We spent a lot of time at Disney World as kids, spinning in the teacups, hurtling down Splash Mountain, eating as many Mickey Mouse ice creams as a child can handle. Tartine Manufactory is our adult version of Disney World, with everything you might want to eat conveniently bundled into one giant, beautiful space in the Mission.
“Manufactory” sounds like a place where Willy Wonka would create life-sized chocolate llamas, but it turns out it’s an actual word in the dictionary, and Tartine’s version houses a bakery, a coffee bar, and a sit-down restaurant, all in the same space. While you can make reservations for their outdoor patio, there’s guaranteed waiting, especially if you try to walk up on weekends. They haven’t quite figured out their Fastpass situation here yet.
The daytime pastries, breads, and sandwiches are similar, even slightly better, than at the original Tartine, and they also serve a bunch of simple, well-done salads, yogurt bowls, and pizza.
We probably won’t be here weekly, but when we do work up our resolve to wait in infinite lines, a visit to Tartine Manufactory is always worth it. The magic of Tartine is in the details: there’s thought and care put into everything from the pretty wood tables and attractive ceramic plates to the all-white (including every single pipe and fixture) interior. These days, we need more than a sugar high to impress us - and Tartine Manufactory delivers.
If you’re here for brunch, zero in on the breakfast sandwich. Like most things here, this sandwich with scrambled egg, greens, and cheddar is simple, not too heavy, and well-done.
Are we generally over gem lettuce salads? Yes, but at Tartine you need to balance out the nine loaves of bread you may consume with some vegetables, and at lunch this is the best way to do so. Super fresh, thanks to all the herbs involved.
When we go out to brunch, yogurt with granola isn’t usually the first thing we want. But at Tartine Manufactory, it’s absolutely a viable option. The housemade yogurt is incredible, the seasonal fruits are fresh, and the large granola chunks are delicious.