This French bakery is called Main Street Bakery & Chez Fabien Bistro. It is located in Grapevine, Texas also known as the Christmas Capital on historic Main Street. During the holidays Main Street is especially festive as people come from all over to enjoy the Christmas spirit, holiday lights, and activities at Santa’s village. Main Street is lined with original artisanal shops, American, French and Italian restaurants, and local winery tasting bars. This French bakery also offers a bistro experience called Chez Fabien.
I was referred to the area by a lovely Italian lady I met while getting my highlights done at Audra Ballard Hair Salon up the street on Main Street in Grapevine a few days before my birthday. So for the occasion, my daughter and I took a festive stroll there and walked into Main Street Bakery to pick up a French birthday holiday cake. I had taken a peek at the website beforehand and I knew it was too late to order but I had my eye on this fabulous looking cake called ” La Bombe” filled with chocolate ganache and almond paste.
As we walked in rather late in the afternoon I quickly glanced in the display to no avail until I asked the young lady who said she would go check in the back. Lo and behold she came back a few seconds later with a big white box containing that same cake I had drooled over online! The Bomb! My birthday cake patiently waiting for me 🙂 A blessing!
Of course, my daughter wanted to take home some mini strawberry tarts and the gracious young lady added a “Mini Chocolate Bomb” cake to our take-home box as a gift 🙂
The verdict: this cake was succulent, delicate, light and so very festive and it also acted as the bûche for Christmas as it was much bigger than it looked. This cake was truly the bomb! Thank you! Merci!
These pictures were taken at La Madeleine Bakery & Café a French bakery franchise in Texas and other states in the USA. It all started in 1976 when Louis le Duff opened Brioche Dorée in Brest, a city in Brittany in northwestern France.
Then in 1983, the first la Madeleine location opened in the heart of Dallas, Texas on Mockingbird lane across from Southern Methodist University.
Today there are now over 80 la Madeleine locations, each with their own individual French charm.
In Texas, French culture and gastronomy are alive and well. Here are some favorite local bakeries in TheDallas Metroplex area akaDallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) or North Texas.which is comprised of 13 counties, a dozen cities and suburbs home to just over 7 million people. With over 9,200 square miles DFW is the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States.
There are so many places to indulge and savor our favorite French treats such as croissants, pains au chocolat, beignets, Napoléon, Mille-feuilles, Tarte aux fruits, macarons, etc… as well as other French holiday traditional cakes such as Bûche de Noel or Galette des Rois the traditional French King cake. Here are a few bakeries and the list will grow:
The question is: which French Bakeries in the Dallas Metroplex area are the most authentic patisseries? Well, stay tuned to find out and/or share your favorite in the comments. This post is an on-going project!
The French take their bread and baguette especially very seriously, it is not just bread especially outside of French local ingredients (although it contains very basic ingredients: wheat flour, water, yeast, and common salt) it is a cultural art to make the “perfect ” baguette! (read the history of the Baguette) It is also the ultimate comfort and staple food for the expatriated Frenchies along with the wine and cheese, baked goods and other French specialties goodies, etc… that they cannot live without.
We are fortunate to have so many options and great French chefs here in LA …
The search for the ” Best baguette in L.A” organized by French Morning narrowed down to the following nine (9) competing finalists:
François Hiegel of Bouchon, Amar Chibane of Boulangerie de Paris, Ran Zimon ofBread Lounge, Zack Hall of Clark Street Bread, Pascal Marin of Figaro Café in Los Feliz, Jean-Luc Labat of Frogs Organic Bakery, Nathan Dakdouk Larder Baking Co, Frederic Soulies of Pitchoun Bakery and Tony Salazar of Porto’s Bakery.
See also our list of the Best French Bakeries by our French A L.A Carte readers!
Check it out next time you’re in Studio City! I almost don’t want to tell you about Belwood Bakery ***, cause it’s a wonderful little piece of quiet heaven right on the Blvd in the city! (except during lunchtime rush hour) I especially loved the private quiet patio on the side and the warm atmosphere inside with comfy work area and dining area. Good choice of staple French items like croissants, almond croissants & variety of pastries, cakes, good bread, smoothies, coffee, and delicious fresh sandwiches, soups & salads!
*** name change/new ownership in 2015 to Belle Bakery
The smoked salmon sandwich I had for lunch was very fresh! Free coffee refills and WIFI!