French cuisine isn’t only for the French in France any more (if it ever was, as it’s been an international cooking standard for ages). Some places in other countries get it right, some don’t really. But, this lovely little café in Florida has succeeded. Croissant Gourmet brings a taste of French cuisine to Winter Park (a small up-market town north of Orlando).
Opened on March 7, 2009 by brothers Francois and Philippe Cahagne, it soon became very popular. The brothers, trained in France as patissiers (pastry chefs) personally oversee all the items on the menu. Drop by for a coffee and a decadent pastry, or stop for lunch—hot and cold sandwiches (on croissants), quiches, various salads, sweet crepes and even a croque monsieur.
We’ve been for both coffee and pastries, and for lunch and can definitely recommend it if you are anywhere in the area, as the food is very good. We are in Florida, but we can almost imagine that we are somewhere in France! The weather is pleasant most of the year, so you can usually sit outside at the few tables on the sidewalk—and like in France, there are always cars parked or driving right next to the tables.
120 East Morse Boulevard (just off Park Avenue), Winter Park, FL
For hours and other information go to
www.croissantgourmet.com (it will take you to a FaceBook page)
Winter Park is a suburban city in Orange County, part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan area. It was founded as a resort town by wealthy business people from the north in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the railroad was laid between New York and Miami.
It is well-known for Rollins College (the state’s first 4-year college) and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which has the largest collection of Tiffany Glass. People also love to go there for the main shopping street, Park Avenue, alongside the park and the train station. Park Avenue has a rather European city atmosphere, with many small retail shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Great fun to wander along it and window shop as well as people-watch.