The Cheese Course

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French cheese and wine shop/gourmet market/bistro in Midtown. We stopped in Saturday for an early light lunch.


What we had:




I had the Peppered Roast Beef sandwich on a wheat baguette with a thick slice of creamy Bleu Cheese, light and fresh raspberry cranberry relish, and greens. Although I couldn't taste the pepper, this was a well-rounded sandwich. The bleu cheese was well-marbled and creamy, the beef was of good quality, and the relish brought a nice elevating level of brightness to the whole affair. A bite of pepper would have put this sandwich over the edge, but it was certainly satisfying without it. The baguete was also dense, chewy and fresh.




My DH had the Southwest Chicken Breast Sandwich--Non-fried chicken breast with melted Monterey Jack, roasted red peppers, basil pesto, mayonnaise, and greens on a baguette. This was a deceptively light sandwich, with a lot of flavors mixing well to provide a satisfying light lunch.


D├ęcor:

We ate outside at one of the long weathered wooden tables with glass lantern-style hurricane lights. The French gourmand country chic style is carried through inside with a few more timeless communal tables and little pops of eclectic French wine country touches among the trappings of a working gourmet cheese, wine and sundry shop.

Sitting out front early on a Saturday was nice--a light breeze, the air holding only a promise of the mid-day heat, and plenty of people from the surrounding buildings walking their dogs or taking a run.


Service:

Friendly enough for just after opening time (10:30 a.m.)


Overall impressions:

A nice little place to pop in for a sandwich or party setup where cheese is king.


Rating:

3.5 out of 5 salamanders





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