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The French Garden, downtown

mc michael | Aug 31, 200405:35 PM

I've been working downtown for over 4 years and until this month I'd never heard of this place. First, the name can be misleading. I'd say the adjective 'French' applies more to the garden than to the food which includes French, Italian and California dishes. This is only open in an odd location at 1936 East 7th Street (not far from Greyhound in the industrial district) M-F from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. So, it's lunch only at this oasis in the midst of urban chaos. I had some onion soup which so far as I could determine had no onions (none). Looked and tasted more like a thin celery soup. I had a nice slab of quiche lorraine that came with a good chilled side salad. The bread was French (room temp). The tea was some sort of fruit based something or other (Paradise?). About $12.50 including tax. Next time I'd nix the soup. There are some inside tables but clearly the attraction is eating outside. There's a full bar. A change of pace from Cafe Angelique, that's less French and more outdoorsy. Parking is free except whatever you choose to tip the valet.

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