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New French bakery, deli, café opens

This isn’t an ad for the new La Boulangerie Boul’ Mich deli, bakery and café. But it might as well be.

It didn’t take long for the 98-seat restaurant to become a popular casual dining spot, especially on weekends. Not surprising with breakfast, lunch and dinner served 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

And great visibility. Three garage-style doors open to the outside between Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s in Town Center at Boca Raton. There’s indoor and terrace dining. The interior is airy and open, casual but chic with antiques like family cameras.

Now to the food, described as French with a Latin twist. This is the brand’s sixth location with a central commissary preparing everything fresh in Miami, the co-owners said. No preservatives or additives.

The menu offers eight omelettes, three benedicts, lox and bagel, French toast, pancakes, fruit and granola. And a baguette ham and brie. Breakfast is served all day. Most prices in the $12 and $13 range.

Diners can choose from 19 sandwiches, from French dip and other traditionals like ham and cheese or tuna. To a hot, oven-roasted turkey cooked there with eggplant, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto. Same prices.

There’s a half-sandwich and soup option. Five soups of the day [$5.95] also include French onion [$7.95] daily. Media diners were treated to yummy pumpkin soup.

Nine salads include niçoise, smoke salmon tartare, prosciutto, Greek, Caesar, caprese, quinoa, most $13 to $14. Media diners were treated to bravia, a fresh-tasting mixed greens, goat cheese, apples and almonds in a beef carpaccio.

For hearty eaters, there are seven pastas, all cooked al dente. Same price range as the sandwiches.

Pastries and international coffees are the big attractions here. Eight croissants, seven empanadas, quiches, Argentinian and other cookies, tequeno Venezuelan cheese sticks. Cases full of goodies too numerous to mention.

More than a dozen desserts [$5.95] include fruit tart, tiramisu and Nutella mousse. Eleven coffees and nine beverages offer teas, almond milk, fresh-squeezed O.J. They’re expecting a wine and beer license soon.

The name, by the way, is after the Boulevard St. Michel in Paris’ Latin Quarter, renown for it’s quaint cafes. Now we have one here.

By Marci Shatzman

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