San Francisco Ferry Building Attraction – Biscuit Bender

Biscuit Bender in the San Francisco Ferry BuildingI really wanted to call this post “Bended Like Biscuit” but then I reconsidered as I would be the only one who thought that was funny! Instead I called Biscuit Bender an attraction. Why? Because it is much more than another food stand in the San Francisco Ferry Building but rather a little culinary adventure with a entertaining host.

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I first learned about Van Dao and his San Francisco based biscuit business while watching Chopped. Van was a contestant from my neck of the woods, and I always support hometown peeps, so naturally I was rooting for him. After watching his bio I bookedmarked his website so that I could find an opportunity to try his biscuits.

Despite the fact he went home in the first round I was in love. Not only is it difficult to even attempt Chopped with only a pastry background, but he did it with style! Besides baking unique biscuits, Van creates unique hats one of which he wore on the show and certainly grabbed my attention!

In early September, several of the San Francisco food blogs announced that the Biscuit Bender would have a permanent kiosk in the Ferry Building. I tweeted my excitement and filed the information away for the next time I was on the Embarcadero.

Well last weekend after our ritual Sunday dimsum we decided to enjoy the gorgeous weather and walk over to the Ferry Building to have a look around. I told Mr. Misadventures that we had to seek out the biscuits or else. When it comes to food it is not hard to convince my hubby to agree (we are like two peas in a pod) and we tracked down the stand and the charming Mr. Dao, resplendent as usual in a darling hat (and smile)!

Van Dao owner of Biscuit Bender in the San Francisco Ferry Building

Ever since I first looked up the offerings on the Biscuit Bender website I have had the double bacon-maple biscuit on my mind. So that is exactly what I picked up after my quick visit, along with a bottle of bacon-bourbon and watermelon-ice tea jellies. I took my treasures home and did a little tasting.

I love Southern food, fried chicken is my all-time last-meal-wanting food and along with that comes a good biscuit. So I had big expectations. I used the biscuit tasting as an opportunity to practice more photography with the help of the real photographer in the house. As I was plating the biscuit for photographing I was worried that it looked a little dry, but once the photo session was done and I sunk my teeth into, all fears were alleviated.

My Biscuit Bender goodies from the San Francisco Ferry Building

It was a bite of perfection. I tried it first with the watermelon and ice tea jelly. I could not taste watermelon and think this jelly flavor will probably go better with another biscuit flavor or alone with cheese. Then I tried the biscuit with the bacon-bourbon jelly and all I can say is WOW! I thought it would be too much bacon flavor, but I don’t really think there is such a thing! The jelly on the fluffy bacon biscuit was a perfect pairing and the sweetness of the maple still comes through – I thoroughly enjoyed it and am definitely up for trying some of Van’s other flavors. I’ve got my eye on the corn-jalapeno next!

Double maple-bacon biscuit and bacon-bourbon jam from the Biscuit Bender in the San Francisco Ferry Building
Double maple-bacon biscuit and bacon-bourbon jam from the Biscuit Bender

So if you are ever at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, please take the time to check them out. The biscuits are individually sealed and travel well. I guarantee you’ll love them! I know the people of San Francisco do…7×7 magazine just names them one of four fabulous biscuits you can get in the city!

How about you? Are you a fan of a good biscuit? What is your favorite style?

26 Comments

  1. OMG heaven!!!!!!

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  2. jen
    October 4, 2012

    Mr. Dao positively looks like one of the nicest people on the planet. Folks who make bread always are. His smile and hat will stay with me for a very long time. Wonderful post, and I’m just imagining you living in that awesome American city.

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  3. Ann Mah
    October 5, 2012

    I LOVE biscuits — what a wonderful find. The corn-jalapeño biscuit sounds like heaven.

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    1. Andi
      October 5, 2012

      @Ann, I will let you know how it is, I suspect it is going to be pretty darn good!

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  4. Lindsey
    October 5, 2012

    I can’t help but share my disappointment that he didn’t open when I was there!! I adore biscuits! I didn’t grow up with them so it’s a newfangled appreciation but I can’t get enough now. Definitely worth a trip back to San Fran!

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    1. Andi
      October 5, 2012

      @Lindsey, I didn’t grow up with them either (in any real sense) but I sure am a fan! Van’s are really tasty! NEXT time you are in SF you can check them out!

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  5. Lady Jennie
    October 7, 2012

    I think that would have been a funny title. 🙂

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    1. Andi
      October 8, 2012

      @Jennie, I am glad you liked it!

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  6. Sheri
    October 19, 2012

    I ate that biscuit three weeks ago! We vacationed in the Bay Area for about 10 days and I just *had* to get a biscuit with jam. I think both contained bacon. Went great with the cup of coffee from Blue Bottle right across the way. I heart the Ferry Building.!

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    1. Andi
      October 19, 2012

      @Sheri, hi there – good stuff right? I thought it was going to be “too much bacon” with botht the jam and biscuit but I guess that is just impossible!

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  7. Lisa R
    November 11, 2012

    My son ‘s friend goes to college in San Francisco I have to ask him if he’s ever been there and to tell him to try it if he hasn’t yet….Looks awesome and probably tastes so too

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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    1. Andi
      November 12, 2012

      @Lisa, he must! The Ferry Building is so awesome for food in general, a great place to check out local food.

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  8. Judy W
    November 19, 2012

    I wish I had known about that place when I visited San Francisco! I love biscuits and can eat them with any meal not just breakfast.

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    1. Andi
      November 30, 2012

      @Judy, me too!

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  9. Kylie C
    November 20, 2012

    I can just imagine what the bacon-bourbon jelly would do to pump up the flavor of a plain biscuit- I need to get some!

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    1. Andi
      November 29, 2012

      @Kylie, it is really awesome!

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  10. nicolthepickle
    November 20, 2012

    Wow, those look amazing. I can’t quite imagine what the watermelon would taste like with bacon.
    I like biscuits but I’m not very good at making them.

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    1. Andi
      November 29, 2012

      @Nicole, the watermelon was good but the subtle taste did get lost with the bacon flavor.

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  11. Debbi H
    November 27, 2012

    My mouth is watering! There is nothing like a good biscuit, and those jellies sound wonderful. Such unique flavors.

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    1. Andi
      November 29, 2012

      @Debbi, they are truly yummy!

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  12. Beeb Ashcroft
    November 27, 2012

    I’m obsessed with biscuits! One of my favorite foods growing up (And today) is biscuits and gravy. I prefer them savoury rather than sweet, so I think that bacon-bourbon jelly would be just the ticket.

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    1. Andi
      November 29, 2012

      @Beeb, love biscuits, don’t often eat them with gravy, but that’s because it is hard to find good spots that do it around here!

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  13. Kristen
    November 28, 2012

    Those look amazing! I wish we had more unique places like that in NJ.

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    1. Andi
      November 29, 2012

      @Kristen, I am sure you must! It is amazing what you find when you go looking! Jersey is fascinating to me when I see spots on the Food Network that cover their restaurants!

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  14. nicolthepickle
    November 30, 2012

    At least you can say you tried it.

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  15. Magdalena
    June 23, 2013

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