Tartine Bakery

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The Tartine Menu

The Tartine Menu

My first attempt to visit the Tartine Bakery a year ago ended in a miserable failure.  I had about 2 hours until my flight was leaving out of Oakland, and was desperate to find a parking spot outside the bakery.  After several loops around the surrounding roads, and time running out to make my flight, I had to scrap my plans and bail.  Attempt #2 was successful a few months ago however, and I finally got a chance to eat here.  Good things come to those that wait!

The Tartine dining area isn’t big by any stretch of the imagination.  They have a display case on the West side where you can line up and order sweets, and then a cafe on the North side of the store where you can order hot drinks.  With how popular the bakery is, tables don’t stay empty for long.  I took the “When in Rome” approach to my ordering and ordered a bunch of different items.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Started out with this perfectly rectangle lemon poppy-seed cake.  You can tell a lot about a cake by how it feels when you are cutting out that first bite with your fork.  I knew immediately it was going to be fantastic and it certainly was.  The cake was moist, and the powder sugar dusting added a nice additional sweet element.

Banana Creme tart and Eclair

Banana Creme tart and Eclair

My colleague let me take a picture of his take, an ecclair and banana creme tart.  I don’t know if I can give a proper review here, because although he let me taste the tart, and it was fantastic, that’s all I got… just a taste.  The baked goods here are too good to give up more than just a small bite.

Tiramisu

Tres Leches

This picture of the tres leches tells you all you need to know about how awesome it tasted.  Coconut Milk moistened chiffon layered with cajeta and crema?  Are you kidding me?  Out of bounds!  No milk required for this cake.

Prosciutto and Gruyere Croissant

Prosciutto and Gruyere Croissant

I’m definitely saving the best for last.  But everything was the best, so this would be the best of the bestest? (please don’t ticket me grammar police).  I was already stuffed from my two slices of cake when I ordered this, so I decided to box it up and take it to go.  The next morning in my small Clarion Hotel room in San Jose, I had just gotten out of the shower and was hankering for some food.  I remembered my box with croissant from the day before.  I plugged in the microwave and warmed it up for 30 seconds before diving right in.  Let me tell you, the absolute euphoria I experienced can’t be beat.  I didn’t even bother getting dressed, I just sat there in my birthday suit on the side of my bed, and spent the next 3 minutes devouring this piece of art.  By far this was the best croissant I’ve ever had.

It may be tough to find a parking spot, but this mecca of the pastry located in San Francisco is worth the trip for local and tourist alike.  Prices weren’t reasonable, and food and service was outstanding.

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