One night this spring, chef Patrick Quillec and his family – who also own Café Provence – quickly moved their popular grab-and-go market and retail shop, French Market, into a much larger space next door within the shops of Prairie Village.
The new 2,674-square-foot space, formerly home to Pinot’s Palette, bought them an additional 1,000 square feet, which has been transformed into a new kitchen, full bar and a pretty dining room with space for 30.
The shop has also added much larger grab-and-go cases filled with prepared boxed meals, sides and salads along with packaged wine and beer and desserts to enjoy at home. Customers will also thrill to find French Market still carries retail items like French dishware, table linens and cookbooks, too.
The shop sells French cookbooks, tablecloths, wrapping paper, soaps, imported French sauces, condiments and candies, as well as grab-and-go items.
Quillec’s sons, Philip, the executive chef at Café Provence, will help oversee the second kitchen inside of French Market, while Noah has recently returned to Kansas City to run the front of the house operations for the market, bar and bistro.
“We are thrilled with the neighborhoods response to our new dining room and bar and having a kitchen in this space has made things much more efficient,” Noah says. “We now have room to grow and do more grab-and-go items for the market along with the ability to offer a menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner in this new space.”
The atmosphere inside of the new French Market is cozy and convivial, with bistro tables filled with neighborhood ladies catching up over a glass of wine and couples enjoying a nice meal out. The appeal of the new dining room and bar is evident from the moment you walk in, and it draws you immediately into the space.
The French Market has taken a layered approach to what is served and when. It all starts with breakfast, served Monday through Saturday from 8 to 11am, offering a handful of tempting croissant breakfast sandwiches, pastries, coffee and fruit and yogurt to hungry guests looking to grab and go or stay and read the paper.
The restaurant is known for its fantastic French crêpes, and now offers around 13 different sweet or savory options. A classic savory French crêpe to try is the Grand Mere, featuring Jambon de Paris ham, Swiss cheese and a farm-fresh egg on top. For a crêpe on the sweet side, you can’t go wrong with Patrick’s Confiture, filled with housemade fruit jam and butter. Crêpes are available Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm and should absolutely not be missed.
Lunch is also served Monday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm, featuring a collection of hot toasty sandwiches like Croque Madame and Monsieur, a Reuben, chicken paillard and a pork schnitzel. Other options include a soup of the day, several salads and a few sides, like Hannah’s Famous French Fries with pesto aïoli, delightfully resurrected from the old Hannah’s Bistro menu.
The dinner menu remains the same at dinner at French Market, and is served Monday through Saturday from 3 to 8pm. Desserts are something special here, and every meal should end with a trip to the pastry counter to check out the selection of sweets, which usually includes chocolate mousse, French macarons, coconut macaroons, freshly baked cookies, fruit tarts and more.
Guests can also sit at the bar and enjoy a nice selection of mostly French wines by the glass or bottle along with French and local beers, plus a fun selection of aperitif cocktails and after-dinner drinks. The bar has become a bit of a hot spot around happy hour. Monday through Friday from 3 to 6pm, French Market offers special pricing on house wines, bubbly and featured food specials.
With all of this on offer, The French Market is the buzzy new bar and bistro you never knew you needed in the Shops of Prairie Village.
The French Market is open Monday through Saturday from 8 to 11am for breakfast, from 11am to 3pm for lunch and from 3 to 8pm for dinner. Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 6pm.
The French Market in the Shops of Prairie Village, 6943 Tomahawk Road, Prairie Village, Kansas, 913.362.0803, frenchmarketkc.com