French Restaurants in Ashland


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  • 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
  • Bijou Restaurant & Bar
    Executive Chef Rodrigo Cedeño sharpened his knife skills and his palate across California, picking up technical know-how at Collins College of Hospitality Management before training under chefs at Vu Restaurant and RN74 in San Francisco. Today he lets his know-how blossom and wander in the kitchen of Bijou Restaurant & Bar, blending his French and modern cuisine training with the flavors found in northern California's seasonal organic ingredients. From his pans and cutting boards spring forth a rotating selection of seasonal specialties with distinct flavor profiles, such as butternut squash risotto with brown butter and diver scallops served with blistered grapes. 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
  • Le Paradis
    The premier destination for a flavorful menu, Le Paradis in Hayward is one of the area's top-rated restaurants. The reasonable prices allow visitors to focus on what matters: the fantastic food. There's no specific recommended attire, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Also, though the prices are considered to be lower than average, you aren't going to sacrifice any quality. In fact, you should be able to enjoy a good meal for $11 or $12, and can probably get in and out for $8 if you try. There really is something for everyone, with gluten-free options, as well as low-fat and vegetarian items on the robust menu. Plus, if you're on the lookout for the perfect spot for family or friends, it's been reviewed as a solid option for large groups and kids. In addition to its quick service (take-out is available), the restaurant also offers delivery, and can even cater an event for you. Specializing in lunch, a trip to Le Paradis is definitely worthwhile. Visitors to the restaurant have access to a private lot nearby or can park on the street. Prefer to pedal there? Bicycle parking is also provided.
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    22809 Mission Blvd
    Hayward, 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
  • A Cote
    Head to A Cote, a local Mediterranean restaurant, for good times and good eats. Those watching what they eat can still enjoy A Cote's menu, which features a number of healthy and low-fat items. At A Cote, easily plan a night out with family, friends, coworkers and more — large parties are always welcome, and a private room is available for use. A Cote's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in A Cote for catering. A Cote patrons can find street parking at the College Ave location. A meal at A Cote will typically set you back about $30. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at A Cote, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
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    5478 College Ave
    Oakland, CA US

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