By JOHN T. WARD
Now, Fontaine has turned the disused former storefront pizzeria end of his Bridge Avenue restaurant into a takeout counter to supplement the linen-napkin dining room. And once again, Francophile eaters are over the moon.
“The last time I had a a croque-monsieur, it was in Lyon, and this was just as good,” lawyer Richard Bennett told redbankgreen after devouring one of the bechamel-sauce covered ham sandwiches at the window counter of what was previously Red Bank Pizza.
He and Susan Cook, regulars in the O Bistro dining room, had driven down from Matawan on the takeout area’s first day last week to immediately sample the offerings.
“There’s nothing like this within, I don’t know, an hour’s drive?” he said.
The idea may at first seem incongruous: gourmet takeout? But why not, said Fontaine, when customers can’t get enough of what you havee to offer?
Like its long-gone predecessor, O Bistro offers a variety of pizzas, though with a decidedly French twist: pizza au jambon (pizza with ham, $7.50), and pizza au saumon fumé (smoked salmon, $8.50), for example.
Also on the menu: a chicken, brie, arugula and honey mustard crepe for $7; combos of soup-and-bacon quiche, or soup-and-goat-cheese-salad ($9.50); and an array of sandwiches and salads.
O Bistro Francais, at 15 Bridge Avenue. offers a three-course prix-fixe dinner fort $37 on Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday. The restaurant is BYOW, with a nice selection of wines available across the street at Crate’s Liquors.