In the middle of July, alfresco diners at Le Deauville might dive headlong into a Bastille Day celebration, watching as servers light red, white, and blue cupcake towers with sparklers or mediate street-side matches of pétanque. Though they bathe their sidewalk bistro in patriotic colors on state holidays, the staffers also immerse visitors in French culture year-round. Chefs populate seasonal menus with traditional French dishes such as steamed mussels in tomato and herbs, roasted rack of lamb with bordelaise mint sauce, and sea scallops with wild-mushroom risotto. They sometimes augment these dishes with globe-hopping guests including Caribbean lobster and Spanish mackerel, introducing new flavors to French preparations without having to pass sushi off as really, really strange-looking ratatouille.
In warm weather, servers ferry these dishes to sidewalk tables draped in white tablecloths next to the restaurant's French-door-covered façade, which is illuminated each night by strings of colored light bulbs. Gray tiled floors inlaid with intricate designs spread out inside, running between dark-wood-paneled and exposed-brick walls. Here, patrons gather at café tables or sidle up to an old wooden bar, where servers pour from a full stock of beer, wine, and spirits.
The roster of calzones on Doughby's menu grows long, rattling off more than 45 varieties of the golden-brown, savory pastries. Sweet and savory crepes, available all day, come in more than 25 styles, lined with ingredients such as ham, pineapple, brown sugar, and mozzarella, or Nutella, strawberries, and bananas. Open early and late, diners can stop in for brunch and lunch, or stay as late as 4 a.m. to sate late-night cravings for hand-held grub.
Serving a range of tasty food and drink, National Boulangerie in Lexington will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds).
National Boulangerie is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
For quick and easy parking near National Boulangerie, park on the street.
Justin and Kristin Gilbert spent three years in Italy, visiting gelaterie in more than 20 cities to mine artisanal secrets before opening their own shop. In choreographed musical numbers, the duo handcraft dense, flavor-packed gelato in small batches using local milk and fresh fruit. From a repertoire of more than 100 recipes, Justin and Kristin curate 20 flavors at a time. Past and present flavors include poached-pear zinfandel, orange-ginger dairy-free sorbetto, and chocolate orange—one of Justin's favorites, according to a feature in Louisville Magazine. Delicate crêpes conceal Nutella or lemon and sugar. The cozy shop also sends forth its mobile cart to cater office snack breaks, weddings with as many as 2000 guests, and Roman legions on the march.
Wine and dine at Bour-Bon in Paris.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Bour-Bon is a great summer destination.
Your pet pup can accompany you to Bour-Bon, which has a dog-friendly policy.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Bour-Bon, where dress code calls for business casual.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Drivers will be giddy once they hear about the easy street parking near Bour-Bon.
At Bour-Bon, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Bour-Bon — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Bour-Bon, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Cuisine Type: Southern French and Brasserie cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Pork chop, mussels, sea bass, and rib eye steak
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Take-out Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Great value on French wine; keep room for dessert, as they are all delicious.
Q&A with Guy, Owner
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
The lavender-honey-glazed pork chop with gratin dauphinois and ratatouille.
Has your business won any awards?
We received a four-star rating from food critic Marty Rosen from the Courier Journal, as well as a 2014 Diners' Choice award from Open Table
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer a large selection of European and Kentucky beer, bourbon, and not to forget our extensive list of French—mostly Rhone and Languedoc—and Northwest American wine.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We offer a traditional brasserie menu with a very large selection of dishes that allow everyone to find something to their liking. The diversity of menu items offer patrons the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful meal at an affordable price with great value. The menu is based on French comfort food with mostly Provencal specialties.