Maison Giraud 1032 Swarthmore Ave., (310) 459-7561. Diners here are sheltered in a refined setting of cloth-covered tables. Seating is available both indoors and out fronton a large patio. Classic French dishes comprise the menu, and lunch includes soups, sandwiches, and salads (the celebrated traditional Nicoise is especially tasty). Be sure to check the bakery counter inside for delicious items to take home.
Lavender Blue Next door, this tiny shop is operated by the wife of the restaurant’s chef. Lovely products from Provence include colorful tablecloths, lavender-filled sachet pillows, and even enticing clothing imports from India.
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