La Provence

Written by on October 29, 2017 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Beaverton, Oregon

How I heard of this place: When we were getting ready to celebrate Father’s Day in Portland with my cousins and good friends, I found excellent Yelp Reviews for the Hillsboro location and we were all thoroughly impressed and satisfied by our visit. We were back, over a year later, for visit with our local friends, and they introduced us to this Beaverton location.

Type of cuisine: A bakery with full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner with French flavors. “This  location features a beautiful, large wrap-around pastry and espresso counter, balanced by our signature Baracolat chocolate case, and a full-service bar.

Ambiance: Grand, contemporary, casual and classy all rolled up into one elegant, modern space. The host station resembling a theater ticket window, wood, with beautiful accents above,

the dining area, with tiled floors, tall ceilings and a loft with additional seating to boot.

The beautiful brickwork of the walls and glorious displays with rows and rows of baked goods can be seen from all corners of the expansive establishment.

What I ordered: To start, I was enticed by the Monster Mocha and couldn’t resist the raspberry mocha with bloody raspberry drizzle, topped (and immediately sunk) with a white chocolate eyeball.

For our main entrees, my husband chose the Alsace Omelette ($11.95): a three-egg omelette filled with savory bacon and a delicious balsamic caramelized onion and parmesan cream sauce, finished with herb and parmesan toasted bread crumbs. And of course, I cannot exclude the addition of a side of sausage.

Croissant, on the side with a touch of raspberry jam and portion of brie.

For me, the Cheesy Polenta Bacon & Eggs ($11.50): creamy chive polenta made with cheddar and parmesan, topped with crisp bacon and two poached eggs, finished with fresh chives.

For our little one, from the Children’s Menu, a special Cinnamon & Sugar Crepe with a caramel drizzle ($5.95).

The entire party of eight finished our meals with a flight of drinking chocolate including a dark, Parisian chocolate, one infused with mint, another with espresso and a fourth with a touch of spicy cayenne.

What I loved: The creamy and uber-cheesy polenta. One thing I absolutely love about La Provence in each of my two visits is the fresh croissant served with many of the breakfast options. The sample of brie cheese, and sweet raspberry jam truly start (or finish off) each meal the way it should be in Paris!

Why I loved it: Accommodating to parties of all sizes, a beautiful array of pastries, delicious and satisfying entrees and friendly service.

Cost: Average ($11.50 – $15 per brunch entree)

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