Take a taxi or drive to Stop #4: Tartine Bakery located at 600 Guerrero St at 18th St.
If you live in SF or are just visiting or read any kind of food blogs or news, you have probably heard of Tartine Bakery. Opened by bread baker Chad Robertson and pastry chef Elisabeth Prueitt in 2002, this place is the reason people are crazy for bread. Beautiful, crusty San Francisco sourdough to be exact. There's way more than bread here - think everything you would want in a bakery. Sandwiches, tarts, cookies, croissants, slices of cake, daily quiches, coffee and wine. What to get: the morning bun, a croque Monsieur with mushrooms or ham, a pressed hot sandwich, giant chocolate chip cookie.
There's going to be a line when you get there. Probably down the block but once you get inside grab a menu and then start ogling the pastry cases as you make your way to the register. It's still going to be shorter than what you'd wait for a good brunch. Just remember that very good baked goods come to those who wait. So be patient and if you get bored start chatting up the people in line near you.
It's a busy bakery so my advice is place your order to go and head to Dolores Park two blocks away on Dolores + 18th St. Walk up the hill, pick a bench or throw down a blanket and enjoy a bit of people watching while you dig into your treats.
Bonus Round: If you still have any room left in that overwhelmed stomach of yours, head back down the way you came and stop at Bi-Rite Ice Cream for a treat. Hits are the Salted Caramel and Balsamic Strawberry. They're known for their creative flavors and have been line-out-the- door favorite for 10 years.
In case you're wondering, my final stop is my home kitchen and AIP lifestyle. Those of you who read this blog know I am currently on the Auto Immune Protocol. This was definitely a cheat day, one major beautiful cheat storm, actually. I still feel good and don't feel like my progress was deterred by what I ate on this crawl but will be going back to my AIP tomorrow. So, while I REALLY enjoyed the sugar, flour, butter splurge - I realize it's not a sustainable way to eat and will be returning to my more responsible food ways.
That said, I hope you enjoyed the guide and sugar rush! xo Mea