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May 13, 2011 08:48 AM

New Paris Cafe set to open in Arroyo Grande

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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  1. 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.

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

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      1. re: BigGreener

        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!

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

        1. re: toodie jane

          Has anyone visited and do you have anything to report ?

          1. re: Bruce in SLO

            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.

            1. re: toodie jane

              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.