Everyone raves about Tartine. They have a cookbook. They’re a world famous bakery. We finally got out there while our friends were in town. Being San Francisco, we had to travel to get there – a few stops on the BART and several blocks walking. And the day we went it was raining. Not something we’ve encountered much since we’ve been here and it was torrential. So I was headachey from getting my coffee late and soaked to the bone by the time we got there. And the place was jam-packed with people lining up out into the rain.
There’s a cabinet of baked goods which I didn’t really get a good look at because of the line of people in front of it and because I was charged with minding a seat – lots of cakey things – probably not an ideal spot for breakfast. However they had morning buns which are like super-sweet cinnamon rolls – exercise for the heart having all that sugar for a first meal!
The coffee was from Four Barrel (also in the neighbourhood) and my god it had balls! Was probably a tad on the strong side but my sugary bun took the edge off. I recognised the Four Barrel flavour.
We waited out the rain which I think in typical San Francisco fashion cleared as quickly as it had arrived. I’m not sure we’ll be rushing back here to be honest – quite a bit of effort just to be with the ‘it’ crowd – although another time I’d love to know if they have simple brioche. I bet that would be good. Anyhow, good to know where it is if we’re ever in that neighbourhood and there at afternoon tea time instead of breakfast time.
Tartine, 600 Guerrero Street San Francisco