This is probably a no brainer for most folks whom have visited San Francisco, but I’m going to talk about it anyway. It’s worth repeating again and again to anybody who has the slightest inclination for good food. Whilst you’re reading this article, feel free to drool over the pastry porn courtesy of the new 100mm f/2.8 lens I had just procured from my good friend. If only I had 4D capabilities to give the experience of smell, you’ll be immediately seduced and can probably skip the subsequent paragraphs. Well, if only.
Truly one of the great American bakeries that could stand toe-to-toe with the French patisseries from across the Atlantic. The chefs Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, whom have earned national acclaim as well as the praise of Alain Ducasse, are the married couple and co-owners of this amazing cafe. Trained at the CIA (not the Drone killing, but culinary one) as well as at France, they make sublime pastries and wood oven baked rustic bread. Not long ago, they’ve started a new venture called Tartine Bar which features seasonal cooking, with offerings such as sprouted lentil croquettes with kefir and coriander, or black cod in green chili broth with collards and mushrooms. Definitely next on my hit list whenever I’m back in the bay area.
Do not be put off by the long lines, as service is quick and you’ll get inside to order in due course. Trust me, it’s definitely worth the wait. Once you’re inside the shop, try not to drool uncontrollably from the scent of baking. My difficulty is in selecting what I want to order, as the options all look bloody delicious. But if you’re new to this, do try out the Morning bun made from cinnamon sugar and candied oranges, pain au chocolat, or croque monsieur (not pictured here, but on my instagram #gulpandgrub). Actually, just try anything you like if you have the capacity to do so, as chances are you’ll be happily satiated anyway.
Location: 600 Guerrero St. (Corner of 18th & Guerrero St.), San Francisco, California 94110. Website.
Also can be found on my San Francisco Food Itinerary.