When I was in college and a group of us would head down to the beach for the day we’d always stop at Publix to pick up some libations and a trusty sub. If only I knew then what I know now. We should have been stopping at Mon Délice, a classic french bakery in New Smyrna Beach. Although I’m not sure my younger self would have appreciated the quality of the fresh baked bread and pastries they have, I’d like to think she would have. Now that I know its there I never miss the opportunity to pick up a sandwich or napoleon (okay both, I get both).
Mon Délice is open for breakfast and lunch they have a wide assortment of freshly made pastries, quiche and breads.
Roast Beef Sub
The star of Mon Délice’s sandwiches is their bread. The meat is your basic deli meat (good quality but nothing to write home about) and they have a great vinaigrette to top the sandwich with but the star is the bread. It is crusty on the outside and smooshy on the inside – everything bread should be and more.
I usually get a mini ham and cheese quiche if I’m there for breakfast. I guess much like their sandwich the star is the perfectly flaky crust that hold that magic egg, cheese and ham filling; both are delicious but the crust just edges out the filling (that might be because of my longstanding love affair with carbs).
Speaking of a love affair with carbs. I have dreams about their croissants. Its like heaven in your mouth; flakey and buttery. Toast it and spread just a little butter on there and you won’t regret it (your hips might but you won’t)
I’ll be the first to admit that before I started getting in touch with my inner foodie I would have told you that a Napoleon was a short man that tried to take over the world in the olden days; I know better now. Its puff pastry and whipped cream and sunshine and happiness; all the good things in the world. I don’t have the words, they have the best Napoleon I’ve ever had.
Cream Horn & Chocolate Delice
I’m combining these because even though they’re different they’re kind of the same too. Its puff pastry with a creamy filling. It doesn’t disappoint; the chocolate filling with the cream is really rich and you might need a nap after you eat it (the nap is a small price to pay).
Key Lime Tart (guest post by Josh)
I asked Maggie to let me do the write up for Mon Délice’s key lime tart, because everyone has their favorite pastry, and mine is key lime pie. This take is everything it should be. The crust is moist yet flaky, the filling is sweet, delicious, and yellow (green key lime pie is a lie! lime juice is NOT neon green). I keep telling myself next time I’ll try something else, but I don’t know who I think I’m kidding. I’ll be leaving Mon Delice with a key lime tart every time we go, without fail.