Nicole's Gourmet Foods
South Pasadena, CA 91030
- Sun 10am-5pm, Mon-Wed 9am-6pm, Thu 9am-8pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5:30pm
- All Major Credit Cards
- Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
- Breakfast, Lunch
- Not Accepted
LA Weekly's Description
Nicole Grandjean wants people to know about French food. To this end, she offers her gourmet imports to the public at the same prices she sells them to restaurants. Her pretty, spacious shop in South Pasadena also contains a sandwich counter and a small number of tables on the patio - a perfect secret lunch spot. But dangerous. You might stop in for a croque monsieur (ham, Gruyere and bechamel melted together on a baguette) and walk out having bought a Laguiole knife set, a Provencal tablecloth, some frozen porcinis and a big chunk of fresh foie gras. A meal-sized salad (the authentic Greek, or the one with smoked duck breast and dried cherries) could cost you the price of any number of European and domestic cheeses, kilos of chocolate, and a gallon of olive oil. The good news is, you won't spend a fraction of what you would elsewhere. Nicole's is a great resource to those of us Francophile gastronomes who don't have the wherewithal to keep a pied a terre in Paris; and with Grandjean's public-friendly prices, she's taken great foodstuffs out of the realm of sheer luxury and turned them into affordable, simple pleasures.
Tips from foursquare
The prosciutto and pecorino sandwich is delicious.
Food blogger Cheryl of Black Girl Chef's Whites recommends Nicole's Gourmet Foods. "The menu offers a wide range of options, including a panini made with aged goat cheese, ham & tomatoes on ciabatta."
They're adding the pain bagnat as a regular menu item. Best sandwich!
Caprese sandwich and a baguette to go.
Perfect French cafe off the beaten path. Come for authentic ingredients for gourmet home cooking. Grab a tasty lunch and glass of wine while you're here, the dessert is amazing too.
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