Just got back from brunch with a fellow hound at Bar Tartine, and I'm happy to report that it was excellent. We walked in just after 11, with no reservation, and were seated right away. The restaurant was only 1/3 full, though there were several large tables which appeared to be reserved for people coming later.
We shared three items:
Langos with turó cheese, tomato preserves, spinach, parsley. This was outstanding, as was the case the last time I tried the savory langos at brunch here (back in November, when it was fried chicken). On my last visit for dinner in December, the langos was a bit too greasy, but today it was properly fried and nicely crisp, and the topping combination was wonderful.
Yogurt w/ sprouted quinoa, blood orange and pistachio. At $12, this dish was a tad on the expensive side, but very interesting. I enjoyed the sprouted quinoa more than I expected to, and the homemade yogurt is good. The serving wasn't that big.
Smoked potatoes w/ ramp mayonnaise. I had tried these in December for the first time, and they are up there with my favorite potato dish anywhere. I actually considered asking for a meal of these potatoes, plus two poached eggs, which I think would be a fantastic breakfast. But regardless of whether it's for lunch or dinner, ordering these potatoes is a good idea.
With two coffees, total bill was $44 before tip, for plenty of food. A good value overall, since the brunch menu is interesting and dishes are really well prepared. A mediocre brunch elsewhere would probably only be a few bucks less, plus there's no line at Bar Tartine at 11 AM!
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