French Cafe Lunch in Colorado Springs

January 10, 2016

In Colorado Springs, you can actually find some decent bread and a couple local restaurants that make you feel like you’ve left town for lunch. La Baguette is one of those restaurants, but eater beware: there are three of them in town. They’re all independently owned and operated, they all feature the same basic menu, but they’re all very very different. I’ve tried all three. The service is unremarkably cold at all three locations, but the food and atmospheres definitely make for an obvious ranking order.

On this particular date, we wandered into La Baguette in Old Colorado City, probably my favorite of the three cafes. I always avoid the downtown La Baguette. For some reason the soup and fondue come out cold and the bread always tastes days old there. I always leave wishing I had driven the extra five minutes to the OCC location for lunch.

French country-style pate' for days.

French country-style pate’ for days.

This particular location has the most comfortable, natural French cafe vibe. It’s small, it’s tables are small, and there is usually a line of elderly people who could pass for French. This is where Francophiles flock for perfect Winter lunch fare like French onion soup. I’m a fan of this version over others in town, and I’m crazy about onion soup. My husband and I both went for the soup for lunch on this blustery day. The husband also got the pate platter. I got a chicken salad sandwich to go with my soup and found myself scraping off the innards and just dunking pieces of a great, fresh croissant into that beefy broth.

I have a weird aversion to recooked chicken and had to scrape off this chicken salad.  The husband ate my other half, no problem.

I have a weird aversion to recooked chicken and had to scrape off this chicken salad. The husband ate my other half, no problem.

French Onion Soup

Bubbling cheese and piping hot broth.

This little French lunch gave me the urge to check out Pinterest for onion soup recipes. I’m going to be trying a quick and easy version in the coming weeks and I’ll hopefully get to report back a success and a recipe.

Is there an amazing French cafe in your hometown? Tell me about it!

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