My boyfriend is obsessed with Julienne, a local bistro cafe that is never want for business. We know never to venture there on a weekend morning because the crowd is practically spilling into traffic. While breakfast is the real reason to head to Julienne and we have hit it up three times now - only I never brought my camera to document it. Finally I have, though this time we decided to give their lunch menu a shot.
Angus Cheeseburger ($15)
J's first choice of the ham and cheese sandwich was already out so he went with plan B, a cheeseburger. This is the type of eatery that has so many other items to go for before ordering the burger but J is a picky eater and wasn't expecting them to be out. He omitted the caramelized onions and was horrified to discover they put mayonnaise on the inside of the bun. Enough people hate mayo that it ought to be written down on the menu. Once he scraped it off he said it was good, but nothing extraordinary. The fries were tasty with crispy exteriors and warm insides.
Soup and Sandwich Combination ($14.5)
While the fancier entrees were very alluring, my French Onion Soup obsession found me ordering a soup and sandwich combination. I was thankfully warned that the soup was sweet because it is made with chicken stock and a sweet white wine. Added with sweet onions and alas, it was indeed too sweet. The sandwich was chicken tarragon salad between their signature rosemary current bread. It was a little too generous of a portion for me and could have used a tomato or cranberries in the mix but otherwise was pretty good and not dried out tasting at all.
Pear Cobbler ($7)
J ordered this and loved it. I was in the powder room and he had wolfed it down by the time I returned so yeah, other than "awesome" that's all I can give you.
I wanted something simpler to compliment my simple lunch and this lemon square fit the bill. I took most of it home to enjoy later. It was tart but still a little too sugary and I wasn't terribly fond of the coconut crust atop it (under the powder sugar).
Would I return to/recommend Julienne for lunch? Oh, yes, it's a pretty regular stop for us and we both would like to give a few more items a try. We'll always say yes to their breakfast.
Tips Try not to go on the weekends, the wait is astoundingly long Only open for breakfast and lunch The website menu is not kept up to date (a pet peeve of mine) but it is usually only seasonal items that are swapped out. If you see "pumpkin pancakes" in July I'd suggest giving them a call to double-check Browse through their gourmet market and pick up some goodies! Great for presents.
Julienne 2649 Mission Street San Marino, CA 91108 website
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