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The French Place

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By: Vicki Hagendorf and
Kristen Hernandez
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Do you like fine, French food?
Located in a small shopping center, right off McNab between Federal and 18th Ave in Pompano Beach is a wonderful French bistro, perfectly titled, The French Place. They originally opened over 35 years ago; several years back, sold the place, then recently re-opened with Jean Pierre at the helm once again.The owner, Jean Pierre, began his culinary journey in his native country of Belgium, before moving to New York City to hone his culinary talents. He worked in many fine, French restaurants while sharpening his skills, then moved to South Florida to open his own his own restaurant.There aren’t many French restaurants around anymore, however, the French Place is so authentic – from the country-side, French decor to the entire menu. All delectable sauces are prepared fresh, daily by Jean Pierre himself. His genius, culinary mind places the freshest of ingredients onto each plate and beautifully masters the art of classic, French cuisine. The escargot is prepared two different ways. The vichyssoise, homemade pate, and warm ciabatta bread, of course baked fresh daily by Jean Pierre, is begging to be tasted.The night we dined there, we began with the Cassolette d’ escargots – a wonderful blend of tender escargots, a good touch of garlic, covered in a mushroom cream sauce, and absolutely to die for. Then, we had the French onion soup that’s piled with sweet, sautéed onions, floating in a heavenly rich broth, blanketed with hot, gooey cheese, and baked golden brown. Our dining companion ordered the velvety lobster bisque, which was on special that night, and an excellent choice. For an entree, my dining companion chose the Steak au Poivre that was delicately balanced with a mushroom cream sauce. Jean Pierre knew we were big on different sauces so he prepared an amazing black peppercorn sauce to go with the juicy steak and whipped potatoes. I tried the lamb shank, which was cooked to perfection.The meat fell off the bone and was served alongside roasted potatoes and vegetables. We also tried the Frog Legs Provençale, that were masterfully sautéed along with potato and vegetable. Our dining companions agreed and all commented, “Absolutely Delicious!” For dessert we sampled the Crème Brulee and the Bananas Foster. What a treat and the perfect ending to a sumptuous dinner!Other selections on the menu include Shrimp Scampi in a creamy garlic sauce, Duck a l’orange, rich Beef Bourguignon, in red wine, fresh fish, and veal roast -just to mention a few.Sunday’s is a treat at The French Place. Experience the best Eggs Benedict anywhere. Jean Pierre makes his hollandaise sauce from scratch and it is extraordinary. Another wonderful choice is the light, delicious crepes. You can compose your own crepe using a combination of fresh ingredients such as feta, spinach, tomato, ham, cheese, bacon, eggs, onion, mushroom, chicken, and well, you get the idea. Many dessert crepes are available as well. Try the original, and the real deal, the French Toast for a sweet bite.

If you stop by the French Place on Fridays you will catch Karaoke with Barbara. Saturday nights, Jacques, who also performs on Sunday brunch for your listening pleasure. He is quite good and sings songs in both French and English. His songs in French are really outstanding.

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