A light breeze ruffles the umbrellas shading Cafe Beau Soleil's patio as diners nibble on shrimp salad crepes and sip glasses of French wine. The primarily French staff of servers delivers a sweet and savory crepes, croque madames, and vanilla coffee; the Maryland-crab-cake omelet with avocado adds a twist of California flair to Southern France's cuisine. Pairing with lamb-shank entrees and flourless-chocolate-cake desserts, the extensive wine list features more than 60 selections hailing from France and California, in addition to a list of champagne cocktails. Meanwhile, a takeout window supplies customers with coffees, soups, salads and entrees to dine on at home, on the go, or on the lam.
Crepes are by definition light and delicate, a stark contrast to the heavy metal aesthetic of Rockin Crepes where chefs in black T-shirts name dishes after bands such as Motley Crue or White Zombie. Ingredients such as dark chocolate, strawberries, and marshmallow cream inspired diners to elect Rockin Crepes a finalist for CityVoter's Best Desserts in Orange County in 2011, but the menu also conquers savory territory. Fondue plates give diners the chance to dunk morsels of focaccia bread, marshmallows, or fruit into creamy melted cheeses and chocolates, and smoothies deliver blends of fresh fruit without any additional sugars, syrups, or cherry-shaped air fresheners. Rockin Crepes encourages their guest's inner children with vintage Atari games and brings out their inner fanatics with sport nights featuring NBA, NHL, and college football games on 15 televisions.
Cafe Tourane has one main pledge: to serve the freshest, healthiest coffee possible. The café cuts out the middlemen of warehouses and shipping by sending staffers on drives directly to their roaster to pick up beans, which wear the USDA organic seal to signify their total avoidance of synthetic pesticides and their love of stickers. While sipping on an espresso drink or a fruit smoothie, patrons can pop back sweet, sugar-dusted french beignets, served with a cool side of condensed milk for dipping. With plenty of natural light from front windows, the café is an ideal place to read a book with a cup of the fresh-brewed daily roast.