About St. Jack Patisserie
Mid-morning light filters through the large glass windows of Patisserie St. Jack, illuminating the carefully arranged selection of traditional French pastries perched atop vintage cake plates and within the array of glass domes covering the zinc countertop. Fresh from the depths of the kitchen, Alissa Frice presents beautifully browned canelé, irresistible fruit galettes, delectably rich éclairs, and buttery croissants stuffed with ham and gruyère cheese.
The savory theme broadens from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., when a light lunch menu is served. On offer are salads, charcuterie, classic French sandwiches, and plated desserts, listed, as in Lyon, on a chalkboard hung on the wall. Alongside a restrained menu of beer and wine by the glass, Roseline espresso is available throughout the day--one can just as easily enjoy a leisurely macchiato at one of the sidewalk café tables as make a quick stop for a mid-day macaron and drip coffee to go.
Whether taking a quiet lunch with friends or simply passing through, the mood in the Patisserie is warm, inviting, and entirely transporting. Jacques Brel croons from the speakers as teacups clink against saucers and the concerns of the day recede. The smell of freshly baked madeleines fills the room at unexpected moments, bringing with it the true feeling of France.