600 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110, United States
When I met Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, I had no idea who they were. As far as I knew, they were the friendly, smiley couple that lived next to my good friends. The occasional hello, petting the dog when we headed out for a walk, they seemed like good, but ordinary people. One day, my friend whispered to me “you know WHO they are don’t you”? Of course, I did not. “They own Tartine Bakery” she said in hushed, reverent tones. “Tar what!?” Their disappointment in my knowledge was only exceeded by their excitement for having a reason to visit immediately. I was about to be taken for an educational whirlwind of the world of pastry.
Of course, I know who they are now. Between a successful cookbook, and sellouts and lineups, Tartine Bakery is a San Francisco institution. “Tartine? They have the best…X” Everyone has an opinion. There really is no right or wrong – it’s just a matter of personal preference.
Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, Tartine is broken up into two distinct parts – Tartine Bakery, and around the corner, Bar Tartine. Bar Tartine, is a restaurant offering dinner and brunch, focusing on high quality fresh, local ingredients. While the food is excellent, and well worth checking out, it’s nothing exceptional in a city of excellent dining. The Bakery, offers a variety of pastries, breads, baked goods, cookies, bars, along with some basic sandwiches.
Chocolate fans swear by the brownies, or the chocolate souffle cake. My cousin swears by the Lemon Tart. Breakfast fans love the morning bun – Tartine’s take on the cinnamon roll. Really, you can’t go wrong. Just go early, they have a tendency to run out of popular items quickly. Prices are actually incredibly reasonable for a bakery Mark Bittman considers “one of the the best on earth”. They clearly love what they do, it shows in the food.
My own personal favorite? Coconut Cream Tart – the individual, divine, pie. It’s a perfect blend of creaminess; a rich coconut cream, fantastic crust coated in chocolate, and the perfect accompaniment of toasted coconut and sweet cream. Im hungry just thinking about it. In the Bay Area, join the throngs and indulge yourself once in a while. It’s neither ordinary, nor nice. It’s fantastic. Once in a while, everyone deserves a little Tartine!