Monday, January 10, 2011

How do you say brunch in French? : Bonjour Cafe, Dana Point



I'm not going to lie, that's my dad walking in. He loves this place. If they had a customer of the decade award, no doubt Bonjour Cafe would give it to him. He even orders in French (practicing beforehand with his tapes and dictionary). Whenever I'm in Orange County at my Significant Parental Units' house, we always make a trip to Bonjour Cafe in Dana Point. 




The cappuccino that comes in a bowl is a must. My mom doesn't and never will drink any frufru drinks. Just a black coffee kinda gal (see below). 




They bake French bread on site. It's that delicious French bread that gets stale in 2 minutes, so must eat fast or else prepare to break your tooth.  




Les quiches are always rich and delicious; held together in a buttery crust. We like the Quiche Lorraine with smoked ham and swiss cheese. Ze best. 




I almost always order La Grecque ($11.99) crepe with extra avocados. Why? because I am a sucker for fresh spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, kalamatas and feta  (and extra avocados on top). Plus I like the name.


Ladies and gents, this is the best French toast in the world. We call it comatose French toast because it's so light and airy but within an hour you will need to lie down for the next hour. Without fail on every visit, we order the Le French Toast en Brioche ($11.99) to share. The fresh, eggy brioche turns into a quasi bread-custard, adorned with sweet mango puree, fresh fruits, homemade whipped cream and sliced almonds. How can you not love that pile below?


Amazing soups. The French onion soup, along with everything else on the menu starting with "French" is stellar. If you hit up Bonjour on the right day you might score their carrot soup




Bonjour Cafe
24633 Del Prado Ave
Dana Point, CA 
949.496.6368

17 comments:

JustinM said...

I'm not crazy about breakfast, but man that French toast looks amazing.

Mary said...

The crepes look especially lovely. A perfect way to begin the day. I hope all is well. Blessings...Mary

Anna Johnston said...

I love places like this, very French and Oh Boy..., do the French know how to dress up a breakfast, no wonder your Dad is their best customer :)

Helen said...

Oh my God! I laughed so hard when I saw the first photo. It seems as if you are hiding in the bushes and spying on your dad to see which restaurant he goes to. LOL!

The food looks great! Not a huge French toast fan but I love the presentation on the plate. Whip cream makes lots of foods look good mmm!

The quiche also looks decadent and cheesy! I'm craving quiche now. It's been ages since I last had one.

I think this food experience brings you one step closer to Quebec :)

Anna A. said...
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Anna A. said...

JustinM - Yeah, I'm not a big breakfast person either. Only for this place :)

Mary - If I could eat crepes every day I would!

Anna Johnston - Hehe yeah, I don't think the French would actually eat this for breakfast though...??

Helen - Hahaa glad you appreciate the photography. I spy on my dad a lot - taking video clips, etc of him. Such a character!
Time for you to quiche it up it sounds. I don't really eat quiches, but they are super easy to make - like pitas kinda? Closer to quebec...

Diana said...

Crepes, quiche AND French toast? Sounds like me and my significant mother need to high-tail it down to Dana Point the next time I'm in town!

Ruth Abatzoglou said...

I can't wait to have some more of those wonderful crepes. They are indeed the best.

Indie.Tea said...

It all looks delicious...oh but that crepe especially so. I want :)

A Busy Nest said...

I wish I lived near this place. What wonderful looking food!

Anna A. said...

Diana - You and your SM would approve of this place!

Ruth - Yours are always the best.

Indie.Tea - I could go for some crepes now.

A Busy Nest - Thanks for stopping by :)

Ivy said...

On le dit brunch because zear is no such sing in France noar Grease. It's an American invention, no? But as a Greek I would eat all of this delicious stuff.

Anna A. said...

Ivy - Thanks for your translation :) I think we made up all this French breakfast stuff :) yum.

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Gastronomer said...

Aw! That's so cute that your family has a go-to breakfast spot. The French toast looks especially great :-)

Joshua said...

Looks great. And also, cappuccino without all sorts of stuff in it looks wonderful, I wish I was there.

Anna A. said...

Gastronomer - That French Toast is the reason I go to bar method!

Joshua - Gotta love the obese capps!