There is always a long line to order at this place, so it just comes down to how long of a line it'll be when you go. We went around 1pm on a Friday, when the lunch crowd was starting to clear out. On weekends, the line wraps around the block, cray cray!!
Tartine is located in the Mission district of SF and the store is on a corner. But there's no sign outside, you just have to know where it is. Despite how discrete it is, locals and tourists all know it's there!
All their breads and pastries are made fresh with local and organic produce & ingredients. Their prices are a tad on the high side, but that's expected (ecn 101 supply & demand! LOL).
My friend and I both ordered the Croque Monsieur ($9.75) which is an
Open face sandwich with béchamel, gruyere, thyme and pepper. Topped with either smoked Niman Ranch ham or seasonal vegetable.I'm drooling just from reading that description ^o^,,,
I got the ham one and it was sooo good! It doesn't look too big, but don't be deceived! It's rather filling. And I also really like the pickled baby carrots they served on the side. It helps cut the richness from the cheese.
I loved how the ham and cheese were toasted till they were crispy & slightly burnt. YUM YUM YUM!!
Yeah, that sandwich was filling...but it obviously didn't stop me from ordering dessert too hehehe
How can you possibly pass that up when coming to Tartine?!
I got the Lemon Cream Tart ($6.25)
Sweet pastry shell filled with rich lemon cream, topped with unsweetened cream.I'm glad I ordered something tart and lemony, especially after a rich croque monsieur. The cream in this tart is sooo creamy & smooth. The lemon flavor is very strong and rather tart, so if you're not into such sourness I'd order something else. I love fruity tart things so this was perfectoooo! XD
My friend made me eat the flower petal & I freaked lol it was a weird texture. Yeah...not into eating flowers. I know that for sure now!
My friend ordered the Tres Leches Cake, which was much richer and filling than my tart. This was the best tres leches cake I've ever tried. Most are usually soggy and overly sugary from the condense milk. This one is light and fragrant, not sickeningly sweet at all.
Despite how stuffed she was from her sandwich and cake, my friend was wise enough to order a Latte as well. They served this in a huge bowl & it was pretty much like drinking a bowl of milky soup. She was dying from how full she was LOL
So the lesson learned here is...don't be greedy and order everything here! You'll leave feeling like you just had Thanksgiving dinner >.<
It can be really difficult to find seating here, even though there is a decent amount of tables and chairs. You gotta be swift and stalk a group that looks as if they're about to leave, then attack! LOL
Luckily I didn't have to fight anyone for a table. We got lucky and found a table right after ordering.
I'd really suggest going at a random time on a random day of the week if you can.
I definitely to go back and try all their other sandwiches. They offer so many interesting options! And I definitely want to try the Banana Cream Tart next time, it seems to be one of their most popular items. Can't wait!!