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Her quiche is amazingly hearty.

What sets it apart is the sumptuous, yellow-tinged custard filled generously with yummy ingredients: caramelized onion, Gouda and spinach. Perhaps a few strips of ham. The top is a dappled combination of brown and gold. The crust is flaky, yet strong enough to hem it all in.

Each week, two variations are offered, which always include a vegetarian option. One of the most popular is the original from the French-German region of Lorraine. It contains bacon and Gruyère cheese.

A liberal piece is $7.99 and served with your choice of soup or such salads as pasta, spring and fruit.

Luckily for me, the Lorraine happened
to be the special on the recent afternoon that I dined. Not a flake was
left on the plate. The pasta salad, however, I felt could have used a
little work in the flavor department.

right, LD’s quiche is for “real men.”

restaurant serves up entrees on old-fashioned china plates that are
cleverly mixed and matched from old sets. This adds to the French
countrychic feel of the intimate eatery.

sure to start with a glass of cold peach tea ($1.99), served with a
refreshingly frozen peach slice. A substantial hot tea menu is also on

Sandwiches are
another popular option. Traditional selections include a smoked Gouda
club, chicken salad and a club and roast beef. Bread is either a
croissant, bagel, white or wheat. All are served with chips and a pickle
for $7.59.

My dining
companion opted for the half sandwich duo ($8.99) with the same sides
mentioned above. She enjoyed the roast beef sandwich with lean slices of
beef, a mild horseradish- Dijon-mayo sauce, all served on an everything
bagel. Her only complaint was she wished she would have asked for the
mayo on the side, as she wasn’t a huge fan.

we both missed LD’s listing for grilled cheese ($7.59). Apparently, it
is the most requested item. Melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar with bacon, avocado and honey Dijon mustard on sourdough French bread, it is a favorite among regulars.

children’s meal is also available ($4.99). It offers a cup of
chicken-noodle soup with a peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese
sandwich, plus chips or strawberry applesauce, chocolate-chip cookie and

for sweets, you have to get there early for the dessert of the day
($3.99). Regrettably, when we visited, all the chocolate-mint gooey
butter cake was gone.

is almost always all about cake here: Italian cream cake, grandma’s
chocolate cake and strawberries-and-cream cake, which we sampled.

on-site from scratch, it arrived atop a raspberry sauce. The cake was
moist and heavily studded with strawberries. The cream-cheese frosting
was sweet, but not cloying.

featured pie was the coconut-custard pie. I couldn’t pass this one up,
given the difficulty required to prepare this type of custard. Every
bite was laden with flakes of coconut, while the custard melted in my
mouth. I moved the huge dollop of whipped cream to the side of my plate.
I would recommend a lesser amount so the true flavor of this amazing
indulgence can be enjoyed.

is available for takeout. Its everyday menu is available for single
servings or larger portions, too. Quiches, cakes and pies that serve six
to eight ($17) come in a variety of flavors. The best advice: Order in
advance, as Andeel frequently rotates her selections.

Gazette’s restaurant review policy is to highlight the positive
aspects, and include constructive criticism regarding food, ambience or
service when appropriate.

Photos by Mark Hancock

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