As popular as Tartine is, and it is very, very popular for its French-influenced baked creations, fresh coffee, fine wine, and trendy location, many patrons don’t know that it began in Mill Valley (Marin) and then moved to San Francisco. This is interesting because one morning several years ago I went to the Mill Valley shop only to find an empty store, so recently vacated that there were still puddles of water on the floor. Befuddled and disappointed Mill Valley residents stood outside the windows looking in, shocked by their unexpected loss.
Well, their loss became San Francisco’s great gain. Tartine is one of the city’s culinary gems, and has earned mentions in magazines and newspapers and on radio and television across the globe. It also has a first class cookbook published, named, of course, Tartine.
As with most cafes in the area, the ceilings are high, the windows are large, and if possible, there are seats both inside and out. The food isn’t inexpensive, but it is unforgettable.
Review from the guidebook The Cafes of San Francisco 3rd Edition, by A.K. Crump. A.K. Crump is the founder of TasteTV and the annual TASTY Awards honoring the best food and fashion programs on TV, in Film, and on the Web.