Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday I had a rare opportunity to have a lunch date with my husband, sans children. I decided to go to La Petite Maison in Ferndale. I had purchased their fresh made bread from the Farmers Market in Fortuna several times last year, and once again this year. I always get the lemon rosemary French bread. Absolutely delicious! Of course fresh bread is always good, but the lemon and rosemary combination just took it over the top. Since I've tried the bread, I've been wanting to try the restaurant.
I ordered the grilled cheese. No ordinary grilled cheese. It was made with bread made fresh that day in their bakery, mozzarella and Cypress Grove Chevre goat cheese, tomato and basil leaves. Very basic and simple. The flavors were very subtle, but the melted mozzarella was comforting, and the chevre added a layer of texture and flavor. The basil took it over the top. The only thing I would have added to the sandwich would have been some prosciutto or crisp pancetta. The small house salad that came with the sandwich was incredible. The spring lettuce mix was so fresh it tasted like it had come straight out of the garden. There were small pieces of pear in the salad that added a nice mild sweetness that was a great contrast to their homemade blue cheese dressing. They don't use dressings out of bottles at La Petite.
John had the BBQ pork tenderloin and cilantro coleslaw sandwich. This sandwich is served on cheddar cheese bread made fresh that day. I didn't get a chance to try the cilantro coleslaw, but as much as I love cilantro, I'm sure I'd like it. I did get one small bite of the pork tenderloin. Very good. The BBQ sauce had a nice spiciness to it.
I was pleased enough with my lunch that I hope to go back and try dinner soon.
Here's a sample of their dinner menu:
La Petite Maison Bistro Dinner Menu
Bistro Dinners, Tuesday - Saturday, 5-9 pm.
Phone Orders Welcome! 707 786-4301
From the garden into the bowl, LPM’s soups are fresh and hardy. Accompanied with fresh bread, they can make a light meal all by themselves
Potato with cheddar cheese and Niman Ranch bacon… $7
Roasted pepper and tomato cream with cilantro oil and lime crème fraiche… $7
Soup by the cup… $5
All of our salads are served with LPM’s freshly baked breads. No bottles or mixes here, all of our dressings are made from scratch (bleu cheese, ranch, seasoned white balsamic vinaigrette)
House salad… $7
Organic Greens tossed with white balsamic vinaigrette and topped with pears and gorgonzola
Buffalo chicken salad… $14
Buffalo style chicken breast, romaine, bleu cheese crumbles, buffalo sauce and bleu cheese
BBQ chicken salad… $14
Organic chicken breast, fire roasted corn, tomato & cilantro with LPM’s BBQ sauce and ranch
USDA Choice New York steak and blue cheese salad… $16
New York strips, romaine, purple onions, blue cheese crumbles tossed in balsamic vinaigrette
Chiopotle Chicken and Penne…$18
Grilled Petaluma Farms organic chicken breast, roasted corn, chipotle cream sauce, and asagio cheese
New York Strip with Balsamic and Penne… $20
USDA choice New York steak strips, penne pasta, wilted arugula tossed in a Dijon and balsamic sauce and asagio cheese
12” Homemade Organic Flour Thin Crust Pizza Dough
Marguerite with tomato, basil, garlic, mozzarella and goat cheese… $15
Organic chicken, purple onion, cilantro, mozzarella and LPM’s homemade BBQ Sauce… $18
Roasted garlic with pepperoni, gorgonzola, basil, tomato and mozzarella… $14
Niman Ranch pork tenderloin cooked to medium with mustard tarragon sauce And mashers… $24
USDA choice14 oz. New York steak with blue cheese and sweet potato sticks… $27
Crispy pan seared duck breasts with plum & port sauce atop soft Cypress Grove goat cheese polenta… $26
Creole style Petaluma Farms Organic half chicken with mashers… $20
Ferndale Farms sirloin burger topped with smoked cheddar, fried shallots, lettuce, tomato and aioli relish…$15
Ferndale Farms tri-tip sandwich tossed in fig and onion jam with sweet potato sticks…$17
USDA choice 10 oz. filet mignon with mashers and chardonnay cream sauce…$34
Ferndale Farms grass fed lamb chops cooked to medium rare served with mascarpone polenta…$24
You can find La Petite Maison and explore their wonderful lunch and dinner offerings at 619 Main St. Ferndale California.