Well everyone I've discovered a real gem. (And judging by the Boston Globe article yesterday, I'm not the only one.) It's called Tatte and it happens to be in my future borough of Beacon Hill-- aka I have to find a way to avoid gaining some serious lbs.
Tzurit Or is a self trained pastry chef, who grew up in Israel. Prior to connecting with her baking-guru within, she was a successful movie producer in Israel for 12 years. Most of the recipes she whips up are those she made as a child with her mother back in Israel and the authenticity and pride shows through.
Or started Tatte in 2007, after getting her baking start by baking at home for Boston farmers' markets. She has received countless accolades, including topping Oprah's list of favorites, features in Bon Appetit, Real Simple, NY Times, the Boston Globe and countless others.
Anyways, enough of me gabbing, let me take you on a little tour....
You walk in one of the two entrances, one which meanders through some outdoor seating, into a seriously gorgeous space. I mean check out these tiled floors! And those hanging lights! It's kind of got an industrial feel but also mixed with more relaxed elements like the big farm table and wooden chairs. Whatever is going on, I dig it.
You walk right up to the counter, where you proceed to catch the drool coming out of your mouth because everything in this case looks sooooo good. But looks aren't everything...these babies taste so good too.
These "Nut boxes" seem to be something they are known for, and for good reason. On one of the two (yes two) occasions I frequented Tatte this week, I tried the pecan box and it was devilishly delicious. The confectionery container is not a tarte/pie crust like I was expecting, but more like a deliciously buttery shortbread cookie. Whatever it is, I highly recommend you try it.
There truly is something for everyone. Pastry wise, you can't beat this spot. They have brownies, tartes, pies, meringues, brioche, coffee cake, cheesecake, muffins, etc. etc. And all of it is full of flavor and made to perfection. The breakfast and lunch items are also amazing and filled with fresh and delicious ingredients. Check out their menus here to see for yourself.
They also have a little section of packaged nut boxes, cookies, and other delicacies that would make a great surprise gift for anyone in need of a pick me up!
My second time around, I enjoyed the fresh mozzarella sandwich (Fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, basil and pesto on housemade rosemary focaccia), a hazelnut brownie, and the mint lemonade (a must get).
I mean, look at that baby.
If you couldn't already tell by the amount of times "delicious" is featured in this post, I really like this place. It's a great atmosphere and the food is to die for. They seem to continue to open up new store after store (I went to their new Charles St. location) so find one near you and check it out!
Tatte Bakery and Cafe
70 Charles St., Boston, MA, 02114