About Frenchie's Cafe

Frenchies Key WestWhile visiting Key West in 2011, lifelong friends Stephanie and Xavier fell in love with the island and decided to make it their home. When you are French, everything worthwhile begins with love, and of course lots of wine! They moved their entire world from Paris and started anew. Within a few months, they had purchased a building and set in motion their plan -- to open Frenchie' Cafe.

To Stephanie and Xavier, both passionate culinary aficionados, the idea of juxtaposing traditional French cuisine with the local Cuban flavors of Key West, seemed an artful and intriguing pursuit. They were further inspired by the local penchant for tiny cups of Cuban coffee called Bucci. These, without the sugar, are very similar to the pure French espresso that runs through Stephanie's veins. Clearly Key West was the perfect place and the fit could not be better.

Stephanie worked many years in Paris, as a professional baker and pastry chef in the 5th and 12th Arrondissment, and as proprietor of Les Moulins de Paris baking school.  Once in Key West, she quickly captivated an appreciative niche of locals and visitors alike, with her fresh baked pastries, homemade breads, decadent French desserts, and daily selection of specialty quiche.

Xavier, also a veteran of Parisian food culture, was Chef Owner of a traditional French brasserie in the Bercy district for years. His fondness for French "feel good" food and personal joie de vivre, allowed him to assimilate easily with the Key West state of mind.  Here he applies his expertise to consistently translate this exuberance to the plate.

From coffee, espresso, pastries and delightfully French breakfast dishes, to gourmet cheeses and chevre chaud salad, or salade niçoise to pan bagnat and a wide variety of French bread paninis, all are visitor and local favorites that make everyone happy.

Together, Stephanie and Xavier complement each other in the kitchen and their recipes for delicious cuisine mirror their appreciation of Key West.  If you are fortunate enough to find yourself in the neighborhood, stop by for a bite...and maybe an espresso!