Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick

Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick
“Shop till you drop” is no idle phrase at the cornucopia that is the Ferry Building Marketplace. If you’re feeling weak in the knees from too much of a good thing, you might need a little raclette, or maybe a bite of ridiculously fresh mozzarella, to get you going again. Cowgirl Creamery’s new outpost, Sidekick, right next door to the original Cowgirl shop, is just the spot for a reviving breakfast, lunch or just a snack. Sweet and savory cheese puffs and grilled-cheese “toasties” featuring a different cheese each day (perhaps Cabot Clothbound Cheddar with maple mustard, or Bellwether Crescenza with fresh herbs and sweet summer peppers), kick off the list of daily specials. Instead of wine or espresso, the milk bar offers chocolate, caramel and other sweet things blended into hot or cold drinks by a dedicated barista. Shoppers on the run can pick up prepackaged items like salads, cheese plates and organic yogurt. And you don’t have to do any extra legwork if you opt for the ricotta or one of the three mozzarellas; they come with a green salad and accompaniments like toasted hazelnuts with beet and fennel relish, or prosciutto, pickled onions and olive oil.

sweet seats

Casual is the byword at Sidekick, next to the original Cowgirl Creamery shop, with just a common stand-up table for very informal dining. They’re sweet spots for taking in passersby, but there’s more room—and great bay views—at the communal tables just across from Peet’s Coffee down the adjacent breezeway.

chew on this

Working with a completely different set of equipment at Cowgirl Creamery’s remote Point Reyes Station location, Sidekick’s staff spent months performing simulations to prepare for the small space they would occupy in the Ferry Building, developing such items as the frico (cheese crisp), which would soon fly off the shelves.


Mon.–Sat. 7 AM–7 PM; Sun. 9 AM–5 PM

price range for menu items

$3.75 (chèvre and jam) to $12.75 (cheese plate)