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New Paris Cafe set to open in Arroyo Grande

toodie jane May 13, 2011 08:48 AM

French cuisine in AG!

I saw a fresh paint job, awnings, and papered windows at the old site of King's Fish & Chips (most recently Me & Z's) in the 1600 block of Grand Ave, opposite Spencer's Market.

I accosted the owner as he made his way from the remodeled kitchen to the outer dining room door. Our brief encounter revealed: French chef from the Alps, newly relocated to SLO, living in AG since fall, cafe set to open Monday, May 23, most everything made in-house. There is a rear dining patio that looks inviting. I know not much else, except I'll be there opening day. Opens at lunch at 11, runs to 7 or 8(?) M-Sat.

Anyone else have addtional info on the chef and/or menu? I hope local and visiting hounds will try it and report back.

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    glbtrtr May 13, 2011 09:32 AM

    Thanks for the heads up. We are also seeing these French chefs showing up in the SB areas as well and adding greatly to our culinary level of dining: Renauds, Petit Valentin and Calibressen Chocolates. Renauds and Calibressen in a few years of word of mouth excellence have now expanded to two locations. Interesting new immigration phenomenon. SBCC School of Culinary Arts has had a recent exhange program with a culinary school in France and has a French trained chef on its faculty -- I wonder if this is how the word is getting out to come to California.

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      BigGreener May 13, 2011 10:49 AM

      Thank you. I value your input to this Board (even if I disagree with your assessment of Seaside Cafe).

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        toodie jane May 17, 2011 09:10 PM

        Bayside Cafe in Morro Bay? It isn't as consistant as I'd like...

        set for lunch tomorrow at the new Le Petite Cafe, can't wait!

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        Bayside Cafe
        10 State Park Rd, Morro Bay, CA 93442

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          Bruce in SLO Jun 9, 2011 01:04 PM

          Has anyone visited and do you have anything to report ?

          1. re: Bruce in SLO
            toodie jane Jun 9, 2011 07:06 PM

            sorry...Menu is pretty extensive on lunch items, but since I had little experience with typical French cafe food, it was a bit challenging to order.

            Wait for meal was long--about 20 minutes. Yikes. Place was hopping the first week open, and my fellow diners liked their sandwiches. I had a calzone type pastry--pretty bland.

            Desserts look good but didn't have any. underwhelmed on first visit--need to go back. I think I'll go once again for lunch before or after the noon rush to compare. Prices seem very reasonable.

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              kaki3152 Jun 22, 2011 06:00 PM

              Finally, made it down to AG to try out Petit Cafe. They have an extensive sandwhich menu with a lot of choices,both hot and cold. Prices are reasonable. I had the grilled Crousticard sandwhich with proscuitto, raclette cheese and swiss cheese. Very nice hot sandwhich from a sandwhich press with the grill marks on the bread. About $7 or so.
              The service is very friendly. I talked to a server and he said they are havin $20 Prix Fixe dinners on Friday. I definitively have to try it out. Will try some more items and post another report.

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