Bastille Day—A time to celebrate French Revolution and pay respect to its liberation. But more importantly, the one day of the year we get to run around with ink moustaches; enthusiastically shouting “Bonjour, Oui, Oui”.
And since you’re so on-point with the French impersonations, you may as well pop out on your unicycle for un café and a cheesy delicious Croque Madame. It really would be rude not to.
P.s. We totes understand if you’re left feeling a tad unsure of where to find such a rare French delicacy (aka cheese, ham, and egg on toast), so we’ve compiled a list of the best Croque Madames on the Sunshine Coast. These ladies won’t disappoint!
By far the most popular and raved about Croque Madame on the Sunshine Coast, Elliotts Bistro serve up a smoked ham and parmesan béchamel on sourdough, topped with the obligatory fried egg. And since we are in the mood for celebrating—and we actually have a perfectly good excuse—you may as well team it up with an espresso martini. Oui Oui!
Where: Shop 102, 102 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland
Contact: 07 5479 5115
NOOSA HOT BREAD SHOP
FYI—Noosa Hot Bread Shop will be rocking a killer four course set-menu on Bastille Day. It’s looking pretty tasty and it’s BYO. #Winning. But if you can’t make it for that, then we highly recommend you at least turn up for their Croque Madame, made from pain de mie bread (freshly baked daily), ham off the bone, béchamel, provolone cheese, and a fried egg. You can also opt to just go for a Croque Monsieur—which is the exact same thing sans the egg. Makes sense… I guess?
Where: Shop 5, 4-6 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5448 0959
If you didn’t know this already, Gainsbourg in Mooloolaba is named after the late Serge Gainsbourg: An eccentric and celebrated French musician, actor, and ladies man. So it makes sense that Gainsbourg boasts a number of scrumptious French-inspired brekkies on their menu, with a Truffled Croque Madame featuring as one of the stars. This ham and cheese brioche toastie, with truffled béchamel, dijon mustard, and fried egg won’t disappoint. Follow it up with one of their super tomatoey Bloody Marys, and life will be sweet.
Where: Shop 109, 59-75 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5478 1498
MAISON DE PROVENCE
If you’re looking for some authentic French flair, then Maison de Provence is the place for you. A family run business; Francoise and Eric have been injecting their French heritage into the hearts of the Cooroy people for a good while now. Their Croque Madame is made with their freshly baked sourdough, topped with locally-bought ham, and Swiss cheese; and finished with a housemade creamy béchamel sauce. Then, they’re baked in the oven to perfection before being topped with an egg. Ma Chérie!
Where: 9/13 Garnet Street, Cooroy
Contact: 07 5472 0077
LE BON DELICE
Le Bon Delice is not just a French Patisserie—it’s a place where our bread and pastry dreams come true. Along with an assortment of tasty pastries and good coffee, they also serve up some beautiful simple brekkies and lunches—with a Croque Monsieur thrown in for perfect measure. This Mister is made up of sourdough bread with lean ham, Swiss gruyere cheese and béchamel sauce. Just add an egg and voila, Croque Madame on the way. Not feeling it? They’re croissants are also worth the drive alone.
Where: Shop 8, Heron Street, Peregian Beach
Contact: 07 5471 2200
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