Inside St. Honore Boulangerie — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
St. Honoré Boulangerie, named for the patron saint of bakers (Saint Honoré), has a bright and tasty new location on SE Division Street in Portland, Ore. They serve French fare from the Alsace region created by award-winning and nationally recognized master baker Chef Dominique Geulin.
Geulin is originally from Normandy, France, where he lived above the family bakery. He has truly brought a little piece of France to Portland. One visit here, and you'll quickly see the pride Chef Geulin puts into everything he creates.
The restaurant incorporates a clay firebrick bread oven, a traditional part of French baking. The bricks are made of kaolin earth from the town of Larnage, located in the foothills of the Rhone Valley and surrounded by vineyards of Tain-l'Hermitage. The quarries here have been used since the Roman times.
Geulin wants to create not just great food but an experience: a neighborhood restaurant where the staff knows you on a first name basis and you can enjoy your time there. He even crafted the layout of his restaurant to be open so he could chat with customers while he works.
Cider cocktails at St. Honore Boulangerie — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
St. Honoré offers beers, ciders and wines. They happen to specialize in ciders and recently debuted five new and refreshing cider cocktails perfect for summer, with the help of Portland mixologist Jacob Grier. The one everyone seems to love is the Midnight in Paris, featuring Finriver Farmstead Cider, Lillet Blanc, sweet orange vinegar, elderflower syrup and orange peel.
This new St. Honore Boulangerie location offers a special new “Apero” happy hour menu not available at the other two locations. The happy hour menu is available each day from 4 p.m. until close.
Food offerings range from fresh salads to exquisite cheese boards to grille au pommes and apple cider sourdough. Locals tend to enjoy a tarte flambée to go with their cocktails. These tarte flambees (also known to some as flat breads) are topped with choices like bacon lardon, fresh onions and crème fraiche or potatoes, onions, veggies and crème fraiche. They offer a tarte flambee of the day and a soup of the day, which are always original and delicious. Kids love the turkey and cheese croissants and sweet treats.
St. Honoré Boulangerie also offers a large variety of breads and sweets, including their newest apple cider macaroon, which is simply remarkable. With 48-hour notice, they can whip up a special dessert of any size for any occasion.
For those that love French breads and sweets, this is your new go-to bakery in Portland.
Green apple macaroons — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy