Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Review: French Market Café

The regular Sunday column for this blog will now be my "Sunday Review." One thing about being a recent grad in a new scary place is that, you have no idea where to go or what to do for anything social. Ever. I'm going to be reviewing venues, activities and restaurants every Sunday. Hopefully this won't be too much fun or I might break my budget.

This week's lucky venue...

French Market Café (yelp)
2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

A group of my friends and I came here for a lovely late dinner on Friday. It was my first time venturing into Venice outside the beach and I'm glad we did. This little restaurant is tucked away off Abbot Kinney but is surprisingly quiet and quaint. Most of the seating is on a wonderful front open porch (or deck...if that's what you want to call it). It gives the place a refreshing atmosphere that is hard to find anywhere.

The food is delicious but relatively simple. My one friend had the boeuf bourguignon
and the other ordered ratatouille. They both looked delicious.

On the other hand, I went for the Croque Monsieur. I had a long week people, don't judge my comfort food.

I was pleasantly surprised by my dish. I've been to many French restaurants and I always feel this sandwich equals greasy grilled goodness. But my sandwich was still tasty like good comfort food should be but it was not dripping in grease. It was marvelous!

Overall, we had a great time. Our server was very funny and we were able to share a delicious bottle of red wine on the cheap. If you're in the Venice area and want a nice outdoor cafe where you can chat, check out French Market Café


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