Of the San Marcos Restaurants I have enjoyed, the Market St. Café and French Bakery is a winner.
I was introduced to the Market St. Café a year or two ago by good friends, and we had several wonderful meals there...a pleasant surprise given what seems to be a wealth of chain and fast food San Marcos restaurants. Their half price wine night is a real treat and a deal! I took some clients there for lunch and they, too, thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere on their outdoor patio.
We heard recently from our friends that the Market St. Café had a new chef, who happened to have come from a restaurant we thoroughly enjoyed in La Jolla. So naturally we had to try it out.
They did NOT disappoint! In fact, it's better than ever, with a Mediterranean style French bistro menu with what I think of as comfort food. At least it's comforting to me...Coq au Vin (read this article by Chef Matt Richman) and Bouillabaisse, to name a few items on their dinner menu.
Fortunately we made reservations, as the place was packed when we arrived. I usually find that to be a good sign. Our dinner was wonderful - I had the Bouillabaisse, and topped it off with a scrumptious three-layer chocolate mousse cake - and our server, Julie (who we remembered from at least one prior visit) was terrific, with just the right amount of friendliness and efficiency coupled with substantial knowledge about the menu and food preparation. What more could you ask for?
My next visit may have to be at the Bakery to try out some of their pastries, since I drive by frequently when out showing property.
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If you haven't been to the Market St. Café, I recommend you try it out. And if you have, perhaps it's time for another visit to test their new menu. They are located in the Old California Restaurant Row on San Marcos Boulevard in San Marcos.
1080 W. San Marcos Blvd., #104
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