Restaurants & Bars

Albany - Cafe Saint Honore ... Oo la la ... chien chaud, canneles, and the world's best macaron

rworange | Nov 16, 200802:46 PM     12

This cafe that opened two days ago on the corner of San Pablo and Solano makes me smile for many reasons.

First, you have to like a business that has a spokes cow ..."Louis la Vache"

Second, it makes you feel French ... wanting to dust off those high school French books and parle Francais (I NEED my books)

But mainly the baked goods make my tastebuds smile ... yes they do.

That macaron was a wonder. The bright pink currant was like no other I've had ... crisp, creamy, tangy, sweet and deeply flavored. I've never had a shell on a macaron that had such a delicate crunch to it like that with a light, lovely, melty center. These are tiny, little bigger than a quarter, and only $1 ... but with more merit, personality and heart than more expensive and larger versions.

The cannele ($2) was a thing of beauty. I keep reading about custardy centers and I have never truly experienced it until now.

Very good strong coffee ...French roast I'm guessing. The sign on the pot just said frog fuel ... hey, the owners are French, so they can say anything they want in that regard. I'm not sure the brand, but someone said Holy Cow ... though I couldn't find any reference on the web. A very generous medium was $1.50.

They have a number of espresso drinks ... including Latte Mexique.

There are also drinks called "Vachenccinos"

They open at 6am and close at midnight.

Breakfast is
- 2 poached eggs with buttered baguette $5.75
- Yogurt with jam and croissant $5.25
- 1/2 baguette with butter and jam $3

Lunch includes a number of sandwiches and salads. Most are $5.75 - $6. The most expensive is the Croque Monsier for $7.50 which includes a small salad.

On the back of the menu

"Cafe-Saint-Honore is named after two famous streets in Paris, rue-Saint-Honore and rue-du-Faubourg-Saint-Honore. We want your visit to be like walking into a little corner of France. "Louis la Vache" is the official spokescow for Cafe-Saint-Honore. "Louis" has ancestral roots in Normandie, noted in France for its rich cuisine and fine dairy products."

Louis ... I've been to France. I know France ... and you sir, are better than France. Your little cafe with the bright sunny windows is very comfy. The coffee is better than in France. The baked goods I had this morning stand up to the best of them. The prices are waaaay better than France ... and most places in the East Bay ... and the staff very welcoming ... and everyone speaks English ... French optional.

Louis ... this could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship

Cafe Saint Honore
862 San Pablo Aven, Albany

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