Curious about how the closing of Grace in Cooper-Young might (or might not) affect her sister restaurant Au Fond, I stopped by during peak lunchtime Saturday. The place was rocking.
For the hour I was there, lines in the restaurant’s front room stretched from the counter to the door. Customers didn’t seem to mind, although I got a little restless. Here’s the good news: The charming ambience of Au Fond softens the wait, and once you place an order, the food arrives quickly.
Another nice feature of Au Fond is that breakfast is served all day, so it’s easy to accommodate late risers who want eggs at noon (me) and early risers ready for a hearty sandwich (my husband).
Tony went for Au Fond’s Cuban “Sammy”, a Panini with ham, provolone, thinly sliced braised pork from Newman Farms, and house-made pickles, a nice surprise. The sandwich was served with hand-cut seasoned fries.
I had a perfectly prepared omelet with Tasso ham, spinach, and brie. It was served with a side of roasted potatoes, and the bits of flavorful rosemary from the potatoes reminded me of holiday cooking.
No matter what you have at Au Fond, be sure to add a brioche with raspberry jam. It only costs a dollar. We got a brioche to-go, but once we got in the car, we couldn’t wait to eat it. An hour later, the car still smelled like warm dough and butter. Too bad we didn’t buy two.