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French cafe lifestyle in Garden Grove

SWEET TREATS  from Paris Baguette (Paris Baguette photo), with two locations in Garden Grove.

By Jim and Marilyn Tortolano

If you’re not so flush with Bitcoins that you can’t jet across the pond daily for a taste of the French café lifestyle, there are a couple of delicious options right here in Garden Grove.

E Patisserie at 12919 Main St., (north of Garden Grove Boulevard) is a charming recent edition to the downtown area, and it features a wide and moderately priced selection of pastries, lunch items –we love the ham and cheese croissant – and coffees and teas.

It’s located in what was previously the Zlakets Market and has done the former owners proud with a beautifully designed building, which has a walk-through to All About the Bride, offering beautiful bridal couture.

The staff is always friendly and helpful. What we like best about E Patisserie is its outdoor seating, which is perfect for neighborhood strollers and bicyclists like us.

Sit in the sunshine and enjoy a leisurely sip and bite and you can almost imagine yourself close to the Eiffel Tower.

E Pat is closed on Monday, but open 9-5 on Sundays, 9-8 Tuesday through Thursday and 9-9 Friday and Saturday. Call (714) 591-5859.

Another French treat is Paris Baguette. There are two of these in Garden Grove, but the newest – and our favorite – is located in The Promenade center at 9885 Chapman Ave. (west of Brookhurst Street). It’s the latest entry in the wave of appealing eateries in Garden Grove’s largest shopping center.

E PATISSERIE and Cafe on Main Street in Garden Grove (Orange County Tribune photo).

This a clean, modern facility with a bright cheerful ambience. Along one wall is a vast array of breads, pastries, sandwiches and desserts in the French tradition. You can choose from a wide array of coffee and tea choices. Soda options are limited.

The sandwiches are excellent but are all pre-made, so if you can’t tolerate, for example, mayonnaise, you might want to call ahead and place a special order.

In the evenings, the place is packed with students and others using the wi-fi and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call (714) 591-5600.

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