There are many undiscovered gems located around the Queen city, tucked away along the vast expanse of Vine Street. Located on 915 Vine is one such location: The French Crust Cafe.
Founded by Master Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, the cafe functions in partnership with de Cavel’s other restaurant, Jean-Robert’s Table. The pair reside just two blocks from each other, making an easy transition from the cafe’s morning fare to the Table’s evening dining.
Open for lunch and breakfast, the French Crust has pastries and coffee available all day alongside their delicious menu of authentic Parisian cuisine.
In the morning, the Crust offers a variety of quiches and croissant sandwiches, with specialty omelets made daily. They also offer typical breakfast staples such as pancakes and goetta.
For lunch, they sport a daily soup and multiple salads, with French specialties such as duck leg confit and charcuterie club sandwiches. They even boast a seafood crepe, which is sure to entice the adventurous.
The Crust houses a unique asset: A Master Chef chocolatier straight from France. Monsieur Jean Philippe Solnom has over 14 years of experience working with chocolate, schooling that has spanned several European countries. This culinary expert executes the creation of bonbons, macarons, and all manner of pastries with exquisite skill.
The French Crust Cafe is a useful venue for any occasion where comfort and company are in mind. Located right across from the Cincinnati Public Library, the French Crust is a perfect place to stop in after a study session. With its cozy setting, and ample desserts, it also makes an ideal date spot for couples out for an afternoon walk. And with foreign cuisine sure to impress, it’s a great place for students to take their visiting parents to lunch.
With new pastries in rotation for every season, visits to the Crust are a must for any lover of European desserts. In the summer, frozen treats abound, with delicious mousses and pot de cremes. Fresh fruit tarts also grace the menu, made with local produce from farmer Sallie Ransohoff. Speciality chocolates can be made to order, crafted by Monsieur Solnom.
The French Crust Cafe has a location secured to open a second branch in Findlay Market sometime this year. Their menu and hours can be found here.