Le Patio is run by Veronique Leroux and Jean Doherty, who formerly ran
Sugar 'n' Spice Cafe on Oakland Park Boulevard. As small and cozy as
that comfort-food-driven restaurant was, Le Patio is even cozier. It's
barely eight feet wide and is essentially a long hallway filled with
wine racks, antique tables, and lots of artsy photos of naked people.
The interior is cute, but the back patio where I ate, from which the
place takes its name, is romantic and gorgeous all at once.
In addition to the boeuf, which came with egg noodles, I tried a
roasted goat cheese salad. The goat cheese was coated with herbs de
province and baked on top of toast points and sat on top of a mixed-greens salad with blanched green beans, walnuts, peppers, and a very
light Champagne vinaigrette. I thought it was a great salad to drink
wine with as well, one of Le Patio's other highlights. The wine
selection is not large, but an inexpensive glass of pinot along with
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peasant-style French food and that stellar view goes a long way.