One Wednesday every month, I have the privelege of getting a wonderfully relaxing massage in downtown Leesburg. Its the one day I don't have to work, I run errands only if I have to, and I can explore some shops and eateries that I don't normally get to go to very often. So I had one these days recently and it just so happens my massage ends around noon...just in time for lunch. Where to go? There are so many unique little cafes and such in oldtown Leesburg.
I leave the massage parlor and begin walking down the street contemplating this very matter when I happen upon a little building that looks like an old house with a small hanging sign that says Eiffel Tower Cafe. It seems kind of quiet. Is it open? I'm not sure. What kind of atmosphere? Can't really tell. Ah, but there is a menu out front. Hmm, a few things catch my eye. My only alternative is to go in and find out what kind of establishment it is.
The main door is on the side of the building where there is an adorable little patio area where I imagine on a nice summer evening it being full of couples enjoying a glass of wine by the ivy and twinkle lights. The bell on the door jingles as I open it. It does not appear there are any other customers inside but a middle-aged gentleman with a friendly smile, greets me with a menu and asks if I am alone. Yes, just me, I reply.
He leads me to a table against the wall which is decorated with many paintings and various ornaments of the Eiffel Tower and Paris scenery. The tables are all covered in white linen and adorned with single red roses and small table lamps. In his genuinely French accent, the waiter tells me about the specials, takes my drink order of San Benedetto sparkling water, then apologizes that its not more busy in the restaurant. Its always busy on the weekend evenings, he assures me.
He returns with my fancy water and I order the tarragon chicken salad sandwich. A few minutes later, out comes this beautiful plate with a greatly portioned chicken salad sandwich on a croissant which is so buttery and flaky and the tarragon just sings right through so joyously. It is topped with fresh dark greens and a slice of ripe tomato.
Next to this delicious sandwich is a lovely dark green salad lightly dressed with some sort of citrusy vinagrette. It is a delightful compliment to the tarragon chicken. In addition to the salad, there is also a side of pasta. Penne with some olives and feta cheese. An interesting Greek flair in a French cafe. But it works so nicely together. A lot of food but still light on the tummy as well as the wallet. That whole wonderful feast was only eight bucks!
Thankfully before I was finished with my meal, a group of ladies had come in for a lunch date so I didn't feel so bad that I was the only one in there anymore. I would love to go back on a Saturday night sometime when the weather's a bit warmer and have a date night with my Superking on the patio. Their desserts looked pretty amazing too! While I finished up my lunch that day, I felt as though I had been transported to a little cafe in the heart of Paris herself. What a delightful addition to my day!