Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Café des Artistes in Jupiter - A breath of French air

Café des Artistes
318 South US Highway 1, Suite 101
Jupiter, FL
Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and takeout

If the only reason for visiting the Jupiter Yacht Club and Marina is dining at the Café des Artistes, it’s a good one. The food is quite palatable and the ambiance provides an interesting blend of France and Florida.

There’s ample seating both indoors and out. An umbrella-covered patio that provides sufficient refuge from sun and rain overlooks a waterway with docked boats, a perfect setting for any meal. A cozy bar inside draws those looking for some good conversation to go with a glass of wine. Patrons feel comfortable practicing their French with the French-speaking staff; all attempts - even bad ones - are welcome. 

The menu is filled with some traditionally French items – quiche, French onion soup, duck à L’orange, escargot, foie gras, and various patés. Dinner items (average $26) include a selection of seafood, lamb, steak, pork and chicken, replete with typically French sauces.

View from the patio
For lunch, I passed up the burgers and quiche and settled on a salad with large, pan-seared scallops ($18); these seafood treasures were as  fresh as they were delicious. A chicken sandwich (about $10) my companion ordered was dominated by the baguette it was served on. An open-faced sandwich of the same would have been better. Their featured tarte tatin  - apples caramelized in butter and sugar atop a light, flaky pastry - proved to be an appropriately sweet ending to the meal. This very French dessert could tempt me again.

Breakfast at Café des Artistes is a Continental affair with pastries, fruit tarts and croissants.

Café des Artistes closes in late June for about two months. I plan to stop in again before they say au revoir for the summer; the staff, setting and menu are worthy of a repeat performance.

Tags: Dining in Jupiter, waterfront dining in Jupiter, French café in Jupiter.

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