So, despite wonderful suggestions yesterday, we decided to hit up Tartine. And I am quite pleased that we did. What a gem.
The place is small, no doubt, but once we were seated, I felt very much involved with just my wife and not the cramped quarters. It is made to be a "date place" perhaps on purpose. Anyhow...
Some things of note:
BYOB...no corkage fee. For those who have been looking for such a place.
Service...really doesn't exist. But that's not a bad thing at this place. The staff was friendly enough and brought the food to us in a timely manner. That's all you really need in such a small place. Carafe's of water are given immediately (and glass w/ice). The menu had a lot of nice offerings. Here's what we had...
My wife had the Endive salad with roquefort/walnuts. They have 2 endive salads. She actually ordered the one without nuts, but it wasn't a big enough deal to have it returned. She just didn't eat the nuts (thankfully she's not allergic). This seemed good, but nothing *special*.
I opted for the Baked Goat Cheese Croutons with Roasted red peppers. Delicious. The homemade bread was a bit cruchy, but it went well with the semi-course cheese and smooth peppers. A very nice dish.
For entrees, she ordered the house specialty, a lime Salmon. Cooked very well with supremed limes along the side and capers and vegetables. Very good dish. I liked the bite I had, and there was nothing left to show for it.
I ordered the Spicy Chicken. I rarely order chicken when I eat out, but I was/have been in a guacamole mood lately, which accompanied it. The guac was great. The chicken was definitely spicy and the fries were cooked with just the right amount of crispyness. A very good dish, perhaps not one I would order again...as there were some other items that looked fantastic. Even their Croque Monsieur looked great.
We had to try their Tarte Tartin and a flan with our post dinner coffee. Both were very good... the flan with yummy golden raisins, the tarte tartin with good, but store bought (most likely) vanilla ice cream melting through. The pastries were good, but far from what you might get at Financier...at least in the "appearance" of them.
Total bill came to $62 before tip. A bargain for sure. What I liked so much about it, is that it was a better meal/cost than I've gotten lately at some restaurants (including Hearth). A lovely neighborhood too, and might be a place to take your ex-girlfriend visiting town (response to a Hound a few posts below) for lunch on a Saturday.
I'll definitely go back.