Restaurants in Alsace traditionally have a more formal dining room as well as a casual dining room known locally as a weinstube or brasserie. At the brasserie, diners may enjoy traditional, hearty Alsatian dishes accompanied by local wine in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. These friendly establishments are immensely popular with Alsatians and visiting them is always the best part of my trips back to Alsace. I opened Jacques’ Brasserie at L’Auberge Chez François to bring the tastes and comforts of the Alsatian brasserie to Great Falls.
The menu and decor at Jacques’ Brasserie are a special tribute to my father, François Haeringer, who opened the original Chez François in Washington DC in 1954. Many of the recipes I use here at the brasserie come from a notebook of handwritten recipes my father brought with him when he first moved from France to the United States. The dining room is furnished with hand-painted, ceramic-topped tables that Papa had made for the original Chez François. The copper on the walls comes from my father’s vast collection of traditional copperware and the wall behind the banquette and Jacques’ Bar Rouge are upholstered in red paisley fabric that my father purchased in large bolts on a trip to France. These items are part of my family’s heritage and the legacy of L’Auberge Chez François. My wish is for you to experience the best of traditional Alsatian cuisine on your visit to Jacques’ Brasserie.
Jacques’ Brasserie Menu