1st Avenue Bistro & Bakery's $5.95 Breakfast Special

The 1st Avenue Bistro & Bakery has been around since 2008 downtown near the courthouse. It is owned and operated by a French couple who opened their first restaurant, Les Trois Petits Bergers, in Izeaux, France, in 1989. They also had a second establishment in Nice called Le Capitole. Their big moment came in 1996, when Les Trois was chosen as one of the official Tour De France restaurants.

But about that $5.95 breakfast -- tres soigne!

It comes with eggs (any style), lightly buttered and griddled French bread, a zestily dressed salad, a lusciously creamy potato gratin -- sans the gratin -- and a cup of assertive American coffee. When i ate there, everything was prepared just right. The room is spacious and comfy, and service, by the owner, was spot-on.

Other breakfast selections include French Toast, crêpes, and various omelettes. Fresh baked goods line display cases both indoors and at the window, but we'll save those for another day.

Coming next week: Breakfast at another 1st Avenue downtown restaurant (Northeast 1st, that is):The First & First Southern Baking Company. Blackberry waffles and cinnamon rolls? I'm in!

1st Avenue Bistro & Bakery
201 NW 1st Ave., Miami

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