I remember the first time I had one of Jean-Francois Flechet’s waffles. He had two waffle irons near one of the entrances to Findlay Market. It was a cold winter morning, and I couldn’t wait to have my next one.
Now, Flechet has a veritable waffle empire: an expansive location at Findlay Market, a presence at the Great American Ball Park, gorgeous restaurants on Short Vine and in Rookwood, and an upcoming location at The Banks. His first restaurant, at the corner of 12th and Vine in OTR, has just been renovated to match the look and feel of his other restaurants, while maintaining the distinct flavor of OTR.
I got to pop into the VIP opening on Saturday and sample some of their familiar menu items and see the new space. The bar has remained where it is, flanked by a gorgeous pastry case with all sorts of goodies. There’s more seating where the chef’s table used to be, as well as a private dining room. Everything is polished up, refined a bit, and there’s more room for Sunday brunch or a beer at dinner.
Speaking of — they have 24 taps with local and international craft brews, including a great selection of Belgian favorites. I got to try a beer Flechet recommended to me — Liefman’s Fruitesse— which is designed to be poured over ice. The bartender also threw in a shot of Bols Genever– refreshing and delicious on a hot summer day.
They still have all of your favorites — chicken and waffles, pretzels and beer cheese, the McWaffle– and a host of new pastries you’ll need to try.