Hey there DVC Duo readers, it’s another Foodie Friday with yours truly. I’ve been trying to do a few more quick-serve reviews because I often think there’s a lot of hidden gems out there where you can really get a good value (ie Satuli Canteen and Tangierene Cafe – reviews to come!). Nate and I have long frequented Les Vins de France for my customary glass of Veuve Clicquot (it’s nostalgic as that was our champagne from our wedding) but we rarely venture into Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie. We will occasionally get the cheese plate to go with our bubbly and have gotten a croissant here and there as a mid-morning treat, but we’ve never eaten a full meal there before. On our last trip, we figured what the heffalump, let’s give it a whirl
First let me start by saying that I really enjoy the conversation with the purveyors at Les Vins de France. I find them to always be delightful and very courteous. I haven’t always had that same experience in Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie. Our foray into the quick serve was no different. One’s quick-serve entitlement includes an entree and a drink.
There isn’t a whole lot of explanation on the menu about what is or isn’t included, but the folks behind the counter were somewhat helpful in that explanation. Truthfully though, the entree options in my opinion aren’t the greatest value, especially since you can get a pretty hearty stuffed croissant or quiche for a snack. The sandwiches don’t come with anything on the side and the salads are meager. There are serious restrictions on your wine choices and you essentially only have a choice between the house red and house white. The pours were TINY (maybe 3 oz).
We ended up settling on splitting the chicken sandwich with cheese, tomato, red onion, and pesto (this is Italian, no?). I recall the sandwich was fine, nothing special and truthfully I am having a hard time remembering the details. This is from a person who remembers the salad bar at their favorite childhood restaurant (Hannah Jack’s) very clearly. Also, it was a fairly small sandwich. Coupled with our tiny glass of wine and the less than friendly service, I was not impressed and somewhat irritated that I had “wasted” a dining entitlement on that.
In my opinion, it should come with a small side – soup or salad, or a roll if you’re getting one of the salads. Or, a dessert – something! Between the meager wine and the less than satisfactory sandwich, I think it’ll be a snowy day in Florida before I return there for a full meal.
My suggestion – stick to the snack offerings! Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie has amazing croissants, quiches, tartines, and patisserie. These are all snack entitlements and a much better value for your money. Plus, these items are a bit more portable as it gets crowded inside. There are plenty of more scenic places to enjoy your fare just outside and around the courtyard.
Overall, I’m glad we confirmed our long-held belief that a meal at Les Halles Boulangerie wasn’t really “worth it”. Hopefully we can save you that same feeling of “meh…”. Seriously though, the snacks are really terrific, the stuffed croissants and quiche make a great and filling anytime snack or light meal (think breakfast for anyone staying in the Boardwalk area hotels!). Give it a try and say hi to our old pal Remy! Bon Appetit!