It is a very rare occasion that I find myself eating authentic French food, mostly because it doesn’t even come close to a starving artist’s budget, even for a splurge day. No escargots for me. But, what I love most about being a starving artist is that I have managed to fill my life with amazing, generous people. And it just so happens I was with one of those amazing people last Friday when I visited Le Petit Café in Santa Monica. My dear friend and mentor Byron Adams, to whom I affectionately refer as “Auntie Byron,” treated me to lunch here. She assured me that the food was to die for, and she was not wrong.
The restaurant is beyond charming, small, with décor that oozes French countryside. Hand-decorated plates adorn the walls and matching cloths cover the country-style tables. We were waited on by Neil, son to one of the owners, who is a delicious 6’4″ piece of French cuisine. Terribly sweet with that French accent and ponytail. I could not resist ordering the French onion soup (pictured above). It was utterly divine. I also enjoyed a house-made vegetable quiche and side salad. Also fantastic. Byron got a Salade Niçoise, which, we both noted, is a REAL Nicoise with high-end canned tuna. Normally I forgo dessert, but I simply could not. Byron insisted I try the chocolate mousse, which was beyond thick and indulgent.
The verdict: This is without question a payday destination, but I can assure you it would be well worth your money, particularly if you appreciate good French food. I adored eating here and look forward to returning when my wallet (or benefactor) allows.
Le Petit Café
2842 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica 90404
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