A late-afternoon lunch of boeuf bourguignon and a glass of pinot noir was under $20 at Wilton Manor's quaint little boutique eatery Le Patio. I sat outside among mismatched furniture in Le Patio's tiny "backyard" at a table made out of an old New Orleans sewing machine. The beef dish was tender, hearty, and rich, with thick button mushrooms and chunks of carrot and pearl onion. It was also as lovingly nostalgic as all the old beer signs and French memorabilia along the patio's wooden fence.
Le Patio is run by Veronique Leroux and Jean Doherty, who formerly ran
Sugar 'n' Spice Cafe
on Oakland Park Boulevard. As small and cozy as
that comfort-food-driven restaurant was, Le Patio is even cozier. It's
barely eight feet wide and is essentially a long hallway filled with
wine racks, antique tables, and lots of artsy photos of naked people.
The interior is cute, but the back patio where I ate, from which the
place takes its name, is romantic and gorgeous all at once.
In addition to the boeuf, which came with egg noodles, I tried a
roasted goat cheese salad. The goat cheese was coated with herbs de
province and baked on top of toast points and sat on top of a mixed-greens salad with blanched green beans, walnuts, peppers, and a very
light Champagne vinaigrette. I thought it was a great salad to drink
wine with as well, one of Le Patio's other highlights. The wine
selection is not large, but an inexpensive glass of pinot along with
peasant-style French food and that stellar view goes a long way.
2401 NE 11th Ave., Wilton Manors