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Chez Fonfon

2007 11th Ave. South (Southside/Five Points South)
Lunch and dinner; reservations not accepted; full bar. The more casual cousin to Highlands Bar & Grill next door, this French bistro offers French country cuisine, with selections such as steak and French fries, Nicoise tart, herbed omelette, country pate, fresh fish and French cheese. Some of our favorites are the trout, the steak tartare, salad with lardon and poached egg, and the cheese. In a January 2008 review, City Scene's Fletcher Harvey called it "tres fun-fun" for lunch, praising Quiche Lorraine, Croque Madame, the hamburger FonFon and seasonal desserts, but said everything seemed a little salty. Food & Wine magazine in 2006 included Chez FonFon in its list of "America's 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences."

Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 09:54AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments10 Comments

Reader Comments (10)

'Twas the week before Christmas and three of us met for a holiday lunch at Chez Fonfon. We hadn't made a reservation and decided to sit at the bar, instead of waiting for a table. Service at the bar was excellent and we had a bird's eye view of the spacious dining room. The menu offers a wide variety of food. Finding it hard to choose, I decided to have an appetizer and a side dish: a tartine with goat cheese and tapenade and the winter vegetables. The tartine was two large slices of toasted dark bread spread with delicious goat cheese. Piled on top was the tapenade, chopped black and green olives. This was served with watercress. The combination was fabulous, the portion so large I took half home (where my eight year old daughter enjoyed it immensely). The winter vegetables were equally delightful. There were served, steaming hot, in an individual tureen. In a rich broth with lentils, the vegetables were a mix of delicious tastes. Best of all were the fresh brussel sprouts, cut in half and broiled or sauteed. They were perfectly cooked, still full of texture despite being in steaming broth. My friends had an omelette and a salad, both generous portions as well. I'll visit Chez Fonfon again soon. (January 2005)

June 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Young

I've had almost everything on the menu here. I like it all. One of my favorite places in town...I've noticed they have americanized the place a little bit since first opening in terms of a few menu offerings and small things such as now putting ice in the water. They have great bar drinks. There mojito is one of the better ones in town as is the kir royale. They also serve prosecco by the glass which my wife really likes. They have a great cheese plate and some familiar items such as hamburger, omelet, and griddled hame&cheese are good. The atmosphere is nice as well.Overall, I highly recommend this place.

September 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbg

My husband and I recently visited Chez Fonfon for the first time. We had a really nice lunch. We split a white bean gratin casserole as appetizer which was delicious to think I really don't like beans. My husband ordered the Lobster special with butternut squash veloute and said it was the best lobster dish he's ever had. Well, it was excellent, in my opinion. I had the steak frites and I loved it. I highly recommend this place and am planning to go back many more times. Service was attentive and our waiter was knowlegeable about the dishes.

November 20, 2007 | Unregistered Commentertnm

Good food however disappointing to see the blending of foods from different cultures....hamburgers??? Do you go to your favorite Italian place and expect to order a taco? Good service and atmosphere [edited by site management for off-topic content]

June 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGET REAL

closed mondays!

June 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhotmess.com

Best burger ever!

Succulent ground meat, cooked to a perfect medium/medium rare, grilled red onions, homemade mayonnaise, melted white cheese, a grilled bun, and lettuce and tomatoes blend together to make the best burger you can find in Birmingham. And to top it all off, the burger is served with crispy shoestring pommes frites and tangy ketchup.

I wasn't a fan of Chez Fon Fon before this weekend, because of a bad experience with a salty, salty Croque Madame, but now I can see myself visiting this spot weekly. The burger is THAT good.

March 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT.S. Smith

Another Frank Stitt success. One is nominated for James Beard awards for producing high quality food and beverage hospitality. Stitt is a winner at this. Chez Fon Fon rocks with high quality foods well prepared and served with professional style.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErn

My boyfriend and I found the food to be
boring and flavorless.
The presentation was also dissapointing.
The service was decent, but that doesn`t
make up for tasteless food.
I recommended my friends find somewhere
else to dine.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDon

Maybe you and your boyfriend need to go back to Jack's?

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I think that the place is pretty descent, I enjoyed my food as so my friends.
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October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVAnn der Jaab

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