A New Made-for-Instagram French Bistro

Carlsbad’s Jeune et Jolie takes Millenial pink to the next level




Restaurateur John Resnick and chef Andrew Bachelier pulled inspiration from around the world to plan their second Carlsbad project after their resounding success with wood-fired restaurant Campfire. Enter Jeune et Jolie, a modern French bistro that opened late last year. Diners can hit the waves and then enjoy the bright patio and art-peppered interior by Los Angeles-based design firm Bells + Whistles, who utilized plush banquettes, natural oak and pink marble. “Chefs in Paris are starting to embrace a lot of global flavors, and we wanted to do that,” says Resnick of Bachelier’s seafood- and produce-intensive menu featuring classic French dishes with a contemporary twist, such as Vietnamese-influenced frog legs. Leigh Lacap’s beverage program incorporates ingredients from France (the extensive absinthe list is served either drip or frappe) while cocktails such as the Algérie with Calvados, absinthe, lemon and ras el hanout look to former French colonies for inspiration. 2659 State St., Carlsbad, 760-637-5266.


This story originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of C magazine.


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