Downtown off of Spring Street, tucked away down a small ally, lives this quaint little French restaurant known as “Chez Nous”. In walking down the cobblestone, the first thing I noticed was that it felt like we were going to a friends house for dinner. It is not a place that one would stumble upon without knowing where to look for it, but look for it you must.
My husband Matt and I choose this as our restaurant of choice to celebrate my birthday, as I had been following them on Instagram for a while. I had a pretty good feeling that the food would be above-par but the entire dining experience is what really makes this place exceptional.
Upon approaching the entrance to the restaurant, you realize that this is a former two-story home, turned restaurant. The yellow hued cream colored house with black shutters has a “false front door” that you instinctively know is not actually used as the entrance. You walk just to the left of the door through a wide open gate into a French patio with 2 long family-style tables, that is presumably used for large parties, both of which appear to be occupied at all times.
The place having been built in the 1800’s, means that it is long and narrow with only so much room for tables. There are only 8 tables in total inside, 4 downstairs and 4 upstairs which leads to the romantic and cozy energy that it oozes. While it took quite some time for our waitress to introduce herself and allow us to place our drink order, she immediately apologized for the delay, and we had excellent service from there on out.
One distinctive element that Chez Nouz possesses is that its menu changes daily. In the 8 months that I have been following their daily menu, I do not believe I have ever seen the same dish twice. Not only that, but they only serve 6 items per day. Two appetizers ,two entrees, and two desserts. This means that if you go with another person, the idea is to get one of everything, and share them. Who doesn’t love a place where you get to try the entire menu every time?