Bistro Soleil promotes aftermarket business at farmers market


Apple tarts that are works of art, and pork puff pastry rolls that will take you to a new foodie level of heaven.

That's part of the line-up at the Bistro Soleil booth at the weekly Marco Island farmers market at Veterans Community Park.

And, If you're a real man and you don't eat quiche, you might want to think about visiting the booth and picking one up.

"The standout is always quiche," says booth helper Tamra Moore, who promotes the Lorraine variety as well as tomato mushroom and onion, and also sun-dried tomato, spinach and cheese. "The difference is that they're all so creamy."

A complimentary taste (or two, OK ... three) confirms that. The consistency is somewhere between cheesecake and Italian panna cotta, and a real man might even commit himself to calling the quiche "divine."

Bistro Soleil is a French-themed restaurant in Old Marco, and owner Denis Meurgue uses the market mainly to promote his fare. That includes his puff pastry pork roll (rough chopped pork sautéed in white wine with shallots, onions, salt and pepper), and also French apple tart made with puff pastry, sliced apples and drizzled with an apple jelly before baking.

Slices, for example, cost $5; the quiches and $9 and $16, and the rolls are $6.

"Sometimes people eat something here, and then buy more to take home," says Moore.

That held true for Marilyn Newlin, her daughter Renee Farina and grandson Cole, who left with at least two quiches in a carry bag.

Meurgue runs Bistro Soleil as well as the nearby Petit Soleil with his wife, Lisa. He is French-born, while his wife is fluent in the language as well; hence, a bilingual greeting when making a reservation at the two restaurants.

On the cover: Apple pie from Bistro Soleil comes done the French way - with a bit of extra flair. Photo by Quentin Roux