Saturday, December 18, 2010

"Never knew the charm of Spring" until Le Café de Paris in Fort Lauderdale

Le Café de Paris       
715 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Open 5-11 p.m. daily

Many restaurants have come and gone since Le Café de Paris opened several decades ago (about five) but this Las Olas landmark remains, continuing its tradition of serving consistently good food.

No trendy, clumsy, fusion attempts here. The menu draws returning customers with the classics: Beef Wellington, Steak Dianne, Duck a l’orange ... Choose your poultry, veal or seafood with a francaise, marsala or meuniere theme - you get the picture. To round out the experience they offer Baked Alaska, Cherries Jubilee, Crepes Suzette - all very traditional and delicious and not easy to find these days in Fort Lauderdale. (Remember La Reserve, Cafe Beaujolais? Gone but not forgotten.)

Le Café de Paris provides several venues for dining, one a cozy room lined with bricks and wine bottles. Live piano music plays in the main dining area, near an attractive bar, nightly.

Not much has changed over the years except the red, white and blue awning, which fell victim to time, to Florida's heat and humidity. It was replaced not long ago with another, less eye catching beige affair with stripes of color at each end, in case some plan to return using the old awning as a landmark.

"Never knew the joy of Spring..."   from the song, April in Paris, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, 1932.

Tags: French restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, fine dining Fort Lauderdale

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