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Tartine "taste alike" in Oakland or Berkeley?

jjlymn Jan 15, 2013 11:52 AM

Planning a weekend away and looking for a "Tartine" in Oakland, Berkeley or close (ish). Thanks!

  1. Robert Lauriston Jan 17, 2013 09:01 PM

    Best croque I've had since Eccolo closed is at A Cote.

    1. Ruth Lafler Jan 15, 2013 12:51 PM

      Maybe the new Sweet Bar in uptown Oakland.

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        dordogne Jan 15, 2013 12:36 PM

        The housemade loaf at Pizzaiolo in Oakland is very similar to the wonderful Tartine loaf and a generous portion is available during P's morning service, toasted, with butter and excellent preserves on the side. Other breakfast pastries also excellent and include savory options. Cafe Oliveto also has a fine pastry chef; the puff pastry they use for their sweet and savory items is among the best I've had (delicately flaky--neither crunchy like Tartine nor wimpy like La Farine has become of late).

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        1. re: dordogne
          escargot3 Jan 15, 2013 03:07 PM

          I haven't been to Cafe Oliveto in a while, but at least as of 6 months ago, they had a fab croissant and other savory kind of things.

        2. Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2013 12:13 PM

          The only place I've had similar bread was at Manresa. Acme direct from San Pablo is the best in the Berkeley-Oakland area.

          The best French-style pastries are at Crixa, La Bedaine, and La Farine. Some people like Masse's.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            Ruth Lafler Jan 15, 2013 12:52 PM

            Feel Good Bakery's pastries are better than both La Bedaine and La Farine.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              rubadubgdub Jan 15, 2013 01:17 PM

              Pastrywise I think La Farine is most similar. They have some savory offerings and a great baguette to boot.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                chocolatetartguy Jan 15, 2013 05:26 PM

                La Bedaine is having a pastry making class. I wasn't interested so didn't get the details, but worth investigating for the aspiring baker.

                I am not a fan of their pastry crust, but I had their "brownie" for dessert this afternoon and it was great. Chewy and intensely chocolatey: 2 "cookies" sandwiched around chocolate hazlenut cream. Probably the best I have had since the Marin bakery that used to sell at the Tuesday Berkeley Market (I think the Tartine folk) made a batch of brownies with double the chocolate/cocoa. Chocolate heaven!

                1. re: chocolatetartguy
                  Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2013 05:32 PM

                  Bay Village sold at the Berkeley Tuesday farmers market in the mid- to late 90s, when they were in Point Reyes Station. They moved to Mill Valley and then opened Tartine in 2002.

                  1. re: chocolatetartguy
                    lmnopm Jan 15, 2013 05:33 PM

                    That brownie is delicious.

                    1. re: lmnopm
                      chocolatetartguy Jan 16, 2013 11:40 AM

                      The double chocolate brownie was an experiment that failed as impractical. It was half brownie and half pudding. It was great, but not easy to eat.

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                  milklady Jan 15, 2013 12:09 PM

                  I think Tartine is one of a kind. That said there are fabulous bakeries in Oakland and Berkeley, depending on what you are seeking. Try Masse's Pastries, Crixa Cakes, the Cheeseboard,

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                  1. re: milklady
                    jjlymn Jan 15, 2013 12:11 PM

                    :( I know, just hoping I am out of the loop "somehow" ! Not looking for sweets so much, croque monsieur .... but a fabulous bakery may have to do! Thx!

                    1. re: jjlymn
                      Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2013 12:15 PM



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