“Oh, to be in Paris now that spring is here!” (or almost here.) But that’s not in the cards for me this year, so I was pleased to learn of an alternative.
“We must go to the the new French cafe,” I said to Cyndy after hearing about the place that opened recently on Lindell. She quickly agreed. Later she checked their website and pronounced it delightful. So off we went in search of Like Home French Cafe and Pastry Shop. It was an easy find, because it’s on the corner just a few doors west of the Moolah Theater.
A mother-daughter team runs the quaint little shop. They’re both bakers from a small town in France. The daughter, Clemence Pereur, studied pastry and chocolate making in her native country and later worked at the St. Louis Club. Christine Pereur, her mother, has also studied pastry and baking.
When we arrived, Clemence was at the counter pouring tall glasses of lemon tea for a nearby table. Christine, who doesn’t speak English, could be seen through the large kitchen window preparing the lunch orders. It was past one o’clock, but the tables in the small shop were still full, except for one in the front window, that was perfect for two.
We ordered from the large board overhead that listed the soup, quiche, several salad and sandwich plates as well as breads and pastries. Cyndy ordered the salmon salad and I had the Croque Monsieur (Croque Madam is the version that comes with an egg atop the ham and Gruyere cheese melt.) Both arrived quickly, mine accompanied by a salad dressed with balsamic vinaigrette. All delish.
When it comes to pastries and breads, not everything is offered everyday. Items are available until they run out, so it’s best to get there early You’ll find typical French bakery fare: croissants, brioche, tarts, eclairs, macaroons, and various puff pastries—5 varieties offered each day.
Looking about the quaint little cafe, you could tell the two women had put a lot of love into their new family enterprise. The name “Like Home” describes the decor, menu, and feel of the place. There’s even a homey sitting area with sofa and chairs where you can enjoys sweets and tea with friends.
Lunch doesn’t have to be fast food with a noisy crowd. It can be relaxed, nutritious, and friendly. Clemence and Christine have created a truly charming atmosphere, where you can enjoy a tasty lunch or a bit of sweet decadence in the spirit of the traditional French cafe. Je me suis régale!
Like Home French Cafe and Pastry, 3855 Lindell (on corner west of Moolah Theater). Open: Tue-Sat 8a-6p.