Let me tell you a story about my weekend. This past Saturday, Ilhan and I woke up early (for a weekend at least) and got ready to go on a brunch day that we’d been planning for weeks. FOR WEEKS. We didn’t make it to the place…because Ilhan is one of those people that sees a new freckle (not a mole…I mean a freckle. This has actually happened.) and goes to the doctor to make sure it isn’t cancerous. So Saturday morning, Ilhan decided he needed to go to the emergency room because he felt like there was something stuck in his throat (and that it was maybe/probably cancer…not kidding). To Ilhan’s credit, he’ll for sure (knock on wood) catch anything that comes up before it’s serious, as compared to me who literally never NEVER goes to the doctor for anything, even when I’m feeling horrible.
Anyway. We had to get to the brunch place before 2 and by the time we were done at the emergency room it was 1:45, and at this point we were so freaking hungry we felt too starved to actually eat and would rather our stomachs just eat themselves haha. After a quick/desperate/too-hungry-to-even-care search on Yelp, we found Pandor Artisan Boulangerie, a place in Belmont Shore that serves brunch/breakfast food even in the afternoon.
Belmont Shore is a really nice part of Long Beach, and the street was really cute with little shops and restaurants. Pandor is no exception…it’s small with 1-2 tables inside and a nice little patio area. You order at the counter and take a number to the place you want to sit. One of the first things I noticed upon entering the place was the sandwiches above, as they’re the closest ones to French ones I’ve seen since I’ve been stateside (almost two years!). I literally almost just got a sandwich because really how good do those look/I ate baguette sandwiches pretty much every day in France and they’re the best.
I didn’t get a sandwich though. I got a bowl of Greek yogurt with berries and house-made granola, and Ilhan got the Frittata; for drinks, I got a coffee + cream and Ilhan got a whole bottle of pomegranate blueberry soda. The woman working behind the counter was REALLY sweet and helped Ilhan pick from their huge variety of cold drinks. When she realized there was no ice, instead of just having Ilhan pick something new, she went into the back and chipped pieces off the big ice blocks that hadn’t been made into cubes yet. Above and beyond!
Granted, we were absolutely starving…but we were both SO HAPPY with our meals. My granola was really nicely proportioned to the yogurt, so it never got soggy and was crunchy the whole time (I hugely prefer crunchy cereals to soggy ones!). And Ilhan LOVED his frittata, and I did too…I was kinda jealous of his meal haha. I’m someone who usually orders eggs of some kind when I’m out for breakfast, and these were EXCELLENT. Not oily at all and so very flavorful. The toast Ilhan got was really good too…not too much butter, just enough to add some saltiness. Ilhan’s soda was really really good, but my coffee was only meh. Next time I’ll probably get a latte or mocha and see how that tastes.
It was a beautiful day to sit outside…80 degrees, really sunny and breezy. The patio was a nice place to people watch and bask in the sun, and it was so lovely (Sorry East Coast! Have fun with Snowpocalypse 2015!) that we sat for a long time after eating. When it was time to go, we obviously weren’t going to turn down a dessert when all of these pastries were right in our grasp haha. We got a chocolate filled one (the woman said if you love chocolate, you should get that one…so it was a no brainer) and drove three minutes to eat it by the beach.
My eyes are 100% closed in that picture but I don’t care haha. Ps we also bought a baguette to-go and had it for dinner with camembert that night…and it was seriously so good I’m going to have to start frequenting the place for baguettes.
If you’re in the Long Beach area and are looking for a cute place for a causal meal or a quick treat, I HIGHLY recommend Pandor! We’re definitely going to be back ourselves.