: The little gem salad with shaved hard boiled egg and radish and their plain marinara spaghetti."  

Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton
Black Jet Poptart. Illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton


Bakers begin work at 5:00 pm and go until about 3:00 am. Thus, it's no surprise that Shaw is a fan of the 24-hour Silver Crest Diner on Bayshore. She favors its super buttery grilled cheese on very white bread. The ambiance? "Sketchy but awesome at the same time." When in Potrero, she favors a thoughtfully crafted chai or a coffee from Farley's. "I love to read all the magazines you can't find at other places."  


"I was told there used to be an amazing Jewish deli in the Potrero, but I never got there. We could use more of those."


BLACK JET BAKERY No retail location (yet) Where to find: (415) 845-9925

This content was published in the Spring 2011 issue of Edible San Francisco Magazine. © 2011-2012 Edible San Francisco. 
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