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Tartine Bakery

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During my trip to San Francisco last week, I asked three separate locals where I should go for the best dessert in town; the unanimous vote was the Tartine Bakery. A quick search on the Internet confirmed their “best bakery” status, and I set out to go there for lunch.

There is always a line at Tartine, giving you plenty of time to decide which one of the impressive desserts you want to take home. You’ll begin your wait next to a refrigerated glass display, housing several beautiful cakes (including Chocolate SoufflĂ©, Devil’s Food, Coconut Passion Fruit Bavarian, and more), along with a selection of tarts, truffles, and puddings (served in individual ceramic mugs, just like Mom used to make). Although the servers are quick to get your order for you, do not be too hasty in deciding since a range of muffins, pastries, and my personal choice, the brioche bread pudding, don’t come into view until you are closer to the register.

Brioche Bread Pudding

You take your bakery selections immediately and hot food orders are brought out to your table when ready. To make my meal a “legitimate” lunch, I ordered a sandwich (paninis are made with their homemade bread) in addition to my enormous bowl of bread pudding. But as fate would have it, it was impossible to wait for the sandwich while this buttery, sugary mass of brioche and fruit was staring at me. If you can fend off the crowds eyeing your seat, this is a nice place to sip coffee (or wine), enjoy a European style atmosphere, and work up your appetite between courses.

Tartine is in the Mission district of San Francisco, a rapidly growing area known for its great Mexican food. While Tartine is crowded with young, trendy customers, the area within two blocks (in any direction) of the bakery can be a bit seedy, so take care when walking over from the BART station.

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street @ 18th San Francisco, CA 94110

Monday 8:00am-2:00pm (no cakes, tarts or bread)
Tuesday-Wednesday 7:30am-7:00pm
Thursday-Friday 7:30am-8:00pm
Saturday 8:00am-8:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-8:00pm

Bread is available after 4pm everyday except Monday and Tuesday.


Artsy Fartsy Ugly Chick says on February 18th, 2005 at 7:23 pm:

Wow! That looks lucious…What did you have there, Kelli and how was it?

Artsy Fartsy Ugly Chick says on February 18th, 2005 at 7:24 pm:

Oops…never mind (I must learn to click on the link…heheheh)

c says on March 6th, 2005 at 4:24 am:

missed this place, damn. but went to citizen cake. yum.

Lovescool - For the Love of Dessert » Blog Archive » Tartine Chocolate Pudding says on November 21st, 2006 at 10:54 am:

[...] Two of my favorite things to do in the winter are 1) Eat pudding and 2) Get out of New York and visit California. It’s even better when I can combine these two wonderful things, like I did last year at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. This neighborhood bakery specializes in classic French desserts, but what drew me in while I was there was the rich, colorful, buttery brioche bread pudding. I sat down in the warm weather and ate one of the largest bowls of pudding I have ever seen. The experience stuck in my mind, and I remembered Tartine when my mind turned to pudding this year. I mean that in every sense. This year my mind and energy level are taxed to the brink, and I actively search out things that will taste great and impress guests without requiring much effort. [...]

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