So, I ventured over to Tartes on Friday to pick up some dessert for a small dinner party we were throwing over the weekend. I got there at noon and they were not open yet- they said come back in 5 minutes (in not the kindest way). I came back 10 minutes later and was checking out the window and the list and I nicely asked the girl working in there if they had everything in stock- and she told me with a bit of attitude that they were finishing up the board with todays specials. So, I was a little taken back by not receiving the most courteous service so far, but I had ventured 8 blocks in the sun and humidity on my lunch break- so I decided I might as well try some of their goodies. This was my first time here and I had no clue about the process- the board, walking up to a window to order, etc... Maybe she just assumed I had been here before and knew the drill. The bakery is located in a little pink building that houses a kitchen. You walk up to a glass window- like at a water ice stand, and they have some items in window without labels for you to view. You do not actually go inside shop- you order at a window.
And boy, was I happy I stuck around! I ended up buying 4 different individual tartes (the coconut creme, choc hazelnut with graham cracker crust, and chocolate covered creme brulee were all the die for) and I was so impressed. They are rather large for individual tartes- I cut all 4 into 4 pieces so my friends could try each. While they were on the pricier side- they were well worth it. If you want a full sized pie/tart, you need to order ahead. They make all of the individual sized ones into full pies. I will be going back. This place is a must try and now my new favorite bakery in center city!