Tartine Bakery, located in the Mission, has been on the top of my list for cafe destinations ever since Tastemade named it the best bakery in San Francisco. While I think Craftsman and Wolves and Mr. Holmes Bakehouse are very strong competitors, I was excited to finally try Tartine on one of my days off work. Seeing as Tartine always has a line wrapped around the building, I had to take advantage of the free weekday morning I had to pay it a visit of my own.
Of course, the line was still out the door. After patiently waiting and salivating over the cakes and treats in the glass cases, I ordered a Morning Bun and iced coffee.
If a croissant and a cinnamon roll had a baby, it would be the Morning Bun. It was flaky and sugary like a churro-y croissant, with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top, but not as heavy as a thick, creamy cinnamon roll. It was the perfect light breakfast, and the sweetness complimented the coffee without making me feel like I just had dessert. It also had candied orange, giving the cinnamon treat a hint of citrus.
A friend of mine ordered the Frangipane Croissant, which stood out as the best pastry on the table. Among the Morning Bun, Quiche, and Gougère (savory egg dough with gruyere and thyme, which was also delicious), the Frangipane Croissant was the most unique and flavorful of the dishes. The Frangipane was sweet and buttery, but its sweetness was balanced by the almonds and almond cream spread across the top.
Tartine had a wide variety of cakes, breads, pastries, and sandwiches that I definitely want to try again! I’ve had many people recommend the Lemon Cream Tart, which is on my list for the next time I visit.
600 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110