Restaurant Reviews

The French Hen

The French Hen
Photo by Katherine Harris

The trend of everyday brunch is happily alive at 518 Selby. The spot that was once Bon Vie is now under new ownership as The French Hen, owned and operated by the Rivard family, who also own the adjacent flower shop. It’s a warm, friendly neighborhood café with a casual, laid-back ethos, perfect for the brunch set. Eggs are your best bet, and the poached set that came with the Creole Market Hash ran perfectly into the spicy root vegetables and smoked ham, making a delicious mess. The egg crowning the Croque Suzette wasn’t as perfectly cooked, but the sandwich is a rich monster of airy bread, Gruyère, and bright mustard, making it a substantial meal. On a croissant, the French Quarter breakfast sandwich is an eye-opener with andouille sausage, onions, Cajun spice, and cheese. Omelets, as well, ring tried and true, as this is a place for an honest morning of hearty food. 518 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-6201, frenchhencafe.com

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