Eat at: St. Honoré Boulangerie.

LA’s got salad. There are organic, local, sustainable greens actually growing in our glove compartments. But I’ve seen nary a Niçoise that compares with the one that stole my heart once upon a time at St. Honore in Portland, OR. Yukon Gold potatoes, haricot vert, roma tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, tuna fish, Niçoise olives, anchovies, house vinaigrette, and mixed greens. It’s the heartiest salad west of the Seine.

Stick around for an espresso and a bag of puffy pastry Chouquettes. Or really take a Parisian plunge and get dessert. Get two desserts! Especially delicious are the toasty Hazelnut Caramel Dacquoise and the summery Strawberry Mille Feuille. *I feel well traveled just typing French words…

Pull up to the bar with a glass of wine while you wait, and get a free ticket to the gun bread show! Watch the French baking wizards work the clay firebrick oven right before your eyes. Listen for authentic French accents in the crowd at the NW location. It’s a bustling neighborhood favorite just about any time of day.

Talk to me, Baby.

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