Feast on French pastries at Patrick Lézé


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Open for breakfast and lunch, Patrick Lézé — named for the veteran French pastry chef who runs the bakery — serves a small selection of traditional French fare such as quiche, salade niçoise and sandwiches. Most items cost $7.50 to $12.50. The real attraction is the pastry case full of decadent macaroons, brioches, croissants and tarts. Leze is the real deal — he says he was part of the Tour de France baking team and has worked at bakeries in Paris and in the south of France, and you’ll be hard pressed to find finer pastries on this side of the Atlantic.

ATMOSPHERE

Casual and très français. This small cafe has a few tables inside and a few on the sidewalk outside.

OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE

The macaroons ($2.25 each) are spectacular. The sweets come in flavors including passion fruit and salted caramel, and they strike a perfect balance between rich decadence and light airiness. The Napoleon ($6) is another winner. The lunch items — including spinach quiche ($7.50) — are quite good, but the real highlights are in the pastry case.

REASON TO GO

Rich pastries that are authentically French, along with a Parisian vibe.

SERVICE

Fast and friendly. We waited only a few minutes for our food.

NOISE LEVEL

Quiet. There was occasional traffic noise for the tables outside, but no music.

KID FRIENDLY

The casual atmosphere is suited to children. There’s no kids menu, but Patrick Leze offers half-helpings of sandwiches.

PATRICK LÉZÉ PALM BEACH

229 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 561-366-1313

Hours: M-Sat., 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays.

Note: Post writers will anonymously visit a restaurant in your neighborhood each week in search of the best menu item. They’ll tell you about that item and why they liked it in this spot each week.



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