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Delices de France French Bakery

A storefront off South Dixie Highway near a McDonald's is not where you'd expect to get a taste of Paris. But Delices de France does its best to prove that location isn't everything. In fact, with a smattering of tables overlooking a blacktop parking lot, the bakery confidently announces that when you indulge in its baked goods, you will be transported to a French boulangerie on the Champs-�lysées. The moment you walk in - which can be tricky considering there is often a line out the door - you are overcome with the smell of fresh pastries. The croissants are buttery, with flaky exteriors concealing a doughy but aerated interior. Try the almond croissant ($2.50), filled with a homemade almond cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The ham and cheese croissant ($2.50) can easily double as a lunch sandwich. There's also prosciutto and fresh mozzarella on Ciabatta bread prepared with a secret Mediterranean herb spice ($7.50), and the "Parisian kiss," served on a baguette with Genoa salami, Brie, lettuce, and tomato ($6.95). But you'd be remiss if you left Delices without indulging in the chocolate mousse ($2.95 per individual serving) or the passion fruit and chocolate mousse cake ($2.95 per individual serving). On weekends, fresh fruit tarts ($4.25 for an individual size or $25 for an eight-inch tart) are available. On your way out the door, grab a warm baguette ($2); they're baked three times a day.

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