San Francisco, CA
Cinderella Russian Bakery has a fairy tale name, there is nothing make believe about this authentic Russian bakery and cafe that has been satisfying piroshki cravings since 1953. When Mike Fishman landed in the city in 1988 from the Soviet Union, it wasn’t long before Mike seized the opportunity to take over the the business from two Russian women who ran the bakery before. They trained, passed on recipes and knowledge. In 2008 Mike and his wife became sole owners and changed the look from dated diner to a cozy place. Mike expanded the kitchen and added outdoor tables and a parklet. Mike made some adjustments to the menu focusing on high-quality local ingredients and everything is made from scratch daily. Russians and San Franciscans value diversity and experiencing cultures through food. Mike’s dark and chewy rye bread offers that feeling of nostalgia.