St. Louis, MO 63104
Riverfront Times' Description
Tom Schmidt thought he'd open a diner. After a reasonably priced meal at a trendy Manhattan restaurant, he realized what St. Louis really needed: hearty, affordable French bistro fare smack in the middle of Soulard. You'll find favorites like braised lamb, cassoulet and pommes frites, as well as escargot, frog legs and sweetbreads. A classy, utterly unpretentious restaurant in a beautiful space, Franco also sports an elegant bar fashioned from reclaimed barn wood. The mixologists here almost look too young to be this freaking good at making immaculate, heart-stopping cocktails. Franco's signature drink, the Silver and Sand, features Lillet Rouge, lemon juice, a Danish liqueur Cherry Heering, lemon ginger scotch, lemon bitters and an egg white.
Tips from foursquare
Lamb shank. Do it.
The selection of french wines is magnifaque!
Had the seafood stew again. Amazing as always. The escargot is fantastic, not to be missed.
Try the escargot or any steak they have for the season. Also get the buffalo trace bourbon neat and you won't regret it.
cassoulet, cassoulet cassoulet
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Reviews and News
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Best Of Awards
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