Lately, I started to take out food from La Madeleine at Camp Bowie again. Quite some time ago, I had a not very pleasant experience placing a take-out order on-line, around the time when that service had just been introduced – when I arrived, personnel couldn’t find the order, lots of shouting among them, utter confusion, long wait – , but I thought I give it a try again.
The counter people do now seem to be more organized, though occasionally the order is handled in a bit incoherent way, so wait can then be longer than expected. It was last week, I believe, when they even had a “greeter” close to the entrance, greeting patrons with a cheerful “bonjour”… I guess, so that everybody coming in would know: we are now in a “French café”… tacky, I thought. The last couple of times I went to La Madeleine, no more “greeter”… better that way…
I am pretty much set in what I order:
tomato-basil soup (very good);
one of the salads…
Can’t go wrong there, you would think, right? But strangely enough, their Cesar’s salad didn’t have real croutons (roasted cubes of white bread) on it, only thinly sliced pieces of (not roasted) regular, a bit chewey rye bread… pretty bad for a place that thinks of itself as being up-scale;
one half of or a whole rosemary chicken (beats any roasted chicken, including Central Market’s, in the area);
or, one of the sandwiches (good, but some are a bit bland such as the French dip).
I haven’t tried their quiches – sorry, but I don’t care for quiches – , or crêpes – had crêpes bretonnes (wonderful) in crêperies in Britanny, and I doubt I can get something coming even close to crêpes bretonnes, here in Fort Worth.
Prices are above average, food is for the greater part dependable.
To dine in – haven’t done that in years – you select food at a cafeteria-style counter. The atmosphere of the dining area inside is nice: wooden tones, wooden tables and chairs, a bit rustic, just right; there is also a row of (metal) tables and chairs outside, to the left and right of the front entrance.
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