Croissants are one of my favorite things to eat. I could devour the flaky roll any time of day - breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack - much like bacon. But that's another story.
Since I eat croissants so much, I'd like to think my palate knows what tastes good. You know, what one would expect to eat in France. I wouldn't know, though, having never been there, but I can imagine what the experience would be like.
Now, I don't need to imagine or travel to France, thanks to a new South Florida eatery called Hamptons Cafe, which is just a short trip down I-95. It's located in one of my company's shopping centers - Biscayne Commons - at 14881 Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami. UPDATE: The Biscayne Commons location has since closed. But Hamptons Cafe's original location in Aventura at 20281 E. Country Club Drive is still open.
Though described as a coffee shop, it offers more than just coffee and pastries. Although, they do have ah-MAZING coffee and pastries! The croissants shipped in from France and baked on-site are crispy on the outside, moist and flavorful on the inside. Varieties include plain, multigrain, almond, chocolate and raspberry. I've had them all and they're all delicious, but my favorite is the chocolate. I love all things chocolate. Not the kind that's too sweet or the kind that's a little bitter but the good kind, the milk chocolate kind. Speaking of chocolate, I also enjoy Hamptons' cafe mocha. It's made with that good kind of chocolate. You can get it hot or on ice and it tastes great either way.
Some of their other offerings include Argentinian empanadas, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, quiches and of course, desserts made by a former Ritz Carlton chef. Is your appetite whet yet?
Now that you've got a small taste of their food, let's talk about the place itself. The ambiance and decor is unique and inviting. Cozy vignette seating with jazz music playing in the background. With free wi-fi, it's a great place to work or just hang out. To top it off, the owners and employees are extremely nice and genuine. This little unknown for now spot in North Miami is your new "Starbucks" as one reviewer put it. And with the addition of live music, beer and wine, this place will be one you frequent beyond breakfast.