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Pardon My French Cafe and Wine Bar

Posted Sunday, November 9th, 2008 12:34 am GMT -5 in Food

My wife and I decided to stop by the new restaurant in Eagan that I saw while running last week. Pardon My French is a new bakery, cafe and wine bar located in the Thomas Lake Center at 1565 Cliff Road (in the same strip mall as Axel’s Bonfire Eagan location).

Google turns up a few other people writing about this place, but I didn’t see their official site until after we visited. I love prosciutto, so even though we were there during breakfast, I had to try the Prosciutto Deja┬áVu:

You’ll swear you’ve had this tasty sandwich before. Buttered Poppy Seed Baguette with Prosciutto, Swiss cheese, Tomato and Lettuce. $6.50

It was very good, but I think next time I want to try the Haute Ham sandwich. The pastries and baked goods in the case were beautiful, but I didn’t sample any on this visit. My only disappointment was that all of their soft drinks were cans or plastic bottles – no fountain drinks.

The space is large and had a nice vibe (although I wouldn’t really consider it French, aside from the music). I love to see local, non-chain places like this, but I find it hard to believe they can last in this location. Uptown? Maybe. An Eagan strip mall a mile off the freeway? Doubtful (unfortunately)…

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2008 at 12:34 am

3 Responses to “Pardon My French Cafe and Wine Bar”

  1. Jaye Lawrence Says:

    You might be surprised. Eagan desperately needs more creative dining options–it’s full of mundane chain restaurants. I’ve been to PMF a couple of times already, and business seems brisk. The area definitely has the population and income base to support a place like this.

  2. Diana Says:

    Pardon My French is an exceptional experience. The service is fantastic, the food amazing. I recommend everyone try this. Why go to a franchise when you can support a local restaurant that is great?

  3. Matthew Says:

    October 23, 2009 – Doesn’t like it – I have been to a number of trendy places and this is by far the worst. I went there with my work team around lunch time. The place was swamped with people (as if they were giving food for free), and we had to wait for 20 minutes in the line before we could order. The prices are pretty okay but what followed next did not. We had to find a table to sit and although I was lucky, many people were not. We had to wait for 45 minutes (yes 45) before they started bringing out our food. They messed up half the orders, the food was cold and tasteless. Some people never got theirs and so they had to go and ask for them again. What I failed to understand is the time it took to prepare our food when (a) all sandwiches were cold and already prepared (you can see them on the shelf), (b) nothing was fresh.
    When one of us asked for a free desert (since they had screwed up our order), the simple answer was No. (needed to get managerial approval).
    Never going back there again and would advise to stay away. Spend a little bit more and go somewhere else like Pennera Bread.

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