Aptos restaurant Au Midi started two summer promotions last month, one for Wednesday and one for Thursday, and it just added a third which will occur every Tuesday. Each one is a special dish for $19.50.
- Tuesday they serve “Viva le Midi” with bouillabaisse
- Wednesday it’s “Viva Espana” with paella
- Thursday it’s “Vive Paris” with canard a l’orange (duck a l’orange)
The dishes are served the entire evening, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. These promotions will last all summer.
I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Au Midi in April, and I hope to go back soon for one of these specials -- hard to decide which one. During my dinner, the service was gracious, the atmosphere comfortable and the food delicious. One standout was a beet and goat cheese mousse salad, and I notice it’s still on the current menu (I know some dishes rotate with the seasons). Also highly recommended: the French apple pie served with gingerbread ice cream.
Husband and wife Michel and Muriel Loubiere are a great team. He is fabulous with customers, and she is a talented chef.
Au Midi is also a participant in the “Date Night Santa Cruz” program. If you’re unfamiliar with this offer, it works like this: customers buy a $50 package that includes dinner and a movie for two. The tickets can be redeemed any Monday through Thursday evening, except holidays and special events. When you purchase the Date Night product, you select which restaurant you are buying a ticket for (they are mostly in Santa Cruz, plus a couple in Aptos including Au Midi). You can decide later which movie theater you’re going to of the three in the “Nick Family.” Each restaurant gives customers a certain value to spend on dinner. For more information, see the Nick’s Date Night web site http://www.thenick.com/Date-Night-Santa-Cruz.html.
Au Midi is at 7960 Soquel Drive. Call 831-685-2600 or visit http://www.aumidi.com for reservations or details.
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