I have wanted to go to Chez Francois for many years but thought it was too far for dinner. I finally decided to make it a day trip to celebrate our 29th Wedding Anniversary and what a great idea that turned out to be. We had great weather so we took the convertible out and headed for Shoepfle Gardens. After a very nice stroll around there beautiful gardens, we headed to Chez Francois, just 6 miles away. On our way in we met the Chef and he was the nicest person, stopping to ask us if we were celebrating anything and telling us the specials. We had asked to sit on the patio and we loved our table on the water. Dinner began with some crisp Domain Chandon champagne and an amuse-bouche of gazpacho and avocado foam that was very tasty. I ordered the Artichaut à l’Alouette and the Veal Castle both of which I recommend. We also had King Salmon from Alaska's Sitka Bay. The Salmon was prepared perfectly and a very large portion. However, the bed of uncooked Napa cabbage it sat on was mispaired with the salmon. The Veal Castle was perfect in every way. Our waiter Dave and server Tyler were outstanding. Dave told us about the specials and answered all our questions nicely, even the ones that were not about the restaurant. Tyler kept our table crumb free and made sure I had all the correct forks and knives. For desert, we each had the Gâteau Chocolat Moulleux, Crème Glacée. I was very good and enough for two. If you area caramel lover like me, you might like a bit more caramel The nice thing about desert is that it is moderately priced at $10 and includes a 2 oz pour of a matched wine. Our bill was reasonable for a restaurant of this caliber and actually less than some of Cleveland's hotspots. The only word of caution is that the website is out of date. It has sample 5-course Prix Fixe dinners priced at $76 + $30 for wine, and in the restaurant it was $90 for the dinner and $40 for the wine. We ended our day with a stroll up the quaint historic Main Street. Perfect!
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