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Vive La Cuisine!
Charlotte Farrell | Photo: Michael Balderas | April 7, 2014
With local favorite Farmhouse Café recently closed, San Diegans are missing that April in Paris pied a terre. But fret not Francophiles, here’s a list of our favorite French eateries to fill the void. Bust out that French dictionary!
1. Chef Katie Grebow is at the helm of downtown gem Café Chloe, whipping up bistro dishes that would make Julia Child proud. The interior is tres Left Bank, with its glossy black bar and gleaming white marble-top tables. Start with zucchini blossom beignets, move on to the steak frites with white truffle butter, and top it all off with some homemade coconut crème brulée ice cream. Don’t skip the cheese plate–it’s legendary. Want to partake in a bit of people watching? Grab a seat outside to experience that classic Parisian pastime. Bon appetit! 21 9th Ave., 619.232.3242
2. Duck fat French fries, anyone? North Park’s Smoking Goat embodies rustic French flair with an urban edge. Warm brick walls and wooden trimmings by S.D. design house Bells & Whistles set the stage for executive chef and owner Fred Piehl’s constantly changing menu that highlights hormone free meats, organic veggies, boutique wines and craft beers. Don’t miss that savory rack of lamb, or chef’s sweetbreads, when they’re on the menu. 3408 30th St., 619.955.5295
3. Don’t let the name fool you. Champagne Bakery is less about the bubbly, more about the delightfully decadent pastries. This Del Mar Highlands sweet boutique nails the fin de siecle patisserie look, its gleaming glass display loaded with flaky chocolate croissants and delicate fruit tarts, and even savory quiche (we like the smoked salmon) if your appetite goes beyond the éclairs and custard-filled brioche (wash it down with an espresso). A second location in Carmel Mountain means there is ample opportunity to get a taste of Paris au printemps, minus the tourists. 12955 El Camino Real, 858.792.2222
4. Nestled in Rancho Santa Fe, Mille Fleurs evokes the classic Parisian eateries of the City of Light’s genteel 7th arrondissement. Outdoors, the sunny tiled courtyard boasts bright yellow umbrellas and an array of lush green flora. Tuesday through Saturday nights, hit the Piano Bar—maybe request a bit of La Vie En Rose? The longtime favorite is now hosting monthly Taste of Terriors dinners the last Tuesday of every month, which includes three-courses of Chef Martin Woesle’s refined cuisine paired with five wines with origins from all corners of the world. With only 30 seats available, make sure to reserve yours ASAP. Allons-y! 6009 Paseo Delicias, 858.756.3085
5. Latin Quarter hipsters would feel right at home amidst the stone walls, exposed ceilings, and chalk menu walls of Kensington resto Bleu Boheme. A must for any Francophile is a buttery, garlicky dish of traditional Escargot (oui, snails!), and we love the moules frites, with drool inducing variations like Roquefort, a la Crème d’ail, au Champignons…the list goes on. Mangez! 4090 Adams Ave, 619.255.4167