Cafe Marché has closed.
mmm-yoso!!! is a food blog, written by a few friends: Kirk, ed (from Yuma) and Cathy do the majority of posts here, but a few others have helped out as well. Today, it's Cathy's turn to write while the guys are 'researching' in various parts of the USA and world.
It's that time of year when The Mister and I just get in the car, drive and stop when one of us is hungry. The other day, we found ourselves in South La Jolla on the fairly new La Jolla Boulevard that has added circles in the middle of the road, so you have to drive slowly, zig zagging at 15 miles per hour, instead of stopping at every corner.
As I drove slowly, we saw this- Café Marché. It used to be a different restaurant where we had never stopped. This time, I found a parking space (the parking lot has green lines painted in it, but is labeled 'Customer Parking Only' and not '15 minute parking' as are green lined spots on the street).
I didn't get a photo of the counter when we walked in, but a good variety of freshly prepared deli items and flavored popcorns are available to grab and go.
We sat near the front, and had a nice view of the painted Bird Rock on the wall. The breakfast and lunch menus were brought to us.
The Mister ordered coffee ($2) and a thermal pot was brought to him. It was a very good, fresh brewed French roast coffee.
The Mister's order came with a 'small salad', which was quite large and served with a very nice herbed balsamic dressing.
Short story: The Mister and I had just been reminiscing about late night stops at Denny's after the UGLi (undergraduate library) closed, and how we always ordered a "Super Bird", a sort of Monte Cristo sandwich...
So, when the Monte Cristo Crépe ($8.50) was on the menu at Cafe Marché, He had to order it. I must say, this was *wonderful* and had a good amount of ham and turkey and cheese inside the *very* perfect, thin and flavorful crépe.
When I looked at the menu, I could not decide, asked what the soup of the day was and was told that in addition to French onion, the 'soup' was actually a chili. ($5). I had to try it and was very, very happy I did. Our (very nice and attentive) Waiter said it was his Mother's recipe...and I want that recipe! Ground beef, black, kidney and garbanzo beans, corn and a perfect blend of spices, topped with cheese and a dollop of sour cream and...a perfect meal. It was accompanied by grilled Focaccia, which was so very fresh and apparently what is used for sandwiches here...sandwiches which I'll order next time.
What a great place. So glad we stopped here.
Marché Café 5550 La Jolla Blvd La Jolla CA 92037 (623)332-3505