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April 12, 2012

La Parisienne (The French Bakery): a Morro Bay Mainstay

by Rylan Stewart
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Breakfast sandwiches for $4 on homemade croissants and french bread? Fresh (and homemade) pastries, quiche and fruit tarts? A view of the bay? La Parisienne Bakery in Morro Bay offers fresh, quality breakfast and lunch food at the kind of prices that most people from Los Angeles pay for a single cup of fancy coffee and a dry scone in the morning.

La Parisienne (a locals tip – many people also call it “The French Bakery”) has been a mainstay at 1140 Front Street on the Morro Bay Embarcadero for the past eight years now. While the other storefronts on this block have come and gone, La Parisienne has become one of the most popular spots in town.

Located under a nondescript red sign that simply says “Bakery,” the restaurant has inside and outside seating available. On a sunny day, make sure you sit outside for views like this.

 

How would you feel if your day began at 4 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m.? During an interview, would you: A) smile and shrug and act cheerful as you fix fresh food in a fresh white apron? Or B) smile and shrug and then punch me right in the face?

If you answered A, you are the owner La Parisienne named Debra Mouret, who helps bake in the early morning and runs the kitchen during the day (7:30 to 5:00 p.m. are the hours of operation). If you answered B, you are an entirely reasonable person who should do interviews over the phone.

The menu is relatively simple, yet broad, and caters towards the breakfast and lunch crowd. In addition to breakfast and lunch sandwiches, there is the usual fresh soup and salad fare, and of course the large assortment of baked pastries, breads, and quiches. The food is all made fresh and is as authentically French as the head baker (he is French).

(Soup and Sandwich deal – $6.85.  Pictured: Turkey Club and Minestrone Soup)

According to Debra, the most popular items on the menu are the breakfast sandwiches, the onion soup, the fruit tarts and the strawberry croissants.

Debra has been in the bakery business for 25 years, and she took her business from Hanford in the California Valley out to Morro Bay eight years ago. When I asked her to describe Morro Bay, she said, “It is paradise… with cold water… and some fog.”

But don’t sell yourself short, Debra. It is the businesses like yours that make this area a paradise as much as the weather. Thank you for keeping prices so fair for all these years and producing such delicious food.

Central Coast Lending is a mortgage brokerage with offices in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles.

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