The Warehouse District has become a hub for classical French cooking, with a couple of new restaurants bringing Parisian flair to the neighborhood. In September, Chateau du Lac (2037 Metairie Road, 504-831-3773; www.chateaudulacbistro.com) opened a second location (857 Fulton St., 504-301-0235; www.facebook.com/chateaudulacwarehouse). Diners looking for something light in the morning, but every bit as French, can head to Cafe 821 (821 Baronne St., 504-267-5456; www.facebook.com/cafe821).
Cafe 821 opened quietly this summer and has been keeping a low profile and attracting followers with artful cafe au laits and delicate croissants. The weekday lunchtime spot serves croque madames, Belgian waffles and, following a recently expanded menu, quiches, sandwiches and "Frenchy" mac and cheese. The cafe serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.