Elizabeth Large's Top 10 French Restaurants

July 22, 2009|By ELIZABETH LARGE

In honor of Bastille Day last Tuesday, my Top 10 list celebrated French restaurants. My editor asked me if there were even 10 French restaurants in Maryland, top or not, and asked if I was including IHOP for its French toast. Here's the list I came up with, in alphabetical order:

1

Bonaparte Breads in Fells Point. A casual French coffee shop with sandwiches and good French pastries and breads.

2

Bonjour Bakery & Cafe in Mount Washington. Authentic French pastries and a few savories like quiche and meat and cheese croissants.

3

Cafe de Paris in Columbia. An excellent prix-fixe menu for $29.95.

4

Cafe Normandie in Annapolis. Cozy French bistro on Main Street.

5

Crepe du Jour in Mount Washington. In spite of the name, it's more French restaurant than creperie.

6

Elkridge Furnace Inn in Elkridge. Check out the three-, four- and five-course fixed-price menus.

7

Les Folies Brasserie in Annapolis. Fine French food and an extensive raw bar.

8

Petit Louis in Roland Park. The Foreman-Wolf restaurant group's excellent take on an authentic French bistro.

9

Sofi's Crepes in Baltimore and Annapolis. The owner got her inspiration from her trips to France.

10

Tersiguel's in Ellicott City. A self-styled French "country" restaurant, but upscale all the same.

Readers talk back

I love Bonaparte bread. ... Years ago, I was in buying bread in their Savage Mills location, chatting with the woman behind the counter -- one of the owners. She told me her husband bakes the bread, that he starts very early in the morning and habitually works in nothing more than his underwear. Vive la France.

Posted by: jl

How could Cafe Bretton in Severna Park not make this list?! ... I think EL needs to expand her dining circle. I've become pretty disappointed reading these lists.

Posted by: Naptown Represent

Yes, Tersiguel's is the THE place for Bastille Day. The food, wine, costumes and entertainment are great fun. ...

Posted by: riverside

I'll be walking over to Patisserie Poupon this afternoon to pick up a dozen of the best macaroons this side of the Atlantic.

Posted by: Jim

Don't forget Moulin de Paris in Severna Park - outstanding.

Posted by: blackthorn

To celebrate, I'm munching on a Bonaparte croissant aux amandes.

Posted by: Dave

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