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Last month, I told you about new head chef Paul Niles at the eclectic South Park bistro, Vagabond.

Now, the restaurant continues its transient march across the Franco-inspired palette by participating in the 2nd annual Tour de Cuisine, which runs from March 24 to April 1.

For the event, Paul Niles has created a thirty-dollar, three-course menu highlighting the finest of French cuisine based on his own travels and classical culinary training.

Here’s a look at when he has in store:

Tour De Cuisine Dinner

(Choice of one)

Tarte Aux Champignons

Wild Mushroom Tart, Baby Mixed Greens, Sherry Vinaigrette

Frisee Aux Lardons

Frisee with Bacon, Champagne Vinaigrette, Poached Egg

Ris De Veal

Sweetbreads, Asparagus, Lemon Caper Beurre Blanc


(Choice of one)


Le Leeks, Fennel, Scallop, Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, Sea Bass, Tomato Saffron Broth

Cassoulet Au Confit De Canard

Duck Leg Confit, White Beans, Sausage, Swiss chard

Steak Frites

Bistro Steak, Herb Butter, & Fries


(Choice of one)


Bittersweet Chocolate, Vanilla Cream, & Berries

Tarte Tatin

Brandied Apples, Crème Anglaise, Puff Pastry


Almond Cake Topped With Seasonal Fruit & Torched Meringue

French Restaurant Week is a yearly event coordinated by the San Diego French Chamber of Commerce to promote French business.

Vagabond - 2310 30th Street – South Park

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Ian Pike March 20, 2012 @ 4:11 p.m.

For my money: sweetbreads, cassoulet, and tarte tatin.


Ed Bedford March 20, 2012 @ 5:08 p.m.

For me, frisee, bouillabaisse, tarte tatin


Ian Pike March 20, 2012 @ 6:19 p.m.

I've been eating salads with egg for breakfast recently. Wilted greens with potatoes and the eggs sunny side, just a little twist of lemon and some olive oil for the dressing, is a very good breakfast salad. Plus, people give you looks when you eat a hot salad at 8:30 in the morning.


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