I’ve been a big fan of restaurateur Yavonne Sarber’s downtown restaurant concepts for some time now – in fact, deNOVO was the very first Drunk Brunch article. And Manifesto is a scotch lovers mecca, and the perfect opening act to a show at the next door Ohio Theatre.
So when Columbus King of Breakfast Nick Dekker mentioned that Sarber had opened a new restaurant, a fancy French bakery with brunch, I was pretty much out the door and on my way before I finished reading his sentence.
Chez du Bon is located halfway between Manifesto and deNovo, with an unassuming entrance leading into a charmingly modern purple, silver and green space. The new restaurant was empty except for a group of women celebrating a birthday and having the time of their lives.
Our server offered the choice of brunch beverages: bloody mary with candied bacon, or mimosa with a hint of elderflower liqueur. The fresh squeezed, St. Germain kissed mimosa was a delight. I also enjoyed a classic French 75 from their regular cocktail menu, which contains several brunch-worthy beverages like the Ultra Violette (gin, orange syrup, orgeat, egg white).
I can’t remember the last time I looked at a food menu with so much genuine regret that I wasn’t a cow with four stomachs so I could eat everything offered. Double smoked bacon and gouda quiche. Duck confit with garlic sausage and sweet potato hash. Chocolate ganache coated profiteroles.
I managed to settle on chicken and – no waffles here – crepes, with a mound of fried chicken atop crepes coated in a siracha maple glaze, topped with sautéed spinach and sprinkled with thick chunks of heavenly ham. I also sampled their Croque Madame, a personal favorite brunch sandwich, which was as tasty as any I’ve ever had.
As one of the pricier drunk brunch spots I’ve visited ($10-$22 for an entree), the atmosphere and food warrant this a drunk brunch destination for a special occasion.
Brunch at Chez du Bon is served Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm. Chez du Bon is located at 122 S High Street.
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