Cafe Monte – Charlotte, NC

We went to a cool restaurant for lunch on Saturday while we were in Charlotte – Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro.

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I was excited about the French cuisine before we even got to the restaurant…we don’t have any French fare in the ‘Burg.  The inside was very cool,

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but the menu was even cooler.  It took me a while to decide what I wanted because there was so much good stuff to choose from.  I eventually just had to block out the Hors D’Oeuvres, Entrees Principale, Eggs & Omelettes, Crepes, Toast & Waffles, Quiche, Pizza, and Sides so that I could focus on the Soupes & Salades and Sandwiches.  Picking something that qualified as a “typical lunch item” was the only way I could narrow down my choices.

I started off with a cup of the “French Tomato Bisque”

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and it was really good – not too creamy, but tons of flavor.

Then he brought out my sandwich, the “Cafe Monte Open Face Vegetarien”

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with onion marmalade, red pepper, tomato, asparagus, goat cheese, and basil pesto – and a side salad with apricot glaze.  I absolutely LOVED this sandwich.  The sweet onion marmalade and basil pesto complimented the creamy goat cheese in all the right ways.  The toasted bread even added some crunch as a bonus.

John also made a really good call on the “Cafe Monte French Dip” with “Pommes Frites.”

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I was lucky enough to get a bite of this beauty, and it was just as tasty as it looks.

After lunch, we headed to Williams & Sonoma to start looking at stuff to register for.  I had way too much fun looking at all of the amazing kitchen gear in that place. I wanted to shoot the gun at just about every item in the store, but I figured that would be tacky.  I picked out our cookware and called it quits so couldn’t get trigger-happy.  Instead, I enjoyed some of the best apple cider I’ve ever had.

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And then I found John (who didn’t think we needed to register for anything) browsing the knives…

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Maybe I’ll let him pick those out…

We went back to AB and Jeff’s and hung out at home with Ellie

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and Mr. Moe

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for the rest of the evening.  We bonded, went through photos, played a very competitive game  of late night monopoly, ordered pizza for dinner, and ate some of the best cheese dip I’ve ever put in my mouth.

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We were sad to leave Sunday morning, but get to see AB and Jeff again soon since the holidays are here!

I have to break up our weekend activities into 2 posts – Sunday night deserves it’s own due to a little adventure…

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