Tartine Bakery, Mission District, San Francisco

Tartine Bakery is a little slice of heaven on Earth. We love Tartine’s pressed sandwiches, meringue clouds, bread, French pastries and of course the fruit tarts.

The lemon meringue tarts individual and full size looks absolutely dreamy.

Tartine’s croissants and pain au chocolat are decadently buttery and flakey. One bites makes you want to devour the entire item in one go.

The thick slices of eggy quiche filled with cheese, ham, vegetables look like a perfect meal and look forward to trying a slice in the near future.

On our more recent trip we enjoyed a bit of Paris with a croque monsieur and an eclair. The Croque monsieur was an open face sandwich with béchamel, gruyere, thyme and pepper. Topped with smoked Niman Ranch ham and asparagus for $9.75. The melty sandwich was a complete joy to eat. The crusty fresh bread was topped with creamy flavors, cut by the freshness of the asparagus.

After the sunset, and admiring the gorgeous white blooms in the window, it it was time for sweets and something warm.

Although the coconut passion fruit Bavarian and the Tres Leches were on the list next, the Lemon Meringue Cake Rectangle was a must. The meringue covered sponge looked unreal.

The lemon-moistened genoise was layered with caramel and lemon cream.  The citrus soaked layers and tang contrasted  the sweet meringue layer was nicely bruleed and exceptionally gooey.

We enjoyed the meringue slice with some coffee and green tea and sauntered out happy.

The eclair was filled with vanilla custard, dipped in Valrhona glaze for $4.95. Tartine’s eclair is one of the best eclair we have eaten. Maybe it was the quality ingredients, but the balance of custard, choux pastry and chocolate glaze really made the dessert.

We will return for a slice of quiche, a pressed goat cheese sandwich, frangipane tart and bread.

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