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L'Artiste Patisserie

Bob Brooks | May 27, 200511:03 PM

Thanks to JudiAU's post I had the happy opportunity to check this place out today for a late breakfast.

It is located in the shopping center on the north side of Ventura at Louise. (Think Sav-On).

At 10:45 it was virtually emtpy. It has seating for about 16 people inside but also extends to a lovely patio in the plaza with a roughly equivalent number of tables. I predict this place will be jammed for Sunday breakfasts very soon.

I had a very nice ham and cheese omelette. It was served with potatoes that could have been cooked a bit longer and the cheese was on the top of the omelette, instead of inside, which is not my preference.

The pastry case was gorgeous! Truly beautiful stuff, but not lots of it.

They did have a wonderful array of macaroons. About eight flavors. I had a pistachio; it was great.

One very odd thing occurred, however. While I was enjoying my omelette, a woman came in to look around. She wanted a challah which, of course, they didn't have.

She then asked the young cashier if their baguettes had butter in them. The cashier didn't know and went into the kitchen to ask one of the cooks if they knew. They didn't. The chef, who had been out for a breath of air, returned a minute later and he, too, was asked.

He said that the baguettes were the only things that they didn't make on premises. But, he said, since they are French, they probably contain a little bit. WHAT???!!!

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