By Mark A. Leon
Have you met Dominique and Florence? They are the owners and welcoming committee for Cafe Framboise on Market Street in Charleston, SC. What began with a passion for the finer points of culinary discovery at age seven for Dominique has transpired into a world journey of food and cultural awareness resulting in an exquisite restaurant experience settled in the heart of the Charleston peninsula. Situated on Market Street between King and Archdale, this quaint slice of French delight offers its patrons an experience that will add smiles and satisfaction. Cafe Framboise has truly built its foundation on a lifetime of practice.
Don’t be fooled in thinking they only offer fine French pastries. That is only the beginning of a menu that is a combination of fresh ingredients and love. Should your indulgence be croissant sandwiches, breakfast crepes, french toast, panini, quiche, sandwiches, salads or soup, you will not be disappointed. You may be if you try to go on Sunday. They are only open Monday through Saturday.
I was honored to watch Dominique do a crepe preparation exercise. As he warmed the thin round crepe and ordained it with fresh fruit and toppings, the smell immediately captured my senses. With 15 gourmet and sweet crepes to choose from, each visit can be a new adventure. Please indulge in the Chicken Florentine or Salmon crepe for lunch and the homemade sea salt caramel and pear sweet crepe for dessert. Make sure you share. They are best shared.
Growing up on quiche, I do have a soft and critical spot for this food item. Without a doubt, one of the finest quiches I have ever encountered. The mild creaminess and multitude of flavors from the Quiche Lorraine hit a very happy spot. Fresh bacon, ham and Swiss cooked just right made this an instant favorite.
They do cater, so they are prepared to large events or a quick in and out take out order if you want to just dine in the park.
If you thrive on freshness, intimate attention to detail and a complete dining and dessert experience, you must make Cafe Framboise a plan for your next trip to downtown Charleston.
Remember, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday and 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Sunday.
Make sure you say hi to Dominique and Florence. They may even hug you.