Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with gingerbread-biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of organic, European-style baked goods and beverages at Boulangerie Nantaise in Belltown.
Open for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and first-half-of-the-day snack time, Boulangerie Nantaise puts pep into patrons' steps by means of healthy, all-organic grub. The French-infused bakery serves up an array of specially prepared goodies to appease even the most ravenous Paul Bunyan clones, including handcrafted artisan breads ($0.85–$5.50), authentic European pastries ($1–$5.20), specialty salads ($3.50–$6.73), soups ($5.27–$7.27), and sandwiches ($6.82), with lots of veggie and vegan options. Start your Francophile day by breaking through the sweet crunch of a twice-baked almond croissant ($3.75) chased with a shot of espresso, vivid and tasty as a skydive through clouds of unearthly mana. Come midday, indulge in a toasty le dinde grillée sandwich stuffed with turkey, havarti, roasted red peppers, Dijon mustard, and butter, or keep your lunch hour light with a petite la vegan salad (roasted red peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and mixed greens; $3.50) topped off with a seasonal fruit tart ($4.50).
All of Boulangerie Nantaise's menu items are made fresh daily to ensure maximum deliciousness and maintain a balanced e-Farmer's Almanac. Grab a seat at one of the bakery's cozy outdoor tables to people-watch as you enjoy your edibles, or just swing by to pick up a few fresh loaves to contribute to a summer picnic with a gaggle of hungry-eyed ghostwriters. Boulangerie Nantaise's quaint, old-world charm lets you feel like you traversed the Atlantic in search of authentic tastes without the inconvenience of salt brine and stubborn barnacles.
Boulangerie Nantaise (formerly Biofournil) has received positive reviews from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the blog Gastrolust. Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars. Eight Citysearchers give it a four-star average, and 80% of more than 60 Urbanspooners recommend it:
- I wish I hadn't discovered how amazing the croissants are! Delicate, flaky and buttery...delicious! – Shay B., Yelp
- After visiting France for a month I can honestly say this is the closest I've gotten to authentic tasting French Bread – Mary A., Yelp
- This is a great little shop putting out some big time pastries and sandwiches. – Rodney B., Urbanspoon