A tip of the beret to Ella, Audrey and Natalie Boccara, who’ve just opened a charming little Gallic café, The French House (821 Lake Ave., 561/345-2559), in the airy, light-filled (and restaurant-eating) space at the corner of Lake Avenue and Dixie Highway in downtown Lake Worth.
That Natalie and her two daughters have no real restaurant experience wasn’t an issue in taking over the former Pietro’s Plump Tomato (and before that, Miami Subs) location and turning it into a very Lake Worthian café, with overstuffed chairs and sofa, lots of sidewalk seating, and a cheery blue-and-white color scheme.
Ella runs the front of the house while Natalie and Audrey handle things in the kitchen, focusing on pastries and inexpensive breakfast and lunch items, mostly organic. Doughs are brought in frozen from France and baked at the restaurant, which offers everything from croissants and fruit tarts to assorted cakes and cookies.
Savory dishes include sandwiches, salads, pizza and quiche, along with cheese and charcuterie plates and dinnertime dishes like steamed mussels. The French House is open Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday for breakfast and lunch, then for all three daily meals Thursday, Friday and Saturday.