This little place lends an undeniable taste of the French countryside to a bustling Mission District intersection. Though sweet items like cakes, ... More
Tartine Bakery & Cafe
This little place lends an undeniable taste of the French countryside to a bustling Mission District intersection. Though sweet items like cakes, pies, buns, cookies and pastry, may be Tartine's "bread and butter," the decidedly savory heartiest-and-most-Bechamel-drenched open-faced croque monsieurs you will ever have the pleasure of devouring keeps neighborhood folks lining up for more. And speaking of bread, if you arrive early enough, you just might score yourself a loaf of the divine rustic country bread served (and constantly raved about) at sister bistro Bar Tartine . Just can't shake that sweet tooth? Opt for one of their beloved Morning Buns marbled with cinnamon and orange or the decadent Bread Pudding. Whatever you order, enjoy it at the big communal table gazing through the floor-to-ceiling windows at the entry of the 18th Street corridor.
I don't have patience for eating here on the weekends. Not when I know I can have a smoother, more relaxed brunch somewhere else. That being said, when I'm buying a cake for a special occasion, there is nowhere else I think of than Tartine Bakery. There's a cake that's like strawberry shortcake, only much, much better. I recommend a slice of that next time you're there. Pastries are terrific there, but so unnecessarily large. Makes them more of an American bakery than French one.
The food is decent, but hella expensive. The servers are all hipster Mission girls who could care less about serving anyone anything. I mean, why would they when they're discussing that hot tattooed guy from Lucky 13 last night! I mean really, I hate to stereotype, but it's true.
More importantly, the set up of the joint is atrocious. For first timers, it's very unclear how their whole disorganized process works and if you pause for 1 second to figure it out, they pretty much skip you and ask the next person in line what you want. The coffee is mysteriously served out of its own corner of the place, which often goes unmanned for minutes on end (w/ a 50 person line). So, you end up waiting 10 minutes for a black coffee. Last time I was there I started to serve myself before being scolded...yes, by the smug Mission girl.
Lord knows why it's packed all the time. Oh yeah, and my favorite part is they're so busy you have to bus your own table! Enjoy!
I really love this little corner gathering place. At the intersection of the Mission District and the Castro lays a little piece of heaven. The bread pudding and the various tartines are my favorite. But the cakes, desserts, and coffee are also devine. Be prepared to share your table and your personal space. The line moves quickly and the babies and dogs aren't shy.
beats me why people stand in long lines on all sorts of days outside this place when
- the food is not worth that wait
- attitude of people who work there is just way too high in the clouds
- service follows the attitude
the food and treats are to die for...pumpkin bread was delicious...croque monsieur was a delight...service left a little to be desired. crowded dining area, and lines form quickly...but man, talk about tasty
...once you fight your way through the horrendously crowded ordering line, you're rewarded with really special baked goods (the bread pudding is not to be missed) and a bowl-like serving of great hot chocolate.
Word for the wise: Skip the pastry line and go straight to the small bar on the right to order your hot chocolate first, then battle it out in line for a decadent ham and cheese croissant.