Francophiles will find plenty to enjoy in Portland with the following restaurants, bakeries and schools.
Portland French Bakery's baguettes, baked in Portland and delivered to small supermarkets all over town, epitomize quality with a crunchy exterior and soft and chewy interior.
At the Brasserie Montmartre happy hour, start traditional with the fresh bread and butter, gradually getting more exotic and French, moving on to foie gras and croque madame.
Paley's Place, the oldest of Iron Chef Vitaly Paley's ventures (see also Imperial and Portland's Penny Diner), remains a romantic favorite for its dedication to excellence and cutting edge cuisine.
Offering French classes for all levels and ages, Alliance Française de Portland has a century-long tradition of promoting French language and culture. Both private and group lessons are available.
While most folks who frequent Pix fill up on sweet tortes and macarons, I suggest sipping on a pour of (my favorite) Caol Ila 12-year. The smokey, peppery whisky in and of itself is a meal, with the taste staying with you long after.
Why stand for the short wait when you can do it up French-style? Grab some of their delicious fresh baked pain and head home with some butter & jam.
Gabriel Rucker, of Le Pigeon, has expanded his vision with Little Bird, a charming yet understated bistro in downtown Portland. For a quiet and exquisite option, go for lunch when the soft roll, fried cod, celery root sandwich is served.