Well, you have found mmm-yoso!!! and are probably wanting to read about food. Cathy is blogging today; Kirk and ed(from Yuma) are busy with other things.
The other day, The Mister and I found ourselves in Escondido around lunch time. I recalled that I had met a friend for lunch somewhere around here a few years ago and thought I had enjoyed it. So we parked, we walked and then I recognized the facade. It seems that there are several newly opened restaurants on Grand Avenue, this main street downtown, and even the ownership of A Delight of France has changed recently.
The interior is neat and clean and looks like I think it would look if located in France.
As with bistros, you walk up, order, pay and find a seat. I also fetched my own coffee and water and silverware. A very nice lady (I think the owner) came over and asked if I would like some bread. This half a baguette of still warm, crisp crusted French bread, along with strawberry preserves and butter was brought out while we waited for our food.
Soon, my plate- the French Deli plate ($10.75)- was brought out. A large plate filled with a selection of four meats, including pate, saucisson, ham and turkey, a grainy mustard as well as Brie and cheddar cheese , a hard boiled egg, tomatoes, cucumber, pickles, olives, cornichons and a small scoop of a wonderful egg salad. This was a fresh, tasty selection and filling lunch.
The Mister ordered the Quiche du Jour ( a choice of ham and cheese or spinach this day) ($8.95). It comes with the side salad which is lightly dressed and, as you can see, a salad made of a variety of lettuces, cucumber, celery and tomatoes. The quiche was deceptively large/deep, filled with ham and cheese and a nutmeg flavored custard with a wonderful flaky light crust.
We did not have room for dessert, but the selection was beautiful and plentiful. Business was brisk, with the seating area filling up just after we had ordered. All in all, a nice lunch on a beautiful street that is reinventing itself. We will make an effort to visit more, especially the newer restaurants.
A Delight of France 126 West Grand Avenue (between Broadway and Maple-Broadway is the divider between East and West) Escondido 92025 (760)746-2644 website