There are two qualities in a restaurant that are guaranteed to win over any customer: good food and good people.
Over in the Delano District, you will find just that in a French bakery on west Douglas. They’re a popular little spot that’s been around for over three decades now in Wichita. People literally drive from all parts of the state to pick up their pastries and desserts. But this review will cover much more because La Galette French Bakery is not just about the desserts. There’s a whole lot more going on!
1017 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67213
Monday – Saturday: 8:30am – 3pm
Closed on Sunday
Facebook (Menu available here)
The first thing though that catches your eyes is the display of desserts. Don’t be overwhelmed by it all. The guys working that afternoon were able to answer any and all questions customers had about what felt like every single one. They were able to make suggestions, explain what each dessert was made of, and give a little back story of some of the desserts. I love hearing restaurant owners and staff talking about their food. I’m no cook so learning about what goes into each one is really fascinating to me.
After glancing through the desserts, I started lunch off backwards and ordered the St. Tropez for starters. Most people end their meals with dessert, I wanted to change things up that afternoon. The picture doesn’t do the dessert true justice. While very similar to a cake, this rich cream-filled brioche gets its name from its hometown of origin, St. Tropez, France. The guys over at La Galette told me you can’t find this dessert anywhere else in town. It’s unique to La Galette and it’s simply splendid. It’s also one of the most popular desserts there. After eating it, I contemplated cancelling my lunch order and getting more dessert but common sense one that day.
For lunch we went with the following:
If you thought their desserts were good, just wait until you try their lunch menu. My friend went with their lunch special which was the Southwest chicken over rice along with chicken and rice soup (Yes, he must be a big fan of chicken and rice). He thought both were fantastic and was amazed how good the food was given it was his first time ever at La Galette. The portion size he received was more than enough as well.
I had the pastrami sandwich served in a croissant as recommended by the staff along with the lentil soup. I was hesitant at first because I felt the croissant would just fall apart while eating but that wasn’t the case. It’s the only way to go when you order a sandwich. It was a great sandwich with plenty of meat. The Lentil soup was served hot and was delicious.
Before ordering the sandwich, I was back and forth on whether to go with the sandwich or the Quiche. Since I ordered the sandwich, I went back the very next day and ordered their seafood Quiche and a fattouch salad.
The seafood Quiche was possibly the best I’ve ever had; nice generous heaping of seafood such as crab inside that didn’t have me second-guessing my order. The fattouch salad was as expected a highly piled stack of lettuce. It was certainly lighter tasting than most other fattouch around town; maybe it was the dressing as it didn’t have much on it.
Regardless two different visits to La Galette and both were big wins. The only real negative of the place is that they are just open for lunch but don’t expect that to change.
The other huge positive besides the food is the people. Everybody there is SOOOOOO incredibly friendly and just as knowledgeable on the menu. Every person who walked in received a greeting and every person who left received a thank you. It’s the small things like that which can really help a restaurant thrive. Others should take note.
Add La Galette to your rotation of restaurants. You’ll be glad you did.
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