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French goodies in Miami?

Where's a good French cafe I can go to in Miami-Dade?

I'm looking for good macarons (I know of Le Boudoir in Coral Gables - is that the best and/or the only place to get macarons in Miami?), croque monsieur (I fell in love with the croque monsieur from Tartine Bakery in San Francisco and I'm hoping to find something similar), and what about other basic French cafe fare?

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  1. Paul Bakery is a French chain. There's locations in NMB, Aventura and Sawgrass and their opening on Lincoln Rd near Yuca. Decent macaroons and sandwiches.

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    1. re: lax2mia

      mia>

      You can get a croque at La Sandwicherie on 14th off Collins and at La Folie on Espanola Way...

      Check also - The French Bakery 1023 Kane Concourse · Bay Harbor Islands 305-868-5212

      AG

    2. AG hit a great one - A la Folie is delicious and the vibe there is really unique. Because its tucked away on espanola way, its quiet and you get a feeling like you are not in Miami. I also recommend "French Kiss" in Coconut Grove (review on my blog) as well as Le Bouchon du Grove in Coconut Grove. Im a big fan of French food and really enjoy both of those places.

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      1. re: Blind Mind

        I really like a la folie but the mosquitos there are really bad. You need to put some serious off on before going.

        1. re: tpigeon

          Tpigeon I live two blocks away so I understand, however there is indoor seating and plenty of off available if you decide to sit outside (and sitting inside has the added bonus of that wonderful butter smell). That should not be a reason not to go. You always put them down because of this and it is not fair, it is Miami after all. Besides past November when it is perfect outside, the charming little location and patio can't be beat. It is IMO a great place to go sit with friends and have wine and dessert crepes. I have never taken someone there that doesn't love the place.

      2. i remember joanna's marketplace having great macaroons but i haven't been there in ages.

        JoAnna's Marketplace
        8247 South Dixie Highway
        Miami, FL 33142
        305.661.5777
        http://www.joannasmarketplace.com/

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        1. re: miaedu

          I was not aware that joanna's marketplace had french macarons... are you sure they're the sandwich kind with ganache, not the coconut macarons?

          Also, I went to le sandwicherie today. The croque monsieur was a bit too expensive for what it was - they put it in regular toast bread. Nothing fancy, gourmet or high end. The one at Tartine Bakery was much more gourmet and probably 2 dollars cheaper at that.

          1. re: mialebven

            like i said it's been ages, maybe 5 years since i was there. but yes, they were imports, the french sandwhich-style. can't vouch for that now though.

        2. Another good French bakery/cafe is La Baguette at 680 NE 127 St. Telephone 395.893.3336. I love their soups in a bread bowl. Good sandwiches and salads. Excellent French pastries.

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          1. re: rebus1805

            Wao!!!, Thanks so much for letting us know that La Baguette is still open...., me and my folks love that place, but after they closed the US1 location we thought that they were gone for good and could not understand why.......

            1. re: jkatz23

              there was a piece in the herald on la baguette this past week.

              http://www.miamiherald.com/226/story/...

              1. re: jkatz23

                I think they are concentrating on wholesale. Last time I was there, was just after they moved. The dining room has 4 or 6 small tables I think.

            2. Try the French Bakery on SW 144th and US 1. It's a fantastic hole in the strip mole.