Home to fresh breads and rich stews, French cuisine is served at Brasserie Restaurant, a delightful restaurant tucked away in the Des Plaines pocket of Des Plaines.
Serving the opposite of low-fat fare, Brasserie Restaurant is perfect for people who want to indulge.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, the location was cozy and quaint, but diners had only three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. However, as the restaurant grew in popularity, so did its menu selection and atmosphere. The restaurant first expanded four years later under the leadership of a Melting Pot waiter and enterprising college student named Mark Johnston, who teamed up with his brothers Mike and Bob to open a new outpost in Tallahassee. This location grew in reputation to pave the way for future franchise expansion. Today, the company—now owned by the trio of siblings—reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also ballooned, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.
On a given night, groups of foodies gather around tables to nosh on signature four-course meals, from cheese-fondue appetizers and various salads to steaks and seafood cooked in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and couples can share decadent evenings at private tables, capping off meals with chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.
Inside a cheerful café marked with a striped awning, chefs dote on hot pans that cradle delicate French crepes destined to encapsulate sweet or savory fillings. Cream of the Crêpe's batter whisperers take pride in the smallest details of their crepes, demanding that each flaunts a flaky texture, toothsome filling, and crisply ironed handkerchief. Crepe masters fill the edible envelopes with eggs and cheese during breakfast, grilled meat and crisp vegetables during lunch, and fresh fruits or decadent spreads during sweet-tooth attacks. Artful baristas grind Lavazza coffee beans to brew into drip coffees or strong espressos topped with scoops of frothy milk. Between customers, servers wipe the granite counter and set vases bursting with flowers on every table, where the blooms soak up light reflecting off the café's sunny yellow walls.
Don't be worried if you order a crepe at Nu Crepes and the food arrives looking like a calzone. These are not the delicate crepes made in French-style creperies. They're hearty and stuffed so full that sometimes they land on tables in a circular tin pan. Those crepes might come stuffed with chicken doused in buffalo or barbecue sauce—or italian sausage mixed with green peppers and mushrooms. Sweeter palates, however, can keep it classic with cinnamon and sugar, or relish a campfire blend of marshmallows, biscoff, graham cracker, and chocolate. At breakfast, the egg-and-sausage crepes provide tastier morning fuel than a gasoline smoothie.
Owner Niall Martin never stops experimenting with new combos, either. Such wild creations as peppermint crunch, sloppy joe, and Greek breakfast have all starred as crepe of the month at some point. The kitchen sources everything it can from local vendors. In fact, Chicago's Dark Matter Coffee created an exclusive house blend just for the creperie.
Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Amano Cafe in Elmhurst will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds).
Head to Amano Cafe in comfort, where attire is business casual.
Drivers will be surprised by the number of street parking spots available near Amano Cafe.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Amano Cafe will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
La France Cafe & Crepes: A User’s Guide
Charming French Cafe | Sweet and Savory Crepes | Gluten- and Egg-Free Options
Savory crepe: chicken breast with red onions, capers, tomatoes, and crème fraîche
Sweet crepe: Nutella with strawberry or banana
Appetizer: small salad with vinaigrette
Drink: salted-caramel latte
Don’t let the location fool you. The unassuming storefront in a suburban strip mall actually houses a charming French cafe that earned a favorable nod from WBEZ's Steve Dolinsky.
There are gluten- and egg-free options available on request.
Croque-monsieur: originated in French cafes, this pressed sandwich is filled with ham, gruyère, and béchamel. (A fried egg turns it into a croque-madame.)
Ratatouille: a vegetable stew from Provence that’s typically made of eggplant, zucchini, onion, tomato, garlic, and seasonings.