Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Road Trip: Dahlonega - Le Petite Cafe




259 Church St. Dahlonega, GA www.lepetitecafedahlonega.com

During our weekend in Dahlonega with my dad and stepmom, we had Sunday brunch at this small but cute little place in Dahlonega. It's run by two sisters - my dad has met them, says they're super nice and English. There are 5, maybe 6 tables total, all outdoors in front of a nice privately owned home. As a matter of fact, the tables themselves are basically in the home's front driveway.

The menu is short, but it's unique for the area. Breakfast items include low-fat yogurt with house made granola and morning fresh madeleines. Yes! Madeleines in Dahlonega! For lunch you can get simple but good dishes like a turkey and cranberry sandwich or homemade quiche. They actually serve French pate' with toast. Yes, pate' in Dahlonega. In the afternoon you can enjoy fresh cakes or hot chocolate with toast.

I tried the day's special, which was brie and bacon on a French baguette. This came with a simple Boston lettuce salad and cup of freshly sliced strawberries, a good combination of rich cheese, thick bread, greens and juicy fruit. Kyle had the French toast with fresh fruit (also strawberries). You won't believe how large a serving this is for the price. He also tried the warm chocolate tart. Unfortunately it wasn't warm, but it was flaky and the chocolate was melted and gooey. Yum.

It's not fancy, it's not overly ambitious, it's just simple, fresh cafe food, something that's very hard to find in north Georgia.

Possibly the best thing about this place is the price. Everything is very inexpensive, with the majority of the dishes being under $5. You can easily eat breakfast for $3/person, plus a beverage. I think the tart was $1. Even though it wasn't warm, I'm hard put to complain about a fresh baked tart that cost as much as a can of Coke does at the QT. Why not add some hot tea to your order while you're at it? The environment is perfect for hanging out with a newspaper, especially if you get there in the early morning, when the dew is still on the lawn.

The Cafe is open from 7am to 5pm every day.

Verdict: A pleasant little find in Dahlonega.

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