In a small area nestled between Briar Forest and Memorial Drive is a row of three “dining” destinations. A wine bar sits to the left, a fine dining restaurant to the right, and a French bakery is sandwiched between the two. This is the French corridor, where I have been enjoying great food for over 10 years (and for others maybe even longer).
Rouge Wine Bar is the newest of three – coming onto the scene just a few years ago. Holding down the fort is Wine Director, Sylvain Denis. Also a sommelier, Syvain knows a thing or two about wine. Although this cozy hangout is ideal for any wine lover, Rouge is so much more. You can order by the glass, by the bottle, or by the flight. And while you enjoy a glass of your favorite, indulge in decadent French desserts, cheese boards, charcuterie, and pizzas from their wood burning oven. The beautiful, rustic, and inviting decor will be the reason you stay just a tad bit longer.
I became a frequent visitor of Le Mistral when I worked in the area many years ago. Their business and express lunch are a steal of a deal. Opt for the three-course option for $20 or the two-course option for $10. And if you go for dinner, be prepared to be wowed! Executive and Master Chef David Denis is the glue that brings the French Corridor to life and his French restaurant is the star of the show. Whether you sit in the dining room or the 10-seat Chef’s Table (this is such a wonderful experience), your meal, your service, and your experience will be second to none.
When I’m not sipping on a glass of wine at Rouge Wine Bar or enjoying Lobster Bisque (made with four ounces of Maine lobster tail) at Le Mistral, I’m making a pit stop in Foody’s Gourmet to grab a quiche to enjoy as I work through lunch or for a lovely dinner that evening. In addition to quiche, you’ll find a plethora of desserts and other dishes made fresh daily – pastries, opera cakes, freshly baked breads, French macarons, French onion soup, and Burgundy beef, just to name a few.
Whether you’re in the mood for a glass of wine, a meal, or a dessert to go, here are three great reasons to make your way to The French Corridor!