I will never say no to brunch. There’s just something sophisticated about brunch. I actually looked up the definition because I wasn’t sure what it technically meant. Brunch is actually a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch (maybe the instead part is optional). To me, this means restaurants who boast brunch are pretty much required to offer strong breakfast and lunch options. And, if you’re feeling wild and crazy, you can order something from each! Brunch can be sweet and savory, comfortable and classy; either way, I’m always up for trying a new brunch place. My recent brunch outing, thanks to my friend Melanie, was to French Crust Bistro in OTR. This is a great location because it’s right across the street from Findlay Market. Have brunch. Go shopping. Repeat.
French Crust Bistro, a restaurant by Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, is an inviting cafe with a bright and clean aesthetic. We chose to order breakfast dishes and pastries, which we thoroughly enjoyed, but I’ve also heard (from trusted sources) that French Crust Bistro serves some stellar lunch options, particularly their quiches and croissant sandwiches.
Check out French Crust Bistro for a taste of France in Over the Rhine. If you like wine and cocktails, my friends were quite impressed with their offerings. The danger zone for me? The pastry display. French-style chocolates and pastries are made in-house daily by Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Jean Philippe Solnom! So many sweets I wanted to sink my teeth into; in the end, I settled on a chocolate eclair and it was divine.
GO THERE (French Crust)! TRY THAT (Eggs Benedict, Eclair, Almond Croissant)!