Le French Quarter Cafe, downtown Atlanta
I had a great lunch at this new restaurant today, located at the bottom of the Healey Building where I live. The croissants are excellent, as they should be since the owner/baker is French (to the point of having a really thick accent, which just sweetens the whole deal).
They don’t seem to have a website or Facebook page yet, but here’s their Access Atlanta entry.
There’s a small menu of French breakfast and lunch sandwiches along with soups and salads. Some tempting (but too decadent for lunch) desserts are in a display case. The bread is baked in house.
Hours for now are 7am-4pm Monday-Friday, but they plan to be open for dinner some nights (including Saturday) throughout the month and will have the dates posted in the store.
That a good French restaurant is in this space is a significant thing for me. My introduction to the Healey Building was through visiting a French place in this spot several years ago called Les Fleur De Lis. My wife and I loved that restaurant and became enchanted with the architecture and streets of Fairlie-Poplar while dining there.
With this, my little downtown neighborhood is becoming more complete. I’m still waiting on the imminent playscape and streetcar. Can a place to buy produce at nights and throughout the weekend be far behind? I better not press my luck.

Le French Quarter Cafe, downtown Atlanta

I had a great lunch at this new restaurant today, located at the bottom of the Healey Building where I live. The croissants are excellent, as they should be since the owner/baker is French (to the point of having a really thick accent, which just sweetens the whole deal).

They don’t seem to have a website or Facebook page yet, but here’s their Access Atlanta entry.

There’s a small menu of French breakfast and lunch sandwiches along with soups and salads. Some tempting (but too decadent for lunch) desserts are in a display case. The bread is baked in house.

Hours for now are 7am-4pm Monday-Friday, but they plan to be open for dinner some nights (including Saturday) throughout the month and will have the dates posted in the store.

That a good French restaurant is in this space is a significant thing for me. My introduction to the Healey Building was through visiting a French place in this spot several years ago called Les Fleur De Lis. My wife and I loved that restaurant and became enchanted with the architecture and streets of Fairlie-Poplar while dining there.

With this, my little downtown neighborhood is becoming more complete. I’m still waiting on the imminent playscape and streetcar. Can a place to buy produce at nights and throughout the weekend be far behind? I better not press my luck.

The little joys of living in a mixed-use building downtown
When you live in a building or neighborhood that has a mix of residential, retail and office space, you find yourself getting excited about developments far and beyond those that happen in a purely residential place like a subdivision.
For example: I was walking around the Healey Building (where I live) at lunch today and spotted a new cafe moving into a ground-floor space. It’s interesting how thrilling it can be to see things like this happening on the street where I live. Ahhh, city life!
The new place is called Le French Quarter Cafe. A Google search turned up a press release with this description:

"The new concept is named Le French Quarter Cafe and will focus on fresh breads and a legacy of baking. The new owner is Eric Dauce. Eric previously served as the Head Baker and Pastry Chef at Highland Bakery, He was also the Head Baker and Pastry Chef at Alon’s Market and Bakery."

So a former pastry chef at Highland Bakery and Alon’s is going to be making french breads at a cafe that will be, for me, a simple elevator ride away. Kinda damn cool. I promise not to gloat about it too much.

The little joys of living in a mixed-use building downtown

When you live in a building or neighborhood that has a mix of residential, retail and office space, you find yourself getting excited about developments far and beyond those that happen in a purely residential place like a subdivision.

For example: I was walking around the Healey Building (where I live) at lunch today and spotted a new cafe moving into a ground-floor space. It’s interesting how thrilling it can be to see things like this happening on the street where I live. Ahhh, city life!

The new place is called Le French Quarter Cafe. A Google search turned up a press release with this description:

"The new concept is named Le French Quarter Cafe and will focus on fresh breads and a legacy of baking. The new owner is Eric Dauce. Eric previously served as the Head Baker and Pastry Chef at Highland Bakery, He was also the Head Baker and Pastry Chef at Alon’s Market and Bakery."

So a former pastry chef at Highland Bakery and Alon’s is going to be making french breads at a cafe that will be, for me, a simple elevator ride away. Kinda damn cool. I promise not to gloat about it too much.