This is one of my very favorite restaurants in Highlands Ranch, and I adore their sandwiches and pastries. So, it was with great enthusiasm that I wanted to take advantage of their Soup a l'onion au gratin. Onion soup is my favorite treat all over France, and hoped this would be a local place that did it justice. I was a bit apprehensive when they described it as "vegetarian", but thought that, since it still had cheese, how different could it be? I was so enthused that my husband and I both decided to get the bowl of it ($8.99) and make a whole lunch of it, as I often do in France.
I was totally unprepared for the taste, or almost lack thereof, and it was most definitely not the soup to order if you are expecting traditional French onion soup. This actually tasted sweet, had little cheese, and was a very thin broth--almost watery. The server said it was because it was made with vegetables and not beef broth. Actually, few vegetarians I know consume cheese (from an animal), so it wasn't completely vegetarian. It was full of onions, but they, too, tasted sweet--something that one doesn't expect from French onion soup. My husband didn't finish his, either, and we would definitely not order that again.
Just to make sure all was not a loss, I ordered my favorite sandwich to take home, and my husband ordered his favorite pastry. A shame, as they are ordinarily quite excellent in everything they make! We will certainly return, but not for the onion soup.