French Restaurants in Hayward


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  • Bijou Restaurant & Bar
    A native of Paris, Executive Chef Christian Nam-Hee sharpened his knife skills and his palate at l'Ecole de Paris des M?tiers de la Table. Today he lets his know-how blossom and wander in the kitchen of Bijou Restaurant & Bar, blending the culinary traditions of his homeland with the flavors found in northern California's seasonal organic ingredients. From his pans and cutting boards spring forth sweet-potato frites, quail stuffed with napa cabbage, and other dishes that embody the menu's inventive fusion spirit. To complement such an aesthetically poignant dining experience, the space itself?designed by DesignPlus's Pia Thomas?remains sleek and focused. The centerpiece is the bar, which glows a dreamy, iridescent amber that's complemented by ring chandeliers and absorbed by Italian leather chairs, a lounge area's plush velvet cushions, and tabletop black holes.
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    1036 B St.
    Hayward, CA US
  • Frodo Joe's Coffee and Tea
    Frodo Joe’s Coffee and Tea: A User’s Guide Iced Coffee | Sweet & Savory Crepes | Gourmet Teas | Cozy Outdoor Seating Sample Menu Entree: savory California crepe with turkey, tomato, and avocado Side: greek salad Dessert: orange, peach, banana crepe with orange sauce Where to Sit: There’s no host at the front to assign tables to guests, so it’s best to grab the first open table you see. Weather and crowds permitting, the relatively few chairs spaced along the sidewalk out front also make a nice place to enjoy a coffee and crepe. When to Go: Diners report that the establishment can get very crowded, especially on weekends. The best strategy of when to go is “early.” Expect a 15- to 20-minute wait, even on to-go orders. Fun Facts In the iced coffee drinks, the ice cubes themselves are made of coffee. It keeps drinks cool and preserves the flavor. The titular Frodo is not a hobbit, but, in fact, a pug, and something of a shop mascot. If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Hippies Brew (21988 Foothill Blvd Hayward, CA), which also serves up gourmet coffee drinks and unique breakfast specialities, including an honest-to-goodness french toast sandwich.
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    17665 Hesperian Blvd
    San Lorenzo, CA US
  • Papillon Restaurant
    Papillon Restaurant: A User’s Guide Classic French Cuisine | Desserts Flambéed Tableside | Formal Atmosphere Sample Menu Starter: french onion soup, served with puff pastry baked on top Entree: apricot-glazed pork tenderloin Dessert: crepes suzette, flambéed tableside Where to Sit: Large wraparound windows on one side of the dining room give the feeling of dining in a private solarium. Inside Tip: Papillon offers a globe-spanning wine list, but you’re welcome to bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Vocab Lesson Clafoutis: a French pastry traditionally made with black cherries covered in a flan-like batter. Cornichon: French for "gherkin," these small, tart pickles traditionally accompany pâté and other French dishes.
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    37296 Mission Blvd
    Fremont, CA US
  • Lemosse Crepe Cafe
    Located in Lemosse Crepe Cafe, Lemosse Crepe Cafe's crepes have a gooey inside and crisp outside. Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Lemosse Crepe Cafe, a local favorite. Take the kids along too — Lemosse Crepe Cafe is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love. Come order a flavorful feast at Lemosse Crepe Cafe, and sit outside if it's nice! The large dining space at Lemosse Crepe Cafe provides quick and easy seating options for large groups. Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations. The dress code is strictly casual at Lemosse Crepe Cafe, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable). Or, take your food to go. At Lemosse Crepe Cafe, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door. At Lemosse Crepe Cafe, diners can make use of the safe bike rack. Cheap meals don't have to lack flavor as shown by the innovative dishes coming out of Lemosse Crepe Cafe's kitchen.
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    5014 Mowry Ave
    Fremont, CA US
  • Gregoire
    Grégoire: A User’s Guide Fast French Cuisine | Famous Potato Puffs | Fancy Takeout | Monthly Changing Menus Sample Menu Sandwich: buttermilk-fried chicken with spicy coleslaw Side: crispy potato puffs Dessert: bread pudding Meet the Chef: Grégoire Jacquet brought his sensibility from his home of Versailles and his cooking techniques from an apprenticeship in the kitchen of a four-star restaurant. After jet-setting to the various kitchens of the Ritz-Carlton as an executive sous chef, he settled down to entertain Bay Area taste buds with a constantly updated menu of quick, accessible French favorites. In the Pantry Bread from Semifreddi's Eggs from Glaum Egg Ranch Dairy from Straus Family Creamery Sustainably farmed chicken from Petaluma Poultry Inside Tips There are a handful of seats at the counter (Oakland) or outside (Berkeley), but if you're feeding a group, make it takeout. The kitchen's small, so call ahead to order takeout if you have time constraints. While You Wait: Plot what you'll build once you've emptied Gregoire's octagonal takeout boxes, which seem almost too cute and too sturdy to toss in the recycling bin. Trophy Cabinet One of The Bay Area's 9 Top Takeout Spots, San Francisco Magazine, 2005 Best Takeout, East Bay Express, 2004 Potato puffs named one of San Francisco Magazine's Best 125 Things to Eat, 2003 When to Go: You'll find Gregoire's most beloved dishes and slightly lower prices at lunch. Vocab Lesson Cornichon: French for "gherkin," these small, tart pickles traditionally accompany pâté and other French dishes. Croque-monsieur: Originating in French cafés, this pressed sandwich is filled with ham, gruyère, and béchamel. (A fried egg turns it into a croque-madame.)
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    4001 Piedmont Ave
    Oakland, CA US
  • Crepevine
    Relax and savor Crepevine's casual ambiance and classic American cuisine. Low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free selections are also on the menu at Crepevine. Crepevine guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here. Gather the whole family for a trip to Crepevine — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. Al fresco eating options are also available at Crepevine, which offers a lovely patio seating area for warmer months. Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time. Through their catering service, Crepevine can also set out a delicious spread for your next party. Or, take your food to-go. Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot. Prices at Crepevine typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
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    5600 College Ave
    Oakland, CA US

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