Yes, the weekend line along Guerrero Street into Tartine Bakery can be deep enough for a 30-minute wait, or longer. Yes, it can be another gauntlet in itself to hunt down a table either inside or along 18th Street, while you balance small plates of sweet and savory pastries and baked goods. And, yes... absolutely, it is all worth it to bask in the consistently strong work of co-owners and proprietors Elisabeth Prueitt (master of the pastries) and Chad Robinson (master of the breads).
Tartine Bakery, founded in 2002 on that little corner of Guerrero and 18th where it has always sat, has stood the test of time. Until recently, it also stood as Prueitt and Robertson’s singular space of vision. Now, it stands as the flagship for a host of other spots - locally, with the stunningly gorgeous Tartine Manufactory its most familiar sister, and beyond (with, as rumor has it, even more to come soon).
Fun fact: Tartine Bakery also happens to be a special place of another sort. Years ago, when we both were fundraisers for different local non-profits (Connie at a women’s domestic violence shelter; Kenny at an LGBTQ youth development center), it was the spot we’d often meet-up mid-day to enjoy a latte and a sweet treat. Indeed, some things never change. Yet, it also happens to be where Connie told Kenny that she had been studying for her real estate exam, and that maybe he should, too ;-)
Our go-to’s... A morning bun (with its subtle tinge of citrus) for Connie and a banana cream tart (bananas + chocolate + caramel + flaky crust + BOOM) for Kenny, please!
600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110