Recently, on one of Charleston’s hot, humid summer days a friend of mine and I decided to catch up over a casual lunch at 39 Rue de Jean, located in a two story brick 1880s warehouse on its name sake–John Street. If you’ve ever been to Paris, consider yourself a Francophile or just wondered what dining in a French café is like–then this restaurant is the place for you. From the décor to the dress of the servers and, of course, the French food, this place feels like it actually belongs along the river Seine.
39 Rue de Jean offers the best in Brasserie cuisine with indoor and wonderfully shaded outdoor dining available. We started our lunch in typical French style with a nice glass of wine selected from their predominantly French wine list. Next we were delighted with our entrees. I ordered the quiche du jour which happened to be a delicious ham and gruyere with the lightest and crispiest of crusts. Presented with a small side salad, you cannot go wrong with the quiche!
My friend ordered the Croque Monsieur–or in a plain English–an open faced grilled ham and cheese sandwich. However, it’s not the kind of ham and cheese your mom packed in your lunchbox–that is unless your mom was a French chef! This open faced sandwich comes smothered in swiss and gruyere cheese and definitely required a fork and knife to be enjoyed. Accompanied by some delicious pomme frites (French fries), my friend cleaned the plate.
39 Rue de Jean also offers Sunday Brunch from 10am through 3pm, and lunch from 11:30am through 5:30pm, with dinner beginning at 5:30pm seven days a week. They also offer a late night menu through 1am, featuring steaks, sushi and salads.
Reservations are recommended but not required, call 843-722-8881
and tell them you found them in Charleston Gateway!