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French, European, Cafe
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed May 21, 2020

I've gone to cooking classes in Chicago where there are a few more chefs per group to teach, instruct, correct, and answer questions. After cooking, everyone sits down together and enjoy the meal. At the French Kitchen, we had one chef for about 12 of...us, and one staffer. We learned the various dishes, but not quite enough assistance when it was needed. As for eating, it was more sampling of everything and taking home some of everything. We probably won't do this one again. I'd love to stop by again and purchase items from the bakery sometime in the future.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 6, 2020

The French Kitchen is a small restaurant that also offers French cooking classes. I stopped in one afternoon to try the French Onion Soup. After a delightful conversation at the counter I ordered my soup along with a croissant and drink. The French Onion Soup...was tasty and the croissant was a great compliment. Very nice visit. Recommended.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed April 2, 2019 via mobile

Great little spot! A hidden gem! My mom and I enjoyed a delicious breakfast. We we're warmly greeted, took our time looking around, and were given great suggestions. We each ordered a warm breakfast item (green Chile quiche and a "TDF" [To Die For] croissant)....The lady who helped us quickly warmed up our breakfast, and split the quiche and croissant in half, and plated them so we could each try them. Opinion: delicious!! There is a refrigerated section with soups, ice creams and sorbets, and frozen breads, and a little "pantry boutique" with kitchen-related gadgets, ingredients, condiments, and cooking equipment available for sale. There is a large kitchen where classes are taught daily. We picked up a schedule that goes through July, and there are all kinds of classes, running from bread, sauces and pastries, cupcakes, VIP, one-on-one, Japanese, Opera Cake, Bento, to classes for kids and teens. They even have week-long classes and camps. There is a refrigerated case with grab-and-go items featuring salads, pastries, and a wonderful variety of sandwiches. I think seating is available in the cafe for about 20'ish people. It is bright and clean. All pros, no cons. 5 stars! We will be back!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed January 30, 2019

We came here for National Croissant Day. Purchased the special, which contained a plain, almond, choclatine, and pain de chocolate. They are delicious. Buttery and flaky. The almond was very good. They were all great. My husband got a TDF (to die for), a ham...and cheese croissant. He thought it was excellent. Filled him up. We will definitely be going back.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 27, 2019

We went to the French Kitchen for the first time last Friday (1/25/19) for a Sauces cooking class. We had an absolute blast and would totally recommend them. Here are a couple remarks, however: the food is delicious (we had a few pastries before class...- students get 10% off on the day of class), fresh and made with high quality ingredients. On that note, the only thing that for a split second made us think about a 4 star review instead was the interaction with the employee behind the counter; she could have been a little friendlier. As a complete opposite, Christie (one of our cooking instructors) was super welcoming and all smiles, back to 5 stars! Chef Blandine was at first a bit upset for we signed up for an advanced class without taking their recommended other 3 prior classes (we won't hold that against her. Without knowing our skills she could only imagine we would make the experience harder for everyone else). She was, however, pleasantly surprised that we could hold our ground in the kitchen and after that initial impression she was very helpful and welcoming, with a ton of knowledge to share (and here the 5 stars were reaffirmed). As far as the class, we left knowing that we would have not enjoyed a class any little bit less challenging. The Sauces class did not leave us a single minute to spare not even for a picture to take as a keepsake from the night. It is indeed challenging and we understand why they ask for previous experiences with them. We are, however, in our kitchen all the time and would rate ourselves as reasonably advanced cooks: that made for a night where we learned a lot and left with a taste for more.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

I grew up in Paris and nothing can compare to a true French Pastry shop! The texture and the butter used in the almonds croissants and chocolate croissant speaks volume about the chefs know-how! The eclairs are the real deal and the Napoleon or Mille...Feuilles is mouth watering. A bit of of drive however well worth it. C’était délicieux merciMore

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 20, 2018

I have visited once and found it very welcoming. I had coffee and an almond croissant. There are a lot of baked items to select and also savory foods. Cooking classes are held and the calendar is online. One concern was when I was served...my coffee, in a large cup. The server had both hands on the rim, from where I would drink, while placing it on a saucer, instead of using the handle.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed June 6, 2018

We went there for breakfast. The pastry was tasty. The adjacent kitchen is set up to teach French cooking. We did not have time to join a class, otherwise, we would. The place is clean, the service is good. But I would not rate them...as top notch.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed May 23, 2018

There are many good things about the French Kitchen. But number one is the bread. I spent 7 years in France and married a French woman (except don't call her that--she's American now!). So I know about French bread. There are many shops in the...U.S. and, indeed, in Colorado Springs, that sell French bread that looks as good as anything you could find in France. But ONLY the French Kitchen makes baguettes that actually taste EXACTLY like they do in France. Many of the others have good bread. But none match the French Kitchen. I especially recommend the ham and brie baguette--pure heaven.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed April 18, 2018

Fresh baked breads, croissants, pastries, sandwiches, cooking classes, and much more...what's not to love! I visit the French Kitchen weekly to buy breads and the delicious chocolate chip cookies. My family has also taken cooking classes there and the staff makes learning fun. I need...to go to lunch and have some of the soup next time.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Coffee bar, pastries, quiche or a baguette, in other words tres Parisian.
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