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St. Tropez Bakery & Bistro

Croque Madame
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You could easily walk right by it and be completely unaware it’s there. That would be such a loss because you need to stop in your tracks and enter St. Tropez Bakery & Bistro. Unassuming from the outside, once you enter 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 allow yourself to be enchanted by the mural of a translucent blue sky (you almost want to lay 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 with offerings of breakfast, lunch or dinner. With such a dazzling display of options, we decided to give all three a try. First up for “breakfast” was the Croque Madame (French grilled ham & cheese with egg on top) which was wonderfully succulent in its flavor, matched only by its melt-in-your-mouth preparation – it was truly excellent!


French Panini - Menton


Next up for “lunch” we tried a classic French Panini hot sandwich called a Menton (roast beef, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, French pickle, mustard and mayonnaise) served on a freshly baked Baguette and accompanied by a large green salad. The sandwich was plentiful, and the mixtures of appetizing ingredients left you wanting more, especially with the delicious grilled bread. It was just splendid.

“Dinner” rolled around with Moules Au Curry (mussels served with a white wine curry sauce) that were the absolute best I have ever had and the curry sauce was unbelievable. For entrees, St. Tropez has fish, chicken, beef and pastas to choose from, but in keeping with the French theme we ordered the Blanc De Poulet Sauce Au Poivre (chicken breast with a pepper sauce, mushroom ragout, potato gratin and poached pear). Ahhhh, just a moment, I am still savoring the provocative nuances of the dish. The chicken was so wonderfully tender with a hint of spice from the peppercorns. The potato gratin, with its slivers of potato was tantalizingly moist. The mushroom ragout only added to the meal and the poached pear made for a nice diversion for the pallet. The meal was enhanced by some of their delectable cocktails (try the Eurasian Martini) and beer and wine are also available (the Australian Masterpiece Shiraz was excellent).


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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 Peach-fruitis crepe. They 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.

So next time walk past the Starbucks and enter a magnificent Parisian café where they have their own unique blends of coffees, teas and espressos. Go for breakfast, go for lunch, go for dinner – just go. They also have a great weekend brunch menu (for an extra five dollars you get an endless supply of champagne with any entrée). Not a bad way to spend a weekend afternoon. St. Tropez has seven locations in and around San Diego to dazzle you. Enjoy!

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  • City: San Diego, CA 92103
  • Phone: 619-497-0297
  • Name: St. Tropez Bakery & Bistro
  • Address: 3805 Fifth Avenue