A few months ago when planning my short trip to San Francisco a friend mentioned that I just HAD to visit Tartine Bakery. It’d been a while since I had visited SF and was familiar with the Mission District but Tartine was new to me. I quickly found out online it had quite a following to say the least, and a wonderful book.
San Francisco has wonderful neighborhoods, and Tartine is in the Mission District. It’s a wonderful, colorful neighborhood, the building above is El Edificio de Mujeres aka Women’s Building. In addition to Tartine, it’s also home to some great coffee houses/roasters… photos to come.
The smell hits you as soon as you walk in the door. I made a remark on twitter that it smelled like heaven, my friends tweeted back Tartine IS heaven. I think I might have to agree. The background music — Classical? A bit of slow jazz? Airy music to remind you of Europe? Nope. An eclectic mix of tunes, with Notorious B.I.G. and Snoop Dogg thrown. The place was a bit low key, laid back when I visited, but definitely down to business when it came to the goods. I only wish I had taken some more photographs of the display cases. I guess it just means I’ll have to go back 🙂
I was there in time for lunch, and my sandwich of spicy sopressata with fontina cheese and spicy broccoli rabe pesto did not disappoint. Cheesy goodness and pesto are they keys to my heart, my friends.
For dessert, it was all about the brioche bread pudding I’d read about, and it delivered.
They did let me sneak back to the quasi-kitchen to take a snapshot or too. ( Thanks y’all!)
I thought about asking to move in as well, but I didn’t press my luck. Anyway, the place was quite a treat. If you’re ever in SF you definitely should stop by, they might even let ya bring your parrot.
TARTINE BAKERY & CAFE – 600 Guerrero Street – San Francisco, CA 94110 – 415-487-2600