JULY 23, 2011

Bread Pudding
@ Tartine Bakery & Cafe

Comforting and rich, Tartine's bread pudding is a masterful union of brioche, custard, and seasonal fruits at the peak of ripeness.

Price: $3.50

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  • Tartine Bakery & Cafe
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  • Mission
    600 Guerrero St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
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  • (415) 487-2600
  • Mon 8am - 7pm
    Tue-Wed 7:30am - 7pm
    Thu-Fri 7:30am - 8pm
    Sat 8am - 8pm
    Sun 9am - 8pm

Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Price Range: $$

Parking: Street

Good for Kids: Yes

Takes Reservations: No

Delivery: No

Take-out: Yes

Waiter Service: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Alcohol: No

Wi-Fi: No

Has TV: No

Caters: No

Wheelchair Access: Yes

The Dish:

At the heart of bread pudding is the transformation of something on the brink of waste (stale bread) into something hearty and wonderful and warm. This—in addition to its taste and texture—is why I love bread pudding.

In Tartine's take on bread pudding, brioche (bread rich with butter and egg) is laced with custard and caramel sauce and baked to a golden hue. The result walks the line between sweet and savory, no doubt pleasing enthusiasts of both. Paired with ripe fruit (summer berries, for example), this tender, moist, and aromatic treat hits the spot. Score a scoop from a warm, fresh batch if you can.

The Place:

Located on the bustling corner of Guerrero and 18th, Tartine is in the heart of the Inner Mission's Gourmet Ghetto. On the smaller side, the space is simple and rather spare, with rotating art and about 10 tables inside and a handful outside (great for watching the traffic to and from Dolores Park). One of Tartine's most distinguishing features is its epic queue, which stretches out the door and down the block at seemingly all hours of the day, especially on the weekend. Take a deep breath, hop in the line, and fortify yourself with the sight of pastries galore, thoughtfully presented in glass cases.

On the Side:

  • It's no secret that I am a fan of Tartine's croque monsieur.
  • Try a rocher, either with almond or cocoa nibs. Rochers—chewy and airy meringue confections—are perfect for those times when you just want something light.

Just for Fun:

Take a stab at making Tartine's bread pudding at home. Founders Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson share recipes in their Tartine cookbook. I haven't tried it yet, but food blogger Jun Belen has. Check out his beautifully documented post.

Recommended By:

Jill Dovale
Jill Dovale
Editor, HeardAbout.com

While Jill spent her childhood eschewing foods that weren't Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, she grew up to be one hungry girl with an enthusiastic palate. These days you can find her in the Mission, enjoying a good laugh.

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