Sometimes a special occasion requires a special dinner and that’s what Joe and I needed to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Just this past month we have had several guests report to us that they enjoyed a very special meal at one of the area’s best known restaurants. We had been to this restaurant many, many years ago so we decided it was time to make a return visit.
The restaurant of which I speak is Chez Francois located at 555 Main Street in Vermilion, Ohio. The indoor restaurant is very formal and does have a dress code that requires business type attire and jackets and ties for the men. No flip flops here! But because the evening was warm and the sky beautiful, we opted to sit outside where the dining experience is casual but sophisticated and I felt comfortable in my white shorts! We had a corner table over looking the canal opposite some beautiful homes and many, many boat docks. It actually felt a little like sitting on a dock at Key West! Even though we were outside casual, we were treated as if we were inside formal. The wine list was so extensive that it was in book form with many pages listing and describing wines from all regions of the world. The ingredients are locally grown, extremely fresh, and provided by various vendors.
Our meal consisted of our wine selection, an appetizer, salad, soda bread, Joe had Filet de Boeuf Wellington à la Périgourdine while I dined on Suprême de Volaille aux Noisettes et aux Crustacés. Both selections were absolutely delicious! We mentioned when we arrived that it was our anniversary so we were surprised with a luscious dessert that we both shared.
Throughout the year, Chez Francois presents many specialty dinners such as The Australian Wine Dinner, the Gourmet Clam Bake, Piedmont & Truffles Wine Dinner, the Spanish Wine Dinner, the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Dinner, A Truffle Dinner, and a New Year’s Eve Party. For complete information on the restaurant and all of their specials visit their website and subscribe to the Chez Newsletter. Their hours are:
Tuesday, Wed., and Thurs. 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Friday, Sat., and Sunday – 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
They are closed on Mondays
Their phone number is 440.967.0630.
And once again we show you that many fine things can be found in Northeast Ohio. Come and explore. Come and dine. Come and stay! You know you want to!