Bar Tartine: A New Take on What California Cuisine Means
A sister restaurant to the insanely popular Tartine Bakery, Bar Tartine starts off on the right foot, with incredible varieties of Tartine bread delivered to the table. It's chewy and complex and nutty, and goes well with butter, as bread should.
Chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns make a lot in-house: aged cheese, bottarga, kefir. It's hard to classify the food here, except to say that it's a little Hungarian, a little Japanese, and a lot Californian ("Californian" being code for local, seasonal, and artisanal). Smoked potatoes with black garlic are a perennial favorite, as are any of the vegetable dishes. The space is convivial and casual, with attentive, friendly staff.
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Sunday brunch in Mission district
Weekend brunch at Bar Tartine in San Francisco's Mission district serves small and large plates that are inventive and delicious. I had the avocado toast with scrambled eggs, mustard and cheese sauce; a bit too much mustard for my palate but delicious just the same. Farmer cheese dumpling and smoked beef reuben are also tasty. Good coffee. If you arrive and you have to wait amble down Valencia and check out the cool shops. Tartine Bakery is around the corner on Guerrero for take away pastries and breads. Open for Saturday & Sunday brunch.