Croque Madam from Merci French Cafe and Patisserie: 100 Favorite Dishes

A French classic executed perfectly at Merci in Scottsdale.
A French classic executed perfectly at Merci in Scottsdale.
Heather Hoch

Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email

4. Croque Madam from Merci French Cafe and Patisserie

See also: Merci French Café Operates in Scratch's Spirit but Has Some Growing To Do

French cuisine might seem a little stuck up to you, and it certainly can be. However, chef-owner Duc Liao's little cafe in Scottsdale, Merci, strips the pretension out of French food, leaving you with a great meal that's executed with precision, but still has some rustic soul.

While his delicate pastries are a must-try, if you're looking for a classic French experience, try out his croque madam. Served on a thick slice of homemade French country bread that has been generously buttered and then toasted, the thickly-sliced ham is sandwiched between a creamy, yet herbaceous, bechamel sauce underneath and a layer of melted swiss on top. It wouldn't be a madam without the egg, which Liao fries up perfectly.

Since the dish is served with a nice, light side salad, rather than hash browns, you will also likely have enough room to sample something from the dessert case, which is usually stocked with chocolate mousses, meringue tartes, and more.

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7620 E. Indian School Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


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