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Oct 12, 2012 04:38 AM

Artisanal brunch advice

Hi, everyone. I'm going to be having brunch at Artisanal this Saturday as part of a group. Are there particular items on the brunch menu that are especially outstanding? This will be my first time at the bistro.

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  1. Love the "Frenchie": grilled Brie cheese sandwich with small green salad and one of my favorite French onion soups. Another favorite is the almond croissant French toast. My sister loves their fried fIsh & frites. Highly recommend their beignets (order them early since they sell out) and the hot chocolate that is almost as good as Angelina's in Paris.

    1. The cheese plate is always great. Just tell your server what your three havorite cheeses are and the fromagier will select three similar ones for you to try. You can also have them with membrillo, fig jam, honeyed walnuts, etc. for an additional charge.

      1. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll let you know how it was.

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        1. re: Pan

          I had the Eggs en Cocotte - two sunny side up eggs over minced spinach and gruyere. There were supposed to be mushrooms, too, but I don't think I got any. The dish was good, except for being aggressively oversalted.

          We shared an order of beignets. Those were as good as I think plain beignets can be - deceptively light, and flavored with perfect cinnamon sugar.

          Instead of dessert, I had hot chocolate. It could have been somewhat darker and more bitter, to my taste, but it was pleasant and thick, and came with two fresh marshmallows in the cup and a side of candied orange peel, half of which was embossed with chocolate.

          My share of the bill, including tax and 18% service charge, was $34 - not cheap, but it was a quality brunch. Service was a bit slammed, but it was a pleasant group meal. I would go again, some time.