Dining French on Marco
Some Marco restaurants speak of Key West (Mango’s), or Italy (Davide, La Tavola, DaVinci’s, Ciao Bella), or Chicago (The Speak Easy), or indeed unique Marco itself (CJ’s on the Bay).
Walk into Petit Soleil, just around the corner from bigger sibling Bistro Soleil at Olde Marco, and it’s all French, from the wall posters and hangings, to the food itself, and right down to French-born proprietor and chef, Denis Meurgue.
Meurgue and his wife Lisa introduced Petit Soleil to the Shops of Olde Marco about 14 months ago, specializing in breakfasts that are distinctly French such as croissants, pain au chocolat, baguettes, waffles, omelets, scramblers, eggs Benedict (with homemade Hollandaise sauce) and cappuccino.
Lunch offerings feature comte mac n cheese, croque monsieur or madam (a sandwich oozing cheese), salads, traditional French sandwiches on a baguette, or a cheese plate and quiches.
Very French too, is the half baguette, butter croissant, butter and chocolate croissant with French Bonne Maman jams, while the plate-sized, but feather-light waffle made from scratch and baked in a machine the Meurgues picked up at an East Coast auction also is in big demand.
For another in the Sun Times’ regular series of food shoots, Chef Denis made a chicken salad, with cranberries and pecans; the popular eggs Benedict (this time with smoked salmon); a croque madam (ham and cheese sandwich with Bechamel sauce, Swiss cheese and a sunny side up fried egg), and the baguette/croissant combination.
If you go:
What: Petit Soleil restaurant (breakfast and lunch)
Where: Shops of Olde Marco, 100 Palm St.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day
Prices: Around $8 for breakfasts, and $11 to $13 for lunches
Outside dining: Yes, courtyard
Info: call 970-6072, or go to bistrosoleil.net.