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By: Stephanie March | Posted: 01/08/2014
Patrick's Restaurant & Bakery is now open in the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, in what was formerly a California Pizza Kitchen. What a welcome change for this area.
The space has been overhauled and now evokes a bright sunny French cafe with yellow walls, a white marble bar, bakery cases staked with treats, and a full kitchen. On one side you have the bar and cafe seating, at which the full menu can be ordered from the counter. On the other side are dark booths and tables which come with servers.
The menu starts with breakfast that includes Patrick's omelet croissant, eggs Florentine, and serious French toast. Lunch and dinner follow with sandwiches and salads, plus a line-up of six versions of quiche, the already cultish Patou burgers (which are burgers sliced and served on fresh toasted baguettes ... some with sassy cornichon!), and a few tarte flambé as promised.
From the pizza oven, the tartes are crisp flatbreads, traditionally topped lightly with creme fraiche, bacon, and onion. They have five versions on the menu including two dessert options, I'm excited for the one with sauteed bananas, chocolate chips, and creme fraiche flambeéd with dark rum.
After 5pm the bigger plates come out: beef Bourguignon, coq au vin, halibut Napoleon, steak frites. And the full bar has a cocktail specials for happy hour and snack specials on crab cakes, coquilles St. Jaques, baked brie, and sliders.
Never mind the cases jammed with croissant, brioche, danish, éclair, opera cake, cheesecake, napoleon, tiramisu, chocolate tart ... yikes. People leaving the nearby megamovieplex should be psyched that there's a non-chain eatery cooking adult food (and real cake!) within a few strides.
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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