Heather Hoch

Merci French Cafe and Pastisserie

If you ever dined at chef-owner Duc Liao's past restaurant Scratch, you are familiar with a distinct French style in décor, with ornate wallpaper patterns contrasting with simple white walls and fashion photography spattering the walls. Merci is no different, though it has been altered from the original design. While breakfast and lunch options like crepes and salads are up for grabs and dinner includes a ribeye with a creamy pepper sauce or plump scallops with crisp veggies, Liao's greatest triumph comes in the pastry case. The ornate desserts in inventive flavor combinations are near perfectly executed. For French food lovers, this spot is a must-stop.

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