Friends of La Fonda
French Pastry Shop and Creperie
For 37 years the café linking La Fonda's lobby to San Francisco Street has served classic French crepes and pastries, including Quiche Lorraine, Torte Milanese, and Croque Monsieur and Madame. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this favorite hangout offers a change of pace for a casual lunch or snack. Popular crepes include spinach and cheese, chorizo with egg and cheese, and the new bacon and cheese. For dessert, the mixed berry crepe (fresh strawberry, blueberry, and/or raspberry) or Nutella are customer favorites, especially with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or vanilla ice cream. Everything on the menu is available all day and to go, including specialty coffee drinks.
Perpetually popular with foodies, this gourmet shop is offering two perfect accompaniments for its specialty olive oils and vinegars. Customers just love the ingenious garlic mincers, says owner Samantha Bailey-Smith. These are hand-made of clay for the shop in three sizes by a potter in Oregon. Grate a clove of garlic in the middle, then add oil and balsamic vinegar to make a simple dip for bread. Or zest a lemon, add pepper, oil, and vinegar, and you have a dip for cut vegetables that can be arranged within the bowl itself. Also popular are small salt cellars in six attractive colors that actually complement the garlic mincers, says Bailey-Smith.