Creating great cuisine from scratch using Traditional Techniques and fresh ingredients is the goal of many Chefs.
Achieving it though takes more than dedication, it takes skill, knowledge, and an unwavering commitment to the philosophy of “the right way, every time”. Throw in the fact that you then want to apply it to producing both savory cuisine as well as baked goods and pastry and things get a whole lot harder. Very few can pull that off, Chef Christine Loyola is a Chef who can.
Christine is Chef Owner of Petite Madeline in downtown Oceanside. The Bakery & Bistro sits on the corner of N. Coast HWY and Pier View Way. It’s a inviting space with large windows, a high ceiling and an open kitchen.
Note ~ Christine’s first position out of culinary school was at Alice Water’s famous Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkley CA.
The baked goods and pastries are made from scratch daily. We are talking everything from the cookies and macaroons to the rustic bread.
The rustic bread is delicious. They don’t have the capacity to make enough for the restaurant and sell loafs unfortunately. (I have tried bribery and it doesn’t work.)
The menu features breakfast and lunch specials daily. These are always great and show off Chef’s creativity. Dishes like Summer Mango Benedict ~ English muffin, pineapple, Canadian Bacon, aged cheddar, egg, and mango hollandaise served with a watermelon mint salad for example.
From top right clockwise ~ Specials board, Italian sausage and pepper breakfast sandwich, Poached eggs over fresh tomato crostini, assorted Pastries.
You can always go old school like with a spinach and feta croissant breakfast sandwich.
Note ~ Which brings me to croissants. A perfect croissant takes time (days from start to finish), butter, layers, and love to do right. I would put Petite Madeline’s against anyone’s. Thing is you will not find many making them by hand the traditional way.
Cooks Lalo Hernandez and Pedro Hernandez on the savory side of the kitchen.
Petite Madeline Bakery & Bistro
223 N. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054