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On the side: Lily and Liam Bistro

Almond cream quinoa is one of Lily and Liam Bistro’s lighter, healthier breakfast options. (Richard S. Dargan/For The Journal)

Lily and Liam Bistro in Rio Rancho is bright and clean, the menu creative. Settling in, you begin to understand why the place has generated considerable buzz since married couple James and Megan Garrigan opened it in November.

The menu bears a French influence, with entrees such as brie in puff pastry, croque monsieur and seared tuna niçoise salad.

The breakfast menu is split into the sweet and the savory. Almond cream quinoa ($6), is one of the highlights.

The restaurant has a few variations on Dutch babies, a thick pancake that’s baked in an oven rather than fried on a griddle. At Lily and Liam’s, you can get them with fruit or as part of the Dutch eggs entrée ($8).

Other savories on the menu include cauliflower steak and eggs ($7) and a version of the Swiss peasant dish rosti ($8), with ham, egg and cheese on shredded potato cake. It looks like the word is out: Lily and Liam Bistro is a vital new addition to the Rio Rancho dining scene.

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