Eating: Bar Tartine
CRAVE: Crispy potato flatbread with a garlic spread and cheese
One of my biggest pet peeves: restaurants that only offer brunch on Sundays.
It’s the weekend and you know that everyone and their mom is going to be hankering for some mid-morning eggs benedict or french toast – why limit us into one tiny 4-5 hour time slot for brunch when you can double up and offer it on both days? Waiting in line for brunch or getting reservations is already something of an Olympic sport in terms of endurance and foresight, don’t make it any harder or competitive than it has to be is all I’m sayin’.
Bar Tartine is one of those San Francisco staple restaurants that offers amazing dinner, great brunches on BOTH WEEKEND DAYS, and a fabulous sandwich counter. Not to mention there is also sister spot, Tartine Bakery, devoted to pastries, morning buns, and fresh loaves of hearty bread. Tartine is like a culinary mafia with their stirring spoons and spatulas in a bit of everything.
We popped over for a Saturday brunch at Bar Tartine and we’re able to sample an array of great dishes. This menu doesn’t focus heavily on traditional brunch fair like french toast or omelettes, instead creating more original dishes with a Hungarian flare that draw you to pretty much everything on the menu.
We started out with several things to share and then it all went uphill from there…
Crispy potato flatbread with a garlic spread and cheese. Could definitely eat this every day.
A couple of the smoked potatoes with a green garlic mayonaise. Prepare yourself, the smoky flavor really stands out.
The bread assortment with cultured butter is to die for: a hearty crust embellished with oats and a fluffy, thick inside dotted with whole grains.
A beet mimosa… very Hungarian I suppose? #oringial
My meal, the best of breakfast and lunch: a reuben sandwich with egg, swiss, potatoes, and mustard on a potato bun.
My main dish was so pretty I may have had to take several pictures of it to really capture all the different elements. Food gawkers, prepare to stare:
Be prepared for a more eclectic menu with dishes like the above in addition to house made yogurts, hummus, bread pudding, pound cake and open-faced sandwiches. A great place for a Saturday or Sunday brunch.
Learn more about Bar Tartine and their current offerings on their website.