French Restaurants in Columbus

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Bread Oven French Bakery's bakers strive to bring the flavors of France to Dundee, and they succeed in both sweet and savory ways. Authentically French flavors grace the cold prosciutto sandwich with French butter and the baguette smeared with Nutella and sliced strawberries. Freshly baked baguettes hold together hot, pressed sandwiches filled with ingredients such as crimini mushrooms and gruyere cheese. The eatery's kitchen also concocts house-made soups in flavors such as mushroom brie or butternut squash with herb crème fraîche. The Bread Oven's flavor ambassadors bake breads from scratch while whistling Jacques Brel tunes, adding to the classic French cool of never using preservatives or additives.

1314 S 119th St
Omaha,
NE
US

Founded by twin sisters Denise and Kim, TwoTwins Café satisfies both of the body's stomachs with a menu of fresh, homemade recipes cooked from scratch and a tasty selection of European-style bakery goods. Break fasts with a three-egg omelet with Swiss cheese and smoked ham ($7.95), sidekicked by your choice of breakfast potatoes or signature breakfast rice and a biscuit or toast. Or traverse the towering heights of three fluffy buttermilk pancakes ($5.95), served with TwoTwins' tasty maple syrup. Exhausted existentialists can stir awake soul-searching with a mocha ($4.25) made from fresh-ground coffee beans while also pondering the absurdity that is the universe over a four-inch pecan roll ($2.99). TwoTwins Café also satisfies midday cravings with a lunch menu featuring items such as a Caesar salad ($5.95), moistened by drops of homemade Caesar dressing dew. Or try the Big Red Reuben ($8.25), a marble-rye-sandwiched collection of homemade corned beef, grilled sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, classic Russian dressing, and Husker pride. Beverages anxiously awaiting deglutition include Lipton iced tea ($2), specialty beers ($3.95), and various red and white house wines ($4.50–$5 per glass).

333 N Cotner Blvd
Lincoln,
NE
US

Bruegger's bagels are created using fresh, wholesome ingredients and then kettle-boiled in the New York tradition, resulting in chewy centers with crisp outer crusts. Awaken your taste buds with a savory combination such as the rosemary olive oil bagel smothered with onion and chive cream cheese ($2.39). Or, prove yourself to be a sweetie by adopting a family of 13 bagels and washing them up and behind the ears in the two tubs of garden-veggie cream cheese in the Big Bagel Bundle ($13.99). Bruegger's deli menu is flanked by an array of breakfast sandwiches and lunch fare. Bury thoughts of the snarky snooze button with the breakfast bagel bearing an egg, melted cheese, and a choice of bacon, sausage, or ham ($3.99), or wrap your mitts around the Leonardo da Veggie lunchtime sandwich and bite into tomatoes, roasted red peppers, red onions, and muenster cheese on an asiago Softwich ($5.49).

1205 Q St
Lincoln,
NE
US

Specializing in edible emporiums of excess, Sips & Subs assembles its gravity-defying bread skyscrapers with support structures of flavorful meats, ambrosial cheeses, and an abundance of tongue-tantalizing condiments. The party-worthy platter is piled high with sliced bread, hoagie buns, and tomato-basil wraps filled with your choice of savory combinations. Considered by some as the supreme Super Bowl snack, the tray feeds 20 to 30 people—or one offensive lineman's backup stomach.

1326 S 33rd St
Lincoln,
NE
US

Housed in a fire station dating back to 1900, and bedecked in fireperson memorabilia, Engine House Cafe lets patrons dive into a bevy of breakfast, lunch, and dinner hunger extinguishers with its expansive menu. Start your day with a hot helping of French toast with a side of ham, bacon, or sausage ($4.99 for two pieces) or another Engine House specialty, eggs Benedict with house Hollandaise ($7.59). Customers can customize their early-morning bites by hand-selecting goodies for an omelet, while pre-designed egg folds such as the garden veggie ($7.59) and fajita chicken ($7.79) give sleepy patrons time to clear the cobwebs from their creativity. Midday mouthfuls include an assortment of juicy burgers ($5.59–$7.39), classic cafe sandwiches ($4.19–$8.09), soups ($1.99–$3.49), salads ($2.99–$7.59), and more. Dinner fare adds heartier plates of comfort food, such as chicken-fried steak or chicken ($7.99 each), the smoked pork chop ($8.79), and a heaping helping of fresh-baked pie ($2.19 per slice, $2.99 à la mode)

6028 Havelock Ave
Lincoln,
NE
US

Food has always been important to the Knudson family. Kal Knudson built a career as a leader in the restaurant industry and, with the rest of the family, established a holiday tradition of serving meals to the homeless. When his son, Kevin Knudson, decided to open a restaurant of his own, he named it Greenfield’s both for the rolling pasture beyond the building’s big, covered patio and as a nod to a piece of scripture that reminded him of his dad. The menu and the ambiance also carry on the family tradition in their way, designed to appeal to families of all kinds and give even large groups enough options for everyone to go home full. Homestyle staples include roast beef, meatloaf, and pasta, but the chefs aren’t afraid to put their own twists on the classics: the grill turns out a euro burger topped with basil pesto and feta cheese along with a peanut-butter burger, voted 1 of the top 10 burgers in the state by the Nebraska Beef Council and the Nebraska Peanut Gallery.

Nature photographs by John Coffey line the dining-room walls, creating a rustic atmosphere with help from decorative grasses and wrought-iron pendant lamps. But Knudson and his team don’t confine their food to the handsome dining room—all these years later, they still follow in Kal’s footsteps by occasionally warming the bellies of the community with random doses of hot chocolate and chicken soup.

7900 South 87th Street
Lincoln,
NE
US