A hallmark of San Francisco's baked goods, Tartine is known for their excellent bread and pastries. The authority on bread, they've also published three cookbooks since 2006. Their new place, on Alabama St in the Mission, is way more than just a bakery. With three bread ovens, an ice cream counter, coffee roasting, and lunch and dinner offerings, this beautiful minimalistic space will not disappoint.
Because all good things in San Francisco require waiting in line, at Tartine there are three. The outdoor line typically wraps around the corner down the street, the indoor line for pastries is not terrible, and the counter line for ice cream is a breeze. Almost anything you get will be worth the wait. The brioche jam bun is perfectly spongey and sweet filled with strawberry compote and all of the flatbread sandwiches are killer. Try the prosciutto one with pears and arugula.
The space itself is beautiful and open. While you wait in line at the pastry case, you can watch bakers form loaves of bread in the nearby room. Don't forget to pick up a loaf on your way out to take home. The country bread will make all your sandwich endeavors exponentially tastier.