Cafe Paris Cranford
I'm not the biggest expert on bistros and cafes, but i do have some experience with Cafe Paris. I've worked there off and on for the past four years or so on school breaks. My older brother, the young guy generally wearing a black cap, has worked there for about 6 years as well, so i've been around the area a lot. still, forgive me for not remembering all of the correct names we use, i only remember numbers (which are listed on the menu)
The cafe has a large range of Crepes with an average price of 8 dollars or so, depending what's in it. they seem pricey, but they're huge and stuffed to the brim. stuffings range anywhere from fresh fruit to nutella to chestnut creme, my favorite being the apple crepe with vanilla sauce.
there are also savory crepes, which we call "Gallettes" (impress your friends!) which have a buckwheat base instead of the normal flour base. the most popular are the number 4, the spinach, roasted peper, mushroom and goat or mozzarella gallette. most people get goat on that for a stronger taste. another favorite is the number 10, the grilled chicken, prosciutto, red onion, garlic, swiss cheese and mushroom gallette. like the regular crepes, these guys are HUGE. they also come with a baby green salad.
we have a lot of different soups, all made on premisis, and in the fall our squash soup turns into a pumpkin soup which is seriously the bee's knees. i'm pretty upset that i go to school in Savannah and can't get any in the fall. We also have a large range of large salads as well.
there are a few omelette on the menu, all of them are 3 egg omelette and are stuffed to the gills. they can also be made with egg whites if need be, and all are 8.95 with a side salad.
all 12 of the sandwich are served hot, all exept the crossaunt and the croque madame/monsuir are served on fresh chibata bread from a local bakery. the average price is about 8 dollars. they're large sandwich and come with a sidesalad. my favorite is the number 8, the smoked salmon, red pepper, onion and goat cheese sandwich.
we also have about 6 quiches that are baked just about daily, spinach, quiche lorraine, chicken, ham, asparagus, and broccoli. these are all 7.95 with a side salad.
the specials are a bit more of a mystery for me, i have never heard any complaints about them though. they're a bit on the pricey side, but you get a rather large portion.
the cafe is a BYOB and we're happy to get you water and glasses to accompany anything you bring.
the cakes in the case are all from local bakeries and the icecream we use is also from a local shop as well. we try and keep it all small buisness. the owner is from Paris, and is often there working. she recently sold the Metutchen cafe to her two oldest daughters but continues to keep a hand in everything, which includes sending some of the cranford employees over to help when understaffed. also, the main cook is also from France.
now that i've avoided my watercolor assignment for a good half hour, i think i've said enough. the Cafe's hours are generally 10-10, open everyday except for monday. if you stop by, say hello to my brother from Pamela.
Since we are talking about Cranford I wanted to mention we went to Avenue East (a/e) yesterday evening. It was a huge disappointment. We will give them the benefit of the doubt and we may try again after the start up problems (?) get cleaned up but here is the lowdown:
They only had tap water for water, no sparkling, club, mineral, just tap
Service was bad. I felt like we were disturbing our waiter in being there.
My salt fried calamari was chewy and the pieces were too large
My spicy cripy whole fried snapper actually had no taste, no joke. The dipping sauce was more sweet then spicy.
Girlfriends green curry tofu tasted like the only spice in it was black pepper.
No desserts yet, some time next week.
My friends went here a few weeks ago, shortly after they opened and covered Westfield with an avalanche of mailings. Not ready for prime time then, according to my friends, who were OK with the food, but slammed the place for the service--understaffed and overwhelmed. Sounds like the owners of Avenue East are slow learners.
I would agree with AppleSpam. I have been to both locations, Cranford and Metuchen. Pretty solid crepes and a few other french type dishes. Nothing spectucalar or particularly creative but reliably good. Coffees and other drinks are also above average. Service was usually friendly and attentive although not always consistently so. If you like crepes this place is for you. Prices are reasonable.