Cafe La France: Empire Street, Providence

June 20, 2014

This little gem is just around the corner from my office so I tend to pop in to grab some breakfast whenever I need a bit of an energy boost pre 9am.

It's what the Brits would call a 'Greasy Spoon' which sounds like a terrible insult, but it really isn't!

Greasy Spoon Cafes are a bit of an institution back home. They serve up honest, simple and often incredibly good value food, usually focusing on breakfast and the famous 'Full English'.

Rarely does food get faffed about with at a greasy spoon: You ordered an egg sandwich? You'll get buttered bread with an egg in it- an egg sandwich by any other name. That's why I like Cafe La France so much, they do what they do and they do it really well.

My go to on an energy-slump morning is a bacon and cheese croissant with a latte. Also a brownie sometimes. Ok most of the time. 

For the grand total of about $8 (about £4.70) I get my freshly filled bacon and cheese croissant, a decent sized latte and a slab of brownie that's the size of my face. If that's not good value I don't know what is.

I've said before that writing about where I eat isn't about reviewing the places, it's about the flavours and experiences that influence my cooking and recipes.
What Cafe La France reminds me is that simple food and simple flavours are something to be proud of and do well. There is a time for fancy pants stuff and there is a time for keeping things simple.

Cafe La France, 73 Empire Street, Providence, Rhode Island

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