Batter is ladled out onto the surface of a steaming hot plate, and as the Chez Elle chef spreads it out into a circle with a wooden spatula, it slowly transforms into a light, crispy-edged crepe. Each tender wrap is filled with sweet and savory ingredients, from spinach, artichokes, and crème fraîche, to raspberry sauce and chocolate mousse. Vegan and gluten-free batters cater to diners of all dietary persuasions. Freshly prepared plates, sided with wine, coffee, and beer, are carried to the leather couches and sleek chairs of the dining room, or to an airy outside patio. This parisian atmosphere is cultivated by owner Ellen Trakas, who first became enamored of crepes when she lived in France. She pours that passion not only into the food, but also the eco-conscious business practices at Chez Elle. Paper goods are made with biodegradable corn rather than traditional coal dust, and the café's used coffee grounds find second homes as compost for local farms.
Step through the French doors into Westport Cafe and Bar — this brasserie is home to classic regional fare. The menu at Westport Cafe and Bar does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. With Westport Cafe and Bar's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening. Just around the workday bend are Westport Cafe and Bar's happy hour food and drink bargains. For those big group gatherings, Westport Cafe and Bar provides plenty of space to have a good time.
If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Westport Cafe and Bar patrons come in casual attire. If time is of the essence, Westport Cafe and Bar's take-out option may be a better fit.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Westport Cafe and Bar offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person. Westport Cafe and Bar dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
Authentic techniques are the key to French recipes. Understanding this, Chef Emmanuel Langlade honed his cooking skills in Marseille, France, before opening Aixois Bistro with his wife more than a decade ago.
Amid suspended orb lights and rustic, wrought-iron chandeliers, French flavors prepared by chef Miguel Sanchez delight palates at all hours. As morning light spills through enormous windows, the staff brews fresh coffee to pair with piping-hot croissants for early-bird visitors. Lunchtime guests sample favorite French sandwiches, from the classic croque-monsieurs to the egg-crowned croque madames. For dinner diners, the kitchen dishes up an elegant menu that includes two varieties of moules frites (mussels with pommes frites), as well as seafood, steak, and oven-roasted chicken. Afterward, traditional desserts such as cr?me br?l?e topped with fresh berries cap off meals and keep sweet teeth from rebelliously biting tongues.
French Bistro Cuisine | Seasonal Ingredients | Exotic Meats
Inside Tip: Check the restaurant's Facebook page to learn about special events. These include nights when local DJs spin as well as an annual Bastille Day celebration, which complements dinners with a variety show that incorporates everything from Les Misérables parodies to silent periods for existential contemplation.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Explore musical history at the American Jazz Museum (1616 E. 18th Street), where exhibits blend commissioned art and sculpture with listening stations and custom mixing boards.
After: Sip one of 80 draft beers while taking in an independent or classic flick at the Screenland Armour (408 Armour Road).
Swing by Bistro 303 in Kansas City for your next meal. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Bistro 303, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Bistro 303 has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Bistro 303's beautiful outdoor seating area. Speakers are blaring and crowds roaring at the restaurant, so prepare for a noisy night out.
People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time. Keep it casual at Bistro 303 — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Bistro 303 as well. You can also grab your grub to go.
A mid-priced establishment, Bistro 303 offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
Find gourmet French food and regional specialties at Oak63. Put the diet on pause when you visit Oak63 — there are no low-fat menu items. Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at Oak63 won't disappoint. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi. Find ample room to enjoy yourself at Oak63 — this spot caters to large groups.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Oak63. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted. The menu at Oak63 includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.