Tartine Bakery in SF – Morning Buns in the Motherland

26 Nov

The mother of Huckleberry and Sweet Rose Creamery has been beckoning with the siren call of morning buns. In SF, I made a detour to see if Tartine would live up to its legendary reputation as maybe the best bakery in the Bay Area.

Opened in 2002, Tartine has scooped up national and local awards, getting the James Beard award in 2008 for best pastry chefs and the nod from Mark Bittman as his favorite bakery in the country. Numerous chefs have graduated from Tartine to open other great bakeries, including Zoe Nathan bringing good bread and pastries to the carb wasteland of LA.

This is their version of the famous morning bun. It’s really great, with a wonderfully bready and flaky muffin top and a caramelized bottom. Is it worth making a special trip if you’re in SF? Yes. This is a really great pastry. It’s kind of gigantic, so the dainty among us might have nothing else for breakfast, other than one of their giant lattes.


But since I’m a huge fat guy, I also had this bread pudding, which should not be missed. It was made tart with fresh cranberries to balance the milky smooth awesomeness of the pudding. You can see the big chunks of bread, which Tartine is also famous for.

For your benefit, gentle reader, I went beyond my brunchy mood and got this beautiful lemon tart for dessert. This shows that Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson are great classically trained pastry chefs. The crust was wonderfully crisp, even a couple hours later. The filling was somehow both sharply tart and yet creamy and smooth.

I might still prefer La Farine overall, especially because I prefer their morning buns. But Tartine is great, easily as good as any bakery in LA, and that’s only because Huckleberry was birthed from Tartine’s loins.

Tartine Bakery and Cafe
600 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415 487 2600

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