Anthony Roche pulls freshly baked croissants from the ovens at Le Parisien Cafe. He fills these daily baked goods with lunch fixings, pairs them with omelets, or lets customers enjoy their buttery goodness on their own. Anthony's croissants embody just some of the authentic French tastes one can find at Le Parisien Cafe. Delicate crepes, rich eclairs, and light macarons as well as salads, sandwiches, and a host of coffee favorites complete the menu.
Some years ago, Muriel Loubiere was building an enviable career around New York City as the creator of a menu that had received the New York Times's coveted "Excellent" rating. And though she uprooted everything to relocate to California, one can't really blame her?she was in search of warmer climes, and Aptos's location beside Soquel Cove was a welcome reminder of her upbringing on the French Riviera. It was there that she opened her own restaurant, Au Midi, where she prepares dishes that elegantly fuse French and Californian flavors.
Parts of Au Midi's menu are steadfastly French, including a cassoulet made from Toulouse sausage and duck confit. But other dishes balance Pacific and Mediterranean elements, such as Californian mussels cooked with fresh tomatoes, brandy, cream, and garlic. Many of the dishes are made with organic produce from local farmers. Naturally, the wine list is split between French and Californian varietals.
Even after swapping coasts, Muriel's hardly lost any steam. She's currently listed in the Best Chefs America directory, a list that's compiled from interviews with other chefs and nominations by various culinary professionals and the raccoons that eat from the restaurants' dumpsters.
Sweet Pea's Cafe & Catering specializes in crepes for breakfast and lunch, accenting their café food with coffee from North Coast Roasting Company. Breakfast stretches from open to close, boasting eggs benedict crepes and fluffy farm-fresh omelettes wrapped around avocado or apple sausage. Savory crepes enclose fillings of salmon or brie, while sweet crepes are stuffed with Nutella, strawberries, or a light combo of lemon and sugar. Gluten-averse patrons can comfortably enjoy both gluten-free crepes and gluten-free sandwiches stacked on Udi’s breads. At the Capitola location, paintings and other work from local artists populate the walls of the cozy café.
A neon-pink sign beckons diners into the Sweet Spot shop, where a counter stocked with colorful treats and toppings awaits. The staffers behind the counter adorn ice cream and frozen yogurt with fruit and candy as they keep an eye on the sweet and savory crepes that sizzle on grills. They also top off cups with boba tea and smoothies. Tabletops are scattered across the shop?s interior, where cheerful, checkered decor and an absence of wild boars squealing and knocking over chairs create a warm, comfortable atmosphere.
The quiet, intimate atmosphere at this restaurant helps it stand amongst the very best fine dining options in the Bay Area. To take a tour of the menu, order the Four Course Prix Fixe. With your choice of three dishes from the extensive menu in addition to a main course, get ready to experience a wild ride of flavor. Don’t miss the Slow Poached Lobster, which is full of the flavors of lemongrass, sweet basil and tamarind gel. The Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Maitake Mushrooms, Potato Gratin and Bone Marrow is a tasty, succulent option among the Main Course menu. Don’t forget about dessert! The Soufflé Grand Marnier with Fresh Berries is out of this world!
This eatery focuses on French-Vietnamese fusion and serves everything from five-spice Vietnamese beef stew, to meat loaf in mushroom sauce, to herb-crusted salmon. It’s all affordable, too. The most expensive dish, an Australian rack of lamb, is only $32. (The cheapest, meanwhile, are kids’ plates like chicken nuggets and cheese ravioli.)