Sure, you know where Raymond’s is. Well, a couple doors down on Church Street is Le French Dad, a cute cafe and bakery that you just might miss if you walk too fast. Our advice? Slow down.
Walk into Le French Dad and you are welcomed by the intoxicating aroma of freshly baked baguettes. The space is cozy, with an authentic feel, as if you were in a boulangerie in France (especially since some of the employees speak French!). Look to your right and you’ll see rows of colorful macarons and all types of French desserts including white chocolate éclairs, crème brûlée, opéra cakes, paris-brest (choux pastry filled with hazelnut praline cream), and many more. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is JUST a pastry shop because there are plenty of savory things to satisfy your appetite.
Le French Dad serves an array of pressed sandwiches, salads, soups, and more. Main dishes, like the Croque Monsieur, come with a salad and house vinaigrette. The delicious sandwich features ham, shredded Swiss cheese, and bechamel sauce. The French onion soup is a definite menu highlight. The balance of onions to cheese is spot on, and it comes with two slices of crusty, delicious bread. Lastly, a classic: a flaky, buttery almond chocolate croissant with just the right ratio of chocolate to almonds.
A great thing about Le French Dad is the location. Close enough to walk to from Montclair High and right in center of downtown. The main dishes are less than $10 which also leaves enough money to get yourself a pastry!
One dish may be considered a little light, so if you are super hungry then I would recommend getting a salad or soup too!
Le French Dad, 10 Church Street, Montclair, (973) 746-0288
Georgia Chen is a sophomore at Montclair High School. Here’s 20 Bucks explores affordable and adventurous eats around town for students.