Tartine Bread and Pies is home to legendary butter tarts and multigrain bread. Also offering a menu of freshly made breakfast and lunch items.
Stopped in for a quick lunch and a picked up a treat for later in the day.
My instinct is to think of this place as bakery first, and cafe second.
I ordered the soup and sandwich, and a butter tart and cranberry cream tart.
The turkey sandwich was very good, all fresh ingredients, and the minestrone soup was okay. The tarts were excellent though.
Tartine is a great little place to go to for a nice snack or lunch. Being right by the water, it's a great little location to grab a bite before or after a summer's day walk. Mostly frequented by the locals living around the area, Tartine gives friendly, neighbourly service. Tartine welcomes you at your first step into the cafe with the smell of freshly baked pies cradling you with comfort. I came here for a coffee and a piece of one of their many sweets a handful of times since they opened. And although I gave them only a 3 for food because of a few not-so-great experiences, I'm sure some of their other items are to die for. I ordered a hot chocolate once on the go only to find it warm. And another time I had a lunch special there of a quiche and coleslaw. I thought the coleslaw was a tad too tangy and runny and overpowered the mild tasting ham and cheese quiche. The quiche itself wasn't the best I've had, the egg part sat at the top of the quiche which made for a weird taste.
I'm dying to taste some of their sandwich offerings on their freshly baked bread and also their great looking pies.
I do not understand the cinnamon raisin bread. It is very nice white bread with very, very little cinnamon and raisins that fall out because the small half swirl at the top of the bread is in a big void area in the bread, so there is a big hole in it. It is not professional bread and I do not know how they can call it cinnamon. Maybe I got the one bad loaf or maybe they should cut their bread open and look at it and taste it, See if they can detect cinnamon.
I work just down the street and often buy my breakfasts or lunches here. It always smells so fresh and delicious as soon as you walk in. Their Morning Glory muffins are my personal favourite for a quick breakfast. They are always moist and loaded with fresh fruit. I must also recommend their meat pies and the Thursday lunch special : Baked Mac and Cheese served with coleslaw. It's to die for!
I've recently started to buy their bread - it's a little pricey but well worth it! It is sliced upon order and is usually still warm from the oven.
The turkey and chicken sandwiches are quite filling and all made with real meat. Try the cranberry mayonnaise - it adds such a great flavour.
The service is fast and friendly. The place is always clean and inviting.
Tartine is a great little bakery. You'll love it!
Lucky for me I live just a few blocks away from this great little bakery. They bake everything fresh and are open early in the morning. Pasteries are delicious, pies and breads are good too. Tried a sandwhich the other day and it was awesome (real turkey breast!).
Oh, and the kitchen is in plain sight of the customer, which I love :)
The pastries are soggy, and way too sweet. You'd only expect these kind of quality in a dollar-store restaurant, but not from a high-end neighbourhood with high-end priced bakery. (ps. They're the only bakery within 10miles)
I ordered the butter tart, dripped coffee, and a banana cream pie this morning (yeah, morning, suppose to be fresh in quality, but texture turned out like an "end of the day; before store closed" quality). When I saw my pie, I almost had my jaw dropped; my pie was like "car-crashed", I didn't see a pie, instead I saw parts and pieces of cream+banana+pie_crusts, like someone dropped on floor and pick it up trying to puzzle it back into shap. WTF. and the staff was like "I hope that's okay your pie turned into pieces". Next, their world best butter tart is way too sweet, it's even sweeter than an sugar-ice-cube, I ended finishing the tart-crust and half of the stuffings with my black coffee (you can imagine how sweet is the tart).
My friend ordered their daily special, sandwich like thing (french bread on bottom with ham+tomato+swiss_cheese on top) and pumpkin squash soup. I asked if their sandwich and soup would be better than my pastries, he said they just taste normal... the taste and texture are not that good to make him want to visit again.
I'm just glad I used groupon for this visit. Even with groupon, I wouldn't recommand their food, not even their service. TOM HASS is 400% better. You can even get better desserts/food in safeway. However, if you enjoy desserts extremely sweet and soggy, you'll definitely enjoy this place.