Fabrice
1777 W. Co. Hwy. 30-A, Watercolor, 850- 231-9910 map

I met one of my dearest friends, Lauren Romano, yesterday at Fabrice on 30A at WaterColor for a girl’s lunch. I really enjoy this place and from Fabrice’s almost immediate success since opening, I’m not alone.

Fabrice and Fabienne have pulled off something very difficult in the restaurant business offering simple, consistently well-prepared, high-quality food at reasonable prices – cheap by South Walton standards in my opinion for the quality. Fabrice, a world-class pastry chef, makes a lot of his menu from scratch and you can tell as you can’t really order anything bad. And the bread is to die for – you have to try the bread!

My fav is the Roast Beef Sandwich but I decided to try something new and ordered one of Fabrice’s Signatures – the Chicken Salad. The description on the menu verbatim is “Sliced Chicken Breast marinated in Sweet Spices a top, Mixed Greens,

Granny Smith Apple, Pecan & Honey Raisins.($9.80)” Look at all the pecans! The dressing was a (basil?) pesto which was a surprisingly nice complement. My salad was fresh, it wasn’t over-dressed, it was substantial, it was a perfect lunch! It was served with a small basket of sliced baguette and, with a lemonade, which they serve in these adorable carafes (such a European touch), my bill came to $13. and change. Very reasonable!

Lauren had one of her favs, another of Fabrice’s Signatures, the Fresh Tuna Burger which is “Fresh Yellowfin Tuna Seared Medium Rare, over Mixed Greens, Tomatoes, Asian Dressing, Fresh Basil & Aioli Sauce on Ciabatta Bread. ($9.60)” It is another excellent selection which I’ve had several times myself – fresh basil & aioli sauce, tuna seared medium rare on that to die for bread? How can it NOT be good?

Another suggestion – if you want to throw calories and fat to the wind, you HAVE to try the french classic – the Croque Monsier which is a “Baked Sandwich -Tunafabrice Slices of White Bread filled w/ Bechamel Sauce, Warm Gruyere Cheese & Parisian Ham “Hearty Bite of Monsieur”!!! The Most Parisian of Sandwiches. ($8.60)”

After hugs goodbye, Lauren went her way and I picked up 2 croissants for the ride to pick up the boys from school. Delicious!

Reviewed by Jill Gaupin of SoWal Scene

Jill is die-hard foodie and a big part of her life revolves around eating, cooking, and drinking wine…oh, and talking about eating, cooking and drinking wine, too. Her blog, SoWal Scene, including Beach Eats Beat, can be viewed at http://www.sowalscene.com