Everyone has their own remedy for beating the rainy day blues. Some like going to see a movie, others are inspired to get in the kitchen and cook up their favorite comfort foods, and then there are people like me, who firmly believe that the best cure is seeking cover at the nearest mall. I feel a whole lot less lazy when I’m out doing things, even if that means spending money I don’t actually have. November 1st brought with it some pretty nasty weather, so my friend and I planned a girls’ afternoon, complete with shopping, a light lunch at Tartine, and a trip to Whole Foods.
I heard about Tartine from some friends, all claiming that the small French sandwich shop, it’s name literally meaning “a French open-faced sandwich,” packed a big punch with a delicious breakfast, specifically the Eggs Baked in Brioche, and the Smoked Salmon Bagel (latter available on Saturday mornings only). Tucked behind Uptown Square on Perrier Street near the Riverbend, Tartine is quite adorable with its open kitchen, mantles sporting colorful vases, artwork lined walls, and big comfy wooden chairs. All the bread is baked fresh daily, as well as quiches, scones, and other sweet treats. And although we were tempted by sandwiches such as the Ham with triple cream brie and fig mustard on a baguette, or the Salumi with mozzarella, basil oil, and eggplant caviar on ciabatta, we kept it vegetarian and healthy by ordering the Mixed Greens Salad and the Grilled Veggie Sandwich to share.
The salad was absolutely delicious and we both loved the addition of dried blueberries, which added a burst of concentrated fruity flavor in each bite. Our Grilled Vegetable Sandwich came on house-made foccaccia bread and was filled with slices of zucchini, roasted red peppers, portobello mushrooms, and Manchego cheese. An herbed olive oil helped to moisten the bread, but definitely didn’t cover up the flavors of the vegetables. Served alongside the sandwich was a little lagniappe lentil salad that Chef Cara Benson changes up every now and then. On this particular day it was a mixture of beluga lentils (or some other type of dark lentil), diced cucumbers and tomatoes in a light vinaigrette. The whole lunch was very healthy, very filling, and very good.
I can easily add Tartine to my list of favorite sandwich shops (such as here, here, and here), and I look forward to making it over there on a cold winter morning to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and those eggs baked in brioche. Because rainy day blues or not, Tartine is sure to satisfy your craving for delicious, French-inspired food that’s as comforting as it is classic.
*Tartine makes cakes to order, in flavors like coconut cream, carrot, vanilla almond, and chocolate fudge. Call 504-866-4860 to order.