Tartine Bakery

Tartine Bakery is one of those places that has been so talked about over the years of my coming  to San Francisco that I always thought there was never much point in going unless I wanted to wait in line for an hour to get a croissant (there is a fair amount of line waiting for food in this city).   Then a few days ago I was on my way to Dolores Park and I saw this funky corner bakery with no name out side and went in.  I realized the minute I walked in and saw the impressive array of  baked goods that I had stumbled upon the place.

The key, in my limited experience (I’ve been three times and hope to go again), to coming to Tartine is to do it during the week and later in the day – the line ups seem to be mostly a weekend phenomenon.  The vibe is relaxed friendly and very welcoming.  The surprising thing to me after creating an image of it in my head all these years was that it would somehow be more upscale, when in reality, it has a distinct patina and a fun, funky, unpretentious vibe.

In addition to sweets they also have a good selection of savory items, the ha Quiche I had was wonderful, they also do a bunch of open face sandwiches.  The first day I stopped in they have Croque Monsieur that were so big you it would feed two or have it for two days.  The slice of lemons poppy-seed loaf I had was sublime, in addition to the heavy sprinkling of icing sugar it taste like the loaf was soaked in sugar syrup.  YUM.  The coffee is good and the wine is well priced and tasty.

Well worth a visit if you are going to be visiting SF, just don’t do it on the weekend.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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