To me, travel and food are one of the most exciting couples around. They are one of those rare, precious, giving duos that in tandem have filled my life with some of its most precious, memorable moments! And with all due respect, I rarely think of one without the other.
On a recent trip to San Francisco, it was only natural for me to think of the places I wanted to experience on the food scene. Tartine Manufactory bubbled up to the top of that list. A place that started off with more humble beginnings as Tartine Bakery, now has a chic, light filled, industrial outpost as well where bread is baked and meals are served. The teaser here is that bread is available after 10:30 am till it is sold out!
True to its calling, the place serves up the most delicious bread and baked goods. But I was also pleasantly surprised with the creativity displayed in the salads on the menu. As a party of six, we sampled an assortment of items.
Let’s start with the basics. The bread served with butter that contains specks of salt crystals is to die for. The grilled cheese is buttery perfection on the outside with a creamy, veggie concoction on the inside. And what’s not to like about the roasted eggplant flatbread? The most pleasant surprise came in the form of a tomato and stone fruit salad. Surprise, because this was a bread place and delight because it was the perfect amalgamation of flavors and attractiveness that left me smiling from ear to ear.
Here are pictures from our lunch.
The Tartine Manufactory
A carb lover’s mecca
The to die for bread and butter combo
Is that some grilled cheese?
The eggplant flatbread
My fave – tomato and stone fruit salad
You too can get inspired by their menu. Have you eaten at either the bakery or the Manufactory? If so, what were your favorites?
It is no surprise that the Grilled Cheese Sandwich has made itself a staple in the American Diet. You would’ve never thought that a lunchbox classic made with just bread and cheese could be toasted in a way that makes it a timeless treat regardless of the time of the year. At the Melt, they take their Grilled Cheese Sandwich seriously. And with a location that is just a stone’s throw away from the picturesque Stanford University, what is there to lose?
The Melt offers a unique ambiance along with its unique menu. Simple wall decor and bright colors parallel the eatery’s devotion to their simple menu. With just six different Grilled Cheese options inspired by different parts of the world, it is no wonder why this sandwich shop has lines out the door 24/7. If you feel like being traditional, the classic Grilled Cheese is a succulent option. With fresh sourdough bread and gooey melted American cheese. If want an Italian or Mexican twist, the Melt will gladly accommodate your request, substituting American sourdough bread with homemade garlic bread.
You can’t have a sandwich without a hearty soup to go along with it, and the Melt’s wide variety of soups also pay homage to different parts of the world. A Southwestern Black Bean soup, a rich Tomato-Basil, and a cozy Broccoli Cheddar are just few of the many options you have to choose from.
When it comes to comfort food in Northern California, we can’t recommend the Melt enough. Located in the bustling Stanford Shopping Center, their Grilled Cheese sandwiches provide the fuel you need to hit the stores or take an energizing walk through campus.
To learn more about the Melt, visit www.themelt.com