When we heard that French Crust had finally taken residence at its new Findlay Market home, we promptly picked up our purses and jumped on the streetcar. Not that the Vine Street location wasn’t close to our office here at Cincinnati Magazine, but we were eager to see the transformation of the old Globe Furniture building at the corner of Elm and Elder Streets.
Frenchmen Jean-Robert de Cavel and Jean-Philippe Solnom have essentially created two little restaurants in one. The larger, Elm-facing dining room (it’s red) will open on Saturday with a full bar, serving lunch and dinner while breakfast (and currently lunch) is available from a sunny, little yellow-hued café around the backside of the building.
We tucked into two enormous slices of quiche Lorraine (French Crust’s quiches are unrivaled in our humble opinion) and a light shrimp salad yesterday, careful to save room for one of Jean-Philippe’s gorgeous pastries—an oversized raspberry macaron that put every other almond and egg white confection in the 513 easily to shame.
Regulars of the Vine Street location can rest easy in the fact that their favorite items (the creamy wild rice soup, the aforementioned quiches, and the decadent charcuterie club sandwich) are all still available at this Gallic gem’s bigger and bolder new digs. Until Saturday…
1801 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 621-2013,, JRcincy.com