Tuesday, September 4, 2007
The girl & the fig's croque triggered memories of another really good version, the one at Cafe Claude. This here's a croque madame (the fried egg makes it feminine)—a simpler sammy compared to the figgy one, but toothsome none the same. I've been going to this little bistro for years now, and it always manages to kick out really good food. This past visit, I ordered the goat cheese, pesto and tomato tartine (below) plunked on a bed of arugula and drizzled with a piquant balsamic reduction. The poofy pastry in combination with the creamy soft dairy and tender tomatoes was perfection, and the vinegar and pesto lifted the dish from the ordinary to supercalifragilisticexpiali-scrumptious.
On a sunny day, sitting outside on Claude Lane is an excellent midday treat and a welcome respite from the 9 to 5. A couple of martinis make it even better, so say T and P.