Review: Tartine Bakery & Café .

I finally made it to the most famous bakery in San Francisco! Tartine Bakery & Café, located in the Mission District, is without a doubt one of the most popular bakeries in the city. Everyday, no matter what time of day it is, there’s a line out the door.

At Tartine Bakery & Café, they serve not only your typical breakfast pastries such as morning buns and croissants but also delicious homemade breads, hot pressed sandwiches, and beautiful tarts and cakes. With so many items on their menu, there’s something for everyone whether you prefer sweet or savory.

I’ve heard their morning buns are out of this world but they were all sold out by the time I got to the bakery! I decided to get a mixture of pastries and cakes/tarts to sample numerous items. Their hot pressed sandwiches also looked bomb!

Coconut Cream Pie (8.5/10) and Lemon Bar (8.5/10).

Coconut Cream Pie (8.5/10) and Lemon Bar (8.5-9/10).

Chocolate Croissant (8/10), Butter Croissant (8/10), and Gougère (8/10).

Chocolate Croissant (8/10), Butter Croissant (8/10), and Gougère (7/10).

One of their most signature items is the banana cream pie but I decided to try the coconut cream pie instead. Flaky pastry crust coated with a thin dark chocolate layer filled with luscious pastry cream and sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes. If you like coconut then this is the perfect dessert for you. I absolutely loved the lemon bar; the creamy lemon curd was perfectly balanced between sweetness and tartness on top of a crumbly pine nut shortbread. Both the chocolate and butter croissant were delicious but I can’t say it’s the best croissant I’ve ever had. Lastly the gougère, a savory pastry made from egg dough, was flavored with Gruyère cheese and thyme. The gougère was good but I wanted more of a punch from the funky Gruyère cheese.

Overall, Tartine Bakery & Café offers some awesome pastries and desserts so my rating is an 8/10. I’m sure I’ll be back to try more of their signature items!

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