It’s always refreshing to find a place that lives up to the hype, and Tartine Bakery qualifies. One of my North Carolina food-writing friends was visiting California (check Kristen out at GadaboutFood!), and she invited me along to try this small bakery in the Mission District that has made a million top ten lists for the Bay Area. It’s so well known, it doesn’t even need a sign. You know you’ve hit the right corner when you see the line queuing out of the black shop.
Kristen and her friend John beat me there, so I didn’t even have to wait to get food, but the line wasn’t too bad on a Thursday morning at 10—took them about fifteen minutes, I think. They snagged some table space in the elbow-room-only dining area, and I arrived to a feast of a little bit of everything. And it was all really, really good. The morning buns are the most hyped of Tartine’s baked goods, and for good reason.
The whole bun is dusted in sugar. It features wonderfully crunchy edges and a bottom soaked in a faintly orange syrup, which creates a hard coating that was too hard in a few spots. But once you taste that butter soaked into the morning bun’s layers, your appreciation for it can only deepen.
Next up? Biscotti and a chocolate croissant.
I appreciated the anise hint to the biscotti, but the amazing dark chocolate made the croissant a star. You could taste the berry qualities of its cocoa, and the croissant pastry itself was excellent.by