Lake Norman Magazine

Out to Lunch: La Patisserie

02.24.2011: FOR LAKE NORMAN MAGAZINE. Mocha dulce de leche.
This is our "out to lunch" feature which focuses on food from a lunch menu at La Patisserie's new location in Mooresville.
T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
02.24.2011: FOR LAKE NORMAN MAGAZINE. Mocha dulce de leche. This is our "out to lunch" feature which focuses on food from a lunch menu at La Patisserie's new location in Mooresville. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

The vibe: This family-owned bakery specializing in wedding and birthday cakes and homemade pastries has opened a new second location on Brawley School Road, joining its downtown Mooresville shop. The new spot in a strip mall near the intersection with Williamson Road is bright and airy, though crowded at peak times, and offers lots of breakfast and lunch favorites including several Latino specialties (Spanish empanadas and “Ropa Vieja” from the owners’ native Colombia, a dish including rice, beans, plantains and shredded beef). And, of course, there’s plenty to ogle in the pastry case. “Can't help but love a place that puts its bakery goodies on display for all to enjoy,” says Celeste Smith, Lake Norman Magazine associate editor. “Loved admiring the rainbow of cupcake offerings!”

Menu best bets:

Oven Roasted Vegetable Sandwich ($7.95). “A feast for the eyes: Bright, fresh slices of purple eggplant, green zucchini and red peppers served prepared with a savory grilled taste, and served on warm bread. I also enjoyed the orzo side salad, prepared with green and red peppers, spinach, olives and dressing.” –Associate Editor Celeste Smith.

French toast, $6.25 (with bacon add $2). The toast is made of a croissant and earned several compliments from the team (just be sure to ask for the syrup on the side if you don’t want it already soaked in). “Yummy! The thinly sliced strawberries and bananas were awesome dipped in the whipped topping. The bacon on the side was crisp and sweet!” –Advertising Team Lead Stephanie Sturm.

Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Omelet ($7.50). “Delicious, and the side of potatoes had a unique herb flavor.” –Targeted Publications Manager Anne Devereaux.

Cobb Salad ($6.95). The old standard is done well. “Very good, fresh, with great avocados and crispy bacon.” –Account Executive Amy Wall.

California Sandwich ($7.95). “So fresh and so delicious. The bread was crispy on the outside with a sweet glaze and soft in the middle. Just what you expect from a great bakery.” –Account Executive Jane Rodewald.

Ranchero Crepe ($8.95). “The black beans, corn, ham, cheese and avocados in the crepes were flavorful and gave this Mexican-inspired dish a distinctive flair.” – Editor Leigh Dyer.

And of course, the desserts. The team sampled Bananas Foster Crepe ($7.50) – “unforgettable,” said Rodewald – Chocolate Surprise desserts in peanut butter, almond and red velvet flavors ($2 each) –“tasty and perfectly bite-sized,” said Dyer – and a “Chocolate Chocolate” cupcake ($3.95) – “fresh and moist,” said Smith.

Want to go?What: La PatisserieWhere: 631 Brawley School Road, Suite 406 in Mooresville (new location; original location at 627 North Main Street in Mooresville).Prices: Breakfast (crepes, waffles, omelets) $5.99-$7.50; lunch (salads, sandwiches, crepes) $5.95-$8.95. Hours: Mon-Wed. 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thu.-Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Info: 704-799-1631; www.mooresvillebakery.com.

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