- I love French food – so yummy, French people – so chic, the French language – so musical, and a trip to France – so romantic, so naturally when I heard about a French cafe and bakery I had to investigate
Friends told me about this establishment, the Blue Door Cafe, and it’s aptly named, for it truly does have a blue entrance door, but curious and hungry minds like mine (and maybe like yours) want to know just exactly what is behind this blue door. I took it upon myself to find out.
I stepped inside and was shown to a table. A quick look around told me the place was clean and that’s always most important in a restaurant. The Blue Door is not a fancy place, but that’s ok with me because restaurants that are too slick often lack charm. (And if you’ve ever been to Europe you’ll agree that many of the restaurants in small villages there are quite unpretentious too.)
I was smart to arrive at The Blue Door on an off hour, not the morning breakfast time nor the busy lunch rush, so the place wasn’t very crowded.
This was good for me because I was able to talk to the staff, ask many questions, and of course, Take Pictures!
And here they are! Meet the people behind the scene who make the kitchen run like clockwork. Happy-looking people, aren’t they? Maybe they’re so happy because their work day is nearly over and they’ll be free to go home soon, but I suspect they’re always happy because they love their work, and happy bakers make happy, delicious food.
And here are the girls who take the orders, work behind the counter, deliver the food, do the cleanup and probably do a lot more too … they do it all with big smiles on their faces and I think that’s very important. My spiritual directives tell me we should all be of service to others, but we must do our work with joy or it doesn’t count at all.
And here’s THE MAN, the man behind the whole operation. This is Mike. He told me about his training and some of his plans for the restaurant. I applaud him. It’s important we all pursue our dreams and that’s exactly was Mike is doing, and I’ll tell you, he makes a mean croissant. Take a look at the delicious sandwich I ordered.
This sandwich is the Blue Door’s version of a traditional French Bistro style sandwich (using a house made large croissant) with extra bold imported Dijon mustard, Leoncini ham, cave-aged imported Gruyere, and house-made bechamel/ served with house-made chips. I enjoyed it very much along with a cup of their delicious house ground Angel Falls coffee, coffee that is made right here in Akron, Ohio.
If you have a chance to go to France… Go! … by all means, but if not, go to the Blue Door Cafe for breakfast or for lunch. Watch a little of A Year in Provence first, and then step into the cafe and let the food take you the rest of the way, away to a French experience – at least to a French food experience.
The mission of the Blue Door Cafe is to offer you, their guest, an ever-changing menu full of healthy, creative and house-made dishes using as many of the freshest, high-quality and local ingredients as possible.
If you love good food as I do, good French food, and if you live anywhere near Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio this place is for you, but if you’re reading this from some far off location I hope I haven’t made you too hungry. I hope you can find a good French cafe and bakery to enjoy in your own area, but if not, take out your cook books and try to make your own croissants and brioche. Necessity is the mother of invention.