San Marcos Restaurants – The Market St. Café and French Bakery is a Winner

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Of the San Marcos Restaurants I have enjoyed, the Market St. Café and French Bakery is a winner.

San Marcos Restaurants - Market St. Cafe 

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. 

San Marcos Restaurants - The Market St. Café in Old California Restaurant Row 

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

San Marcos restaurants - Market St. Cafe  San Marcos restaurants - Market St. Cafe

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? 

San Marcos restaurants - Market St. Cafe

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.

Visit the Market Street Cafe on Facebook to stay on top of happenings. 

Check out their other restaurants - Café Bleu (Mission Hills) and The Red Door Restaurant and Wine Bar (San Diego

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.

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Ann-Marie Clements
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Hi Jeff,

Oh, how I miss California cuisine!!!  When we lived in Vista, California in the mid 80's we ate sooooo well.  We also miss the "Soup Plantation" restaurant with all the salad, soup & muffins you could eat.  The "Market St. Cafe" looks AWESOME!!!  Oh, the "GOOD O'LE DAYS".....  ;>))

Jan 30, 2010 05:58 AM #1
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Amy Hahn
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Well, I just ate, and am now hungry again!  That dessert looks absolutely delicious!  The Market St. Cafe looks and sounds like a fantastic place.  I'll have to remember it the next time I am on the other side of the country.

Jan 30, 2010 07:17 AM #2
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Jeff

That is like heaven on Earth. In fact, I think it is time to go eat after reading this. I see how you could get spoiled living in such a beautiful place with such phenomenal food.

Jan 30, 2010 07:24 AM #3
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Connie Harvey
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Jeff, the Market St. Cafe looks like something I would definitely enjoy! I love eating out!

Jan 30, 2010 08:02 AM #4
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Ann-Marie - small world! It really IS a neat place - I am a big fan.

Amy - isn't it funny how reading posts like this can do that? LOL

Tom - I consider myself fortunate in many ways.

Connie - me too. And I like writing about places I enjoy.

Jeff

Jan 30, 2010 08:33 AM #6
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Hannah Williams
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Jeff..I knew I should not read your post when i was hungry..Looks like a fantastic place to dine..Thanks for the info

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MMMMM.......Looks like some good eats Jeff!  You really ARE the Local Expert there in your area!

Lisa

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Thanks for ruining my diet Jeff...now all I can think about is going to the bakery!

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