There's an elegant, independently-owned breakfast and brunch restaurant newly opened in Arlington with some fresh and creative takes on the same old morning fare. Called Lac Bleu Brunch Cafe, it's a French-inspired brunch restaurant that just opened at 3990 N. Collins St. #116, in a small center across from Lake Viridian — "Lac Bleu" is French for "blue lake."
They're serving brekky basics such as omelets, pancakes, and French toast, but often with a fun little twist. For example, with your classic breakfast of eggs, sausage, and bacon, you can get a choice of toast or one of a quartet of little "sweets" that include mini-waffles and mini-pancakes.
And here's another twist: There are three neat breakfast bowls all using hashbrowns as a base. Hashbrowns!
- Meaty, hashbrowns topped with bacon, sausage, ham, & eggs - kind of like a standard breakfast plate, but all rolled into a bowl.
- Veggie, hashbrowns with spinach, mushroom, onion, tomato, pepper, eggs, and optional plant-based sausage, which is cool.
- Farmers, hashbrowns topped with sausage, bacon, or ham, plus eggs, sauteed onions, & peppers.
Benedicts come in three varieties: with Canadian bacon & Hollandaise, with cream cheese & lox, or a California benedict with avocado and tomato.
Breakfast sandwiches include the buzzy Croque Monsier, which they describe as ham and Swiss on sourdough and "an outer layer of cheese"; and croque Madame, like a Monsier, but with the addition of a sunny-side egg.
Lunch options include a cheeseburger, a Beyond burger, and a quartet of panini: chicken pesto, Caprese with spinach-tomato-mozzarella cheese, a French dip with roast beef, caramelized onions, & provolone, and a turkey-cranberry with Swiss cheese.
A healthy section features toasts: avocado toast, peanut-butter, and a delicate cream cheese with sliced cucumber. There's also oatmeal with fruit, granola-yogurt bowl, and two chia puddings, also healthy, with choice of almond milk or coconut milk.
There are hot and cold coffee and espresso drinks and a selection of cocktails that include mimosas, bellinis, a St. Germain margarita, a screwdriver, and a tequila sunrise, how cool is that.
Lac Bleu is actually a spinoff of Egg Bar Brunch, its sister restaurant in South Arlington which opened at 457 E. Interstate 20, #121 in early 2021. Egg Bar has a significantly larger menu that extends into categories like pizza, not to mention a machine on-site that squeezes fresh orange juice for the mimosas. Lac Bleu is smaller, more refined, and healthier.
Either way, both locations serve breakfast all day. (Well, "all day" in this case is "until 3 pm" since that is when they close.)
"We take pride in our passion for fresh ingredients, honest cooking, and an enjoyable atmosphere," says spokesperson Junghwan Sung.