Cafe 821 emerges as a promising addition to the CBD's French dining scene_lowres

 

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The Central Business District has become an unexpected hub for classical French cooking as of late, with a number of new restaurants bringing Parisian flair to the area. This September, Chateau du Lac's expansion site set up shop on Fulton Alley, joining neighborhood Francophone stalwart Le Foret as a date night spot for foie gras and escargot.

If you're looking for something a little lighter in the area (but every bit as French), Cafe 821 might just be your place.

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Cafe 821, which opened quietlyearlier this summer, has been keeping a low profile and attracting a number of loyal followers, wooed by artful cafe au laits and delicate croissants. The weekday lunchtime hub is a go-to restaurant for croque madames and Belgian waffles, reopening after a brief fall break last week with an expanded menu including quiches, sandwiches and "Frenchy" mac and cheese.

For now, the cafe is only open on weekdays, catering to a downtown breakfast and lunch crowd. One can hope that weekend hours are arriving in the near future, so that a daylong French dining adventure could commence in just a few city blocks.

WHAT: Cafe 821

WHERE: 821 Baronne St.

HOURS: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.