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B est C r o i ssan d w i c h The expanded French Crust Café is the first full-service brunch and dinner bistro in Findlay Market, and its offerings are as delicious as ever. With expansive windows and golden yellow walls festooned with colorful posters and ceramics from chef Jean-Robert de Cavel’s vast personal collection of très French memorabilia, it’s a Francophile’s dream — a Parisian café in Over-the-Rhine. And its menu is just as jaunty: note-perfect versions of dishes you’d expect for breakfast, brunch or lunch — a variety of quiches, sandwiches on croissant or baguette, omelets and, of course, a croque monsieur. As the “Crust” in the name suggests, there are many pastry-based options created by in-house pastry chef Jean Philippe Solnom, who clearly knows how to handle butter and flour. The les flat croissants are simple and Provençal, with three tempting options: chicken, apple and mushroom with sheep’s milk cheese; ham, Swiss and béchamel; and the quintessentially French tomato, avocado and brie — buttery, flaky, indulgent and just the right portion with a light frisée salad or soup of the day. The bakery also offers an inthe-pastry-case but off-the-menu pistachio croissant; think a nutty croissant aux amandes, but with pistachio cream instead of almond. French Crust Café, Findlay Market, 1801 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-455-3720,

simultaneously matched by chef/owner David Falk and his team. The cadenza performances take place on the more fluid and relaxed second floor of the restaurant. With limited seating and required reservations, everything appears intimate yet inviting, encapsulating the expectation of the evening: relaxed yet indulgent. Diners can choose from a standard four-, six- or eightprix fixe menus boasting intricate and seasonal dishes designed to leave patrons in awe. Go online for more theme details. Boca, 114 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-5422022,


It didn’t take long for the sustainabilityfocused Sleepy Bee Café to become a booming breakfast nook in Oakley, where it opened its doors back in December 2013. Thankfully for ’burb-dwellers,

owners Sandy Gross and John Hutton expanded upon that success, opening a second, larger location in Blue Ash right off of Kenwood Road. At 5,000 square feet, the eatery is nearly twice the size of its counterpart, seating 180 inside and even more on their spacious outdoor patio. You’ll find many of the same menu items no matter which location you choose — omelets made with local free-range eggs; gluten-free pancakes made with almond, quinoa and buckwheat flour; a local pasture-raised beef burger and vegetarianfriendly cauliflower falafel veggie burger. But the Blue Ash Smash is an exclusive homage to the neighborhood: scrambled eggs, potatoes, candied bacon, nectar sauce, pesto and pickled onions piled high on sourdough bread. Sleepy Bee Blue Ash, 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, 513-2412339,

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2017 Best of Cincinnati