By Celina Tennant
I had the rare chance to enjoy a day off from work and knew exactly how I wanted to spend it. I woke up early and headed to Tatte in Brookline to get some work done and enjoy some good food, though I actually came away with much more than that. At a large, communal table in the middle of this Parisian-esque bakery, I had a short conversation with a man who was passionate about food, family, and life. He told me that he was a general contractor in New York, he was a father to seven children, one going to medical school in Boston, and when was the best time to get lamb in the Eastern Mediterranean islands.
It was an uncharacteristically warm day in October, so the seats both inside and out were filled. I stepped into a clean, bright café with a long line of people looking over the assorted pastries and desserts. Luckily for me, they were taking orders from the breakfast menu at the end of the counter where the registers were set up, so I had some time to decide between all of the dishes that I wanted.
I ordered the House Latté ($4.75) made with honey-halva and cardamom, which I picked up at a coffee-making station.
I also chose the Croque Monsieur ($10.50), a French version of a ham and cheese. In this case it was elevated with a house made croissant, sliced ham, gruyère and mornay sauce, a fried egg in the middle, and chopped chives on top. Though a Croque Madame is usually the eggy partner to a Croque Monsieur, the egg was a nice surprise and the yolk was perfectly runny.
If you’re looking for a relaxing time with choices of delectable dishes and pastries, Tatte is the place to be. They have five locations across Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline and every location offers an all day breakfast/lunch menu and a brunch menu on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. As parting words from my new friend at the end of my trip to Tatte, “If you understand food, you will love food.” Amen.
1003 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446