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Friends, Coffee And Food Are The Way To Do It At Tartine

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 4:43 pm

It is a fun feeling to sit back, sip a latte, have a bite to eat, followed by good conversation while watching the world go by.

Last Friday I asked my friend Robin Sacks to join me for breakfast at Tartine European Café and Bistro. So after dropping off my daughter at school I was lucky to find a parking space right in front of Tartine. While I was getting out of the car I heard someone call my name. A common friend from Zumba class, Katy Groves. was there with her husband Luis Tamariz at an outdoor table. They asked me to join them while I waited for Robin. When Robin arrived she sat down too and we continued our conversation.

While enjoying the outdoors, I noticed a gardener tending the nearby trees and ground cover. The weather was cloudy and bit breezy but still pleasant with a fall feel to the air.

We noticed many locals stopping by at Tartine, going in and coming back out with a cup of coffee ready to face their day. Others who had more time, sat down with friends to enjoy the fresh air, coffee and breakfast. One of them was Lisa Mondzelewski. She had brought her two cocker spaniel puppies to Tartine and was there with friend Piper Weigman. “Tartine is super dog friendly. I often walk here to meet friends. The food is wonderful for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve been coming here for 15 years,” said Mondzelewski.

Meanwhile at our table we noticed that Katy and Luis had shared a light breakfast by ordering Epi Bread, so Robin and I decided to do the same. I also ordered a latte while Robin had a double cappuccino.

Luis said he comes to Tartine often because he works from home and the cafe is close to his house. Luis is from Peru and loves the feel of Tartine. “It reminds me of a European style café with the trees, people walking by…I often run into friends here,” he said.

Robin also enjoys Tartine. “I come here a lot. My favorite is the spinach and tomato quiche. They serve it all day and I can eat it anytime,” she said.

I asked our friendly waitress which items are most popular for breakfast and she informed us that the Bacon Panino, followed by Curry Chicken Salad, Pear Scones and Ham and Gruyere Quiche are the favorites.

“People love our cappuccinos. I’m a fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. We use fresh real pumpkin, everything is all natural and it doesn’t have a fake taste. Our baker makes it,” she said.

Tartine opened it 2001 with the idea of creating a European style eatery where friends can gather for a great meal or just enjoy a coffee. The delicious bakery items under glass domes are inspired by European pastries and the baker uses only the finest ingredients like Madagascar vanilla, Belgian Chocolate and European style butter. The cakes and pastries are very popular and cakes can be ordered for special occasions.

Our Epi Bread, which I have ordered before, was a real treat - a small baguette sliced in half, toasted and topped with butter and homemade raspberry jam. Other choices for breakfast include Toasted Ciabatta Roll with Cream Cheese, Bowl of Seasonal Fruit, Oatmeal with dried cranberry and House Made Granola with fresh fruit and milk or plain yogurt. Other items on the menu are available all day like two varieties of quiche, Bacon Panino and Cheese Tray.

Tartine has a wide array of teas, coffees and juices. My latte was delicious with the right amount of foam, great tasting blend of coffee and perfect temperature.

While these days most everybody eats breakfast in the morning there was a time when “breaking the fast” after a night’s sleep was not a thing people did and was restricted to the old and infirm. Coffee became popular during the Industrial Revolution as workers were headed to the factories and needed a kick to start their day. Ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Romans started their day with beer and bread, Greeks preferred wine and bread.

For us in 2019, a breakfast accompanied by coffee or tea is an obvious choice and something we feel our body needs. What better way to start your day when it’s with the company of friends and in a fun ambiance? Tartine, French for a piece of bread with a sweet or savory, topping, is one of the favorite breakfast places in town.

Tartine, European Café and Bistro, 1106 First Street. Call 619-435-4323 or log on

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