Saturday, October 01, 2005


This morning we drove into posh San Marino to check out a French Cafe called Julienne (2649 Mission St.). We arrived around noon at the end of their breakfast seating. We had come to have some lunch and a glass of wine, but when we saw how amazing the breakfast dishes looked, we were wondering if we made a mistake not to come earlier. We were soon seated on the sidewalk patio which is really, really nice. If the weather is right, sit outside.

We got our menus and had a few moments of sheer panic when we thought they didn't serve wine. But, luckily for us, they did and we each got a glass of Pinot Noir. I ordered the croque monsier while my wife opted for the herb roasted half chicken served with very large and very delicious french fries (the fries came with a homemade dijion mustard which is fabulous!) Our lunch was amazing however, I'd have to say that my dish resembled nothing like an authentic, French croque monsier. It was all jazzed up..kind of a poncey, California version (basil pesto ? ĂȘtes-vous fou!) It was good though. But, I saw the waiter bringing a sirloin burger to the table next us and I was pretty jealous I didn't order that. Next time! It was a pretty leisurely and filling lunch. Julienne is definitely a "ladies-who-lunch" kind of restaurant.

After we ate, we went into the gourmet market next door which served some snazzy prepared foods. We walked around and came up with loads of dinner ideas. We'll be back for sure.


At 5:47 PM, Blogger Natty said...

Oh my lord, I love this place. Have you ever been to Nicole's? It's a sort-of-French deli in South Pas, just a block from the Gold Line stop, really close to Busters, and it's cheap. Perfect Saturday afternoon lunch spot, but skip the soups. Mmm.


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