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St. Tropez

You could easily walk right by and be completely unaware it’s there. That would be such a shame because you need to experience St. Tropez Bakery & Bistro. Unassuming from the outside, but upon entering you know you just bought yourself a one-way ticket to Paris.

Luscious shades of deep blue, burgundy and gold invite you into the delights that await. Gaze at the ceiling and become enchanted by the mural of a translucent blue sky. You almost want to lie on the ground and watch the clouds roll by. Wrought-iron railing sections off the quaint intimate interior, with café chairs and benches provided for your comfort. There is even an old-fashioned street lamppost in the center to light your way.

The menu has a full array of traditional and alternative French cuisine serving breakfast, lunch or dinner. With such a dazzling display of options, we decided to give several a try. First up for “breakfast” was the Croque Madame (French grilled ham & cheese with egg on top) which was magically delicious, matched only by its melt-in-your-mouth preparation – it was truly excellent!

For “lunch” we sampled a classic French Panini called a Menton (roast beef, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, French pickle, mustard and mayonnaise) served hot on a freshly baked Baguette accompanied by a large green salad. We also enjoyed the Cannes (all natural turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, French pickle, Swiss cheese, mustard & mayonnaise). The sandwiches were plentiful and the mixtures of appetizing ingredients left you wanting more, especially with the delicious bread. They were just splendid.

If you have any room left, there are many tasty treats for dessert including the crepe menu or the showcase of pastries from the bakery counter. We ordered the Banana-Nutella and the Berry Fruit crepe. Both were topped with whipped cream and a drizzling of chocolate or raspberry. At this point you have now given in and gone to heaven, there is nothing left to say.

Next time walk past the Starbucks on Fifth Ave in Hillcrest and enter a magnificent Parisian café featuring their own unique blends of coffees, teas and espressos. Beer and wine are also offered if you want to jazz it up. Go for breakfast, go for lunch, go for dinner – just go. St. Tropez has several locations in and around San Diego to dazzle you. Enjoy!

The good – whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, St. Tropez served it up right

The bad – in Hillcrest anyway parking is usually an issue

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  • City: San Diego
  • Phone: 619-497-0297
  • Name: St. Tropez Bistro & Bakery
  • Address: 3805 Fifth Ave