I suppose the tactful way to examine the tartine duo ($9.50) at Julius Meinl is to take a look at both offerings and admit that each brings different flavors to the game. But whenever I see two sandwiches on the same plate, even if they happen to be open-faced ones, all I can think about is a battle for delicious supremacy (okay, that's a little overdramatic). Luckily, that's easy.
While the butternut squash and pumpernickel bread tartine up front (and in focus) is certainly satisfying and looks beautiful, it is a mere warmup for the excessive cheesiness of the brie and pear on toasted walnut raisin bread. Sweet, creamy, and funky, it's a stunning little bite. As with everything at Julius Meinl, it's straightforward but exceedingly well done.