France is the world capital of butter consumption. Here are local opportunities to enjoy the specialty.
Butter Tasting ($9)
Any meal at Florent and Amelia Marneau’s French bastion should begin with this selection of butters—fleur de sel, yuzu, buckwheat, smoked sea salt, and espelette—with a top-tier baguette. NEWPORT BEACH, 714-434-7900
To approximate the texture and richness of French croissants, use beurre française! Paris-born Laurent Vrignaud’s bakery-cafes also sell two Beurres de Baratte churned in France for home use. LAGUNA BEACH, 949-715-6990; NEWPORT BEACH, 949-474-0920
Champagne-Poached Oysters ($15)
For his oyster trio on leek fondue, chef-owner Pascal Olhats switched to a French-style butter made in the U.S. “The way it melts in your mouth, it’s like white chocolate,” Olhats says. SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, 949-488-0031