What happens when a sandwich lover like Between the Bread  makes it to bread-baking mecca Tartine Bakery , tries multiple offerings on the menu, and shares her thoughts us with the rest of us? We'll tell you what happens: everyone gets very, very hungry.
I am slowly eating my way through the sandwich menu at Tartine Bakery . First, I made a Tartine sandwich recipe  at home, and now I've had the real deal, times three. These are no dainty french sandwiches but rather two-handed handfuls, cut into thirds, each third the size of a normal sandwich half. Check out photos from my first visit as well as a recent return with my mom in the gallery below.
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I went out on a limb and ordered a sweet and savory sandwich: velvety fromage blanc with sliced banana and quince paste. It was a daring but delicious choice.
The sandwich was served on gourmet, fresh-baked walnut bread, which was firm but not so much so that the soft ingredients oozed out.
The slightly tart quince paste played well against the soft, mild cheese, the nutty bread, and the sweet bananas.
Even the banana tasted just right pressed into a warm panini.
My friend Josh (RIP, sandwich buddy ) ordered the croque monsieur , open-faced on a piece of Tartine's famous french bread.
This two-handed sandwich was hearty but still not as humongous as the others.
Ham and Cheese
Tartine elevated the simple ham-and-cheese to a foodie art form, served on sliced country bread and cut into thirds.
Ham and Cheese
The thinly sliced ham and gruyere cheese got a slight pep from mustard but had no other adornments.
Prosciutto and Cheese
My friend Jonas got the variation with prosciutto and cheese plus pesto made with broccoli rabe. We all managed to eat just two of our three sections and saved the third for later.
On a recent visit, my mom sampled the croque monsieur with asparagus on top. It wasn't easy to eat, but it sure went down easy.
This highly stacked sammie came with peppered turkey, provolone, and broccoli rabe pesto, which intrigued me in theory but really just tasted like pesto. Yummy but not really spicy.