Rainy night; changes in previous plans for a friend and me. Friend suggested driving to Tartine to have supper; also mentioning that Tartine is gracious about sharing entrees. I was pleased, having read about Tartine on the CHB.
At first we were the only customers. Atmosphere: pure French Bistro. Very short menu, but nice choices. We split two appetizers that paired off nicely together. Palourdes Farcies ($9.50), yummy stuffed baked clams, neatly seasoned; and Pissaladiere ($8.50) that was a suble onion tart, enlivened by optional anchovies on top. Our veal medallion with mushroom dish ($20) was a total winner. Piggy me wished we hadn't shared it. NOt because the portion wasn't large--it was. Just because it was one of the best veal dishes I've eaten, and I wished there were more.
Nice fruit tarts with Creme Anglais; French Press decafe coffee; warm service; lovely atmosphere. Got a tad noisy when other customers showed up, but we were quite mellow by then. ON the corner of 4th and Bainbridge; parking no problem. VEry different from most Philly restaraunts, it could have been Paris. Fun.