After he took the throne, Napoleon instituted the tradition of serving bread with every meal to put his mother's baguette-heavy care packages to use. Indulge in French tradition with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of French bistro lunch fare at Marché in Lewiston.
Marché pleases midday noshers Monday–Friday with a menu sprinkled with french crêpes, salads, and signature sandwiches. Chef Molly Basile and her staff sate crêpe crusaders with house-made crêpes ($2.50–$15) created using Julia Child's original recipe and stuffed with flavorful fillings such as all-natural Maine lobster, sautéed mushrooms, and fresh Maine blueberries. The chickpea parmesan salad packs a healthy protein punch ($7.50), and the braised short-rib sandwich draws on the powers of house-made cherry-tomato compote, onion straws, and a floured roll to bring peace and tranquility to strife-ridden valleys of taste buds ($9). Rotisserie chicken punches up poultry by filling it with fresh herbs, garlic cloves, and Cabot Creamery butter and spinning it on a rotisserie until it's cooked and ready to rest dizzily next to green beans ($9, call for availability).
An array of bold colors fills the cozy, 40-person restaurant, where guests can linger at the full-service bar and welcome table before taking their seats and reminiscing about their all-time-favorite salad forks. Lunch is served in the main dining room—from which guests can peer into the open kitchen to observe chefs in their natural habitat—as well as (most days) in Le Salon Bleu, where eaters can take 1 of 14 seats at a custom-made community table resting below wine-glass chandeliers.