Tartine is a cute and quaint little cafe that serves French breakfast and pastries. Before I even show you pictures, I must say that the food here is delicious! All the breads are made in house…nice and crunchy on the outside, but dense and soft on the inside. Breakfast is delicious and lunch is basically a breakfasty version of lunch…(my best explanation). They put a little touch of “Tartine” on every menu item…
Baked Egg in Brioche.
My favorite part about breakfast foods…the cutting of the poached egg. Who knew egg yolk could be such a delicious sauce!
Cafe Au Lait.
Ham Sandwich. Triple Cream Brie. Fig Mustard. Butter Lettuce on a Baguette.
So I’m showing you pictures from two different occasions…one to go order and one sit down in their tiny patio. It’s THAT good..I’ve been here multiple times and just can’t get tired of the food. It’s refreshing and not overly heavy considering you’re eating quite a bit of carbs. All spreads are flavorful and leave you wanting more…
I don’t know what else to say. I love it so much that writing this post is making me want to visit tomorrow morning. I’ll see y’all there!
So as promised, I paid another visit to Tartine and they did it again! I know this is a long post, but I’m sure a little eye candy won’t bother your taste buds…
Soup of the Day: Cauliflower Soup.
House Pate. Dijon. Onion Confit. Baguette.
House Smoked Turkey. Gruyere. Avocado. Roasted Gartlic Aioli. Butter Lettuce. Honey Wheat Bread.
Everything was delicious, as expected. The thing I’ve noticed with Tartine is the simplicity of all their menu items. All tartines consist of a skinny baguette baked to a perfect crunch on the outside and dense yet fluffy inside. Each baguette is topped with a fully flavored, well-seasoned spread of choice (salmon, pork, pate..etc). Sandwiches are simple and plain in appearance, but don’t let that fool you…like the House Smoked Turkey Sandwich did to me. The bread was a light and fluffy texture stuffed with deliciously smoked turkey. What really blew me away was how the garlic aioli could add so much flavor. I just wanna add garlic aioli to everything now! I can go on and on…but you’ll just have to try it for yourself!
My favorite items:
I’ve been holding back on y’all…There’s a new restaurant in town and it has to be one of THE best restaurants in the city. Award-winning chefs Rick Tramonto and John Folse got together and created a revolution…
Bread and butter!
Torchon of Foie Gras.
“What the heck is torchon???” is the first thing I said when “the chef” wanted to order this…For those of you who are wondering the same thing, it describes the method of cooking the foie gras…”au torchon” which translates to “in a towel”. The duck liver loses a lot of fat in the process, but is cooked to perfection!
If you love foie gras, this dish was perfect…peach infused foie gras with an assortment of dried fruits and nuts.
Toasty sliced bread for foie gras.
Crab and Corn Cappaccino (above and below)
This delicious “cappaccino” came out on a fancy VERSACE tableset…So sad I didn’t get a picture of the whole set, but what a great reason to go back =)
The crab came out separately on a spoon for your own mixing pleasure…Just like sugar in your cappaccino!
Crisp Sweetbreads. Herbsaint Meuniere. Forest Mushrooms.
BEST SWEETBREADS I’ve ever had…Note the microcarrot. Very nice touch!
Foie Gras w/ Peach Brulee (seasonal)
Triptych of Quail: Southern-fried, Boudin-stuffed, Absinthe glazed.
Sheep Ricotta Gnocchi w/ Lobster. Vanilla. Tarragon. Lobster Roe.
White Chocolate Bread Pudding Creme Brulee. Lemon-scented Apricots. Bourbon Caramel Sauce.
What an experience! I have yet to try a Michelin star rated restaurant, but if I were to guess, this comes uber close. The many levels of flavors…One dish that stood out to me was the Crab and Corn Cappaccino. Not quite a cappaccino, but a soup rendition. I was amazed at how intricate the flavors were..with each bite, I could taste each ingredient stand on its own as it passed my taste buds…You have to try it to know what I mean!
My FAVORITE DISH had to be the sweetbreads. I’ve never gotten sweetbreads so honkin’ large before! They were juicy and delicious..UNFORGETTABLE! Another notable dish was the Triptych of Quail…3 quails, 3 different ways. My favorite quail was…can you guess? The Boudin-stuffed one!
Don’t be shy to sit at the bar..great table service, even if you’re sitting at the bar. You’ll be served by their excellent bartenders who are super friendly and accommodating!
Great service, elegant decor, and phenomenal food…You won’t regret it!
After hearing rave reviews, I just had to try it. Tucked onto a corner, Coquette adds a little character to the street. Outside it almost looks like a French Quarter home. Inside…very romantic feel…brickwalls, candlelit tables. There was a bar that took up almost half the restaurant, but who’s complaining?? haha..
Now let’s get to the food….
Bread and Butter!
Pork Belly Fritters.
Duck Breast. Roasted Fennel. English Peas. Citrus.
Black Drum. Crawfish tails. Green Asparagus. Ricotta gnocchi.
Old Fashioned Donut. Huckleberries. Oatmeal Crunch. Sour Cream Ice Cream.
On the house treat. Some sort of jelly swirl…very light treat to a delicious meal! Don’t be fooled like I did, the cup is filled with sand and serves as a holder for the lollipops! There’s nothing edible in there…=P
Everything was delicious. Simplistic yet flavorful. Light, so you’re not overwhelmed with flavors. I don’t think I’ve seen dishes like this anywhere else in New Orleans so their dishes are definitely original. Only disadvantage was the small portions, but I have quite the appetite so that most likely explains that!