A year and half ago I reviewed Ooh La La, a small French bakery, in Sarasota, Florida, on the day it opened. I knew it would be a success. Now they have expanded their deliciously decadent dishes as well as their days and hours. This authentic bistro-style bakery reminds me of walking down a side street in Paris.
When I long for that “French moment” I head back to Ooh La La, now open on Sundays, This cafe is my favorite to linger over the newspaper with a mug of cafe au lait and a buttery almond croissant or crepe La Bretonne, with raspberries, cream, and kirsch.
French owner-baker, Teresa, makes a special quiche of the day every day. This cafe is my favorite Sunday morning treat. If you ask her in advance she will make any quiche you like served with a salad or buy the whole quiche for a party, or yourself. My latest love affair is spinach, goat cheese and walnut quiche. This is the only spot I have found so far in the United States to find an authentic Lintzer Tart. When I don’t have time to linger in the delightful ambiance, I pop in for a fresh warm baguette to go.
Like Paris, Ooh La La French Bakery is a feeling.
Ooh La La French Bakery
2705 Mall Drive
Gulf Gate Village
Open Tuesday-Sunday at 9 A.M.