The French Laundry
125 West Shiawassee Avenue
Fenton, MI 48430
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- Sun - 7:00am - 9:00pm
- Mon - Thu 7:00am - 10:00pm
- Fri - Sat 7:00am - 11:00pm
Cuisine: French Restaurants
4.8 of 5.0 from 60 reviews
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The French Laundry Reviews
Often as not, eateries receive many reviews when they first open their doors. As the word gets out, in this case "excellent" reviews tend to waine. I noticed that the Laundry was in need of a few more recent inputs for those of you out their that still may have not stepped up to the plate if you will. For others, not from the Fenton area, this is an invitation to make the French Laundry a destination that will delight the traveler no matter what part of the country you hail from.My most recent visit was today, I thought it a perfect opportunity to casually read the paper and have a refreshening of one of the Laundry's many delights. My call of the day was and order of Norma and Floyd's. " A heaping bowl of house-made, corned beef hash topped with two eggs over easy, and a slice of rye toast". Yes this is house-made, hand chopped, real corned beef blended with sweet red peppers, onion and perfectly cubed potatoes. Served very hot off the grill topped with 2 delightful eggs begging to be soaked up with artisan rye toast cut thick and full crusted. Trie bon! To add to this experience I was surrounded with the sights and aromas of a wall adorned with fresh baked breads, offerings of cheeses from artisan farms as well as olive oils and vinegars. Hand printed with chalk are the specials and selective recommendations of home made pies (huge by the way), coffees from around the world and fresh baked delights," real scones", that will torture your mind in to returning for a fresh fix. This bistro is not simply a stop to satisfy ones daily need to eat, but rather a collection of fine confections. A library that will broaden ones culinary hunger. Enjoy the paper, its very casual and inviting. Be sure to ask lots of questions. Your education awaits.
What to say about the french laundry? Absolute bliss! The owner, Mark Hamel, is an absolute master of his domain and is quick to share his knowledge of food, wine and France. The new spring menu (2007) is perfect and so flavorful!! Chef Jody Brunori has outdone herself on this one. I only wish that I could taste all the new entrees. This destination is a corner of heaven in Old Fenton.
My boyfriend and I often come in for meals. The menu is varied and there is something for everyone. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is unique. We'll be back soon.
I only wish we lived closer, so we could be regulars. My husband and I go there on birthdays or our anniversary. Last night we attended one of their special event dinners, which was a beer dinner. Everything was fabulous, although my stomach ran out of room too early!Everything we have tried has been excellent, including beverages. Their bartender is a barmaster, and seems to know everything about what he is serving. The atmosphere is wonderful too. Can you tell I love this place?!
The French Laundry has GREAT food and excellent service!! They are very fast! Our whole family loves it there!!
My boyfriend and I love to eat breakfast and lunch at this charming cafe. We have our "usuals" that we always share while people-watching. This is a quaint, romantic place to have a delicious meal.
Amazing is all I can say. Our waitress was great, the menu is amazing and the food itself is outstanding! HIGHLY recommended. One note-the sandwiches are quite large, so if you have a small appetite, be prepared to take home a doggie-bag.
World-class breads and baked goods from Ann Arbor's celebrated Zingerman's Bakehouse, the best in the Upper Midwest. Terrific deli sandwiches in the Zingerman's tradition, but also huge fresh salads and a small menu of savory, rustic dinner entrees. Wonderful cheeses, good house coffee, good everything, offered up in a cozy, distinctive setting - part market, part deli, part mod little bistro.The beer selection, favoring Belgium and the French countryside, features some of the world's finest brews, including the incomparable Saison Dupont (as well as Foret, its organic counterpart), the glorious Trappist ales of Chimay, and the fine Belgian-style beers of Unibroue in Canada.
Absolutely beautiful. From the food to the atmosphere, this place is exceptional. The staff is remarkably attentive to customers. Including the owner, who knows most of the regular customers names and history. They even offer cooking, food, and wine classes after hours that people can sign-up for. The resturant also puts on many community events including a marathon and bike race that they started for charity. Local artists sometimes perform on special occasions also. It is a great place to enjoy a meal, and read the paper, or chat with friends over a cafe. The experience has gotten even better since the expansion of a larger dining room and bar. Have not been there for dinner, but the lunches are very good. Mostly deli sandwiches for lunch, that include the best breads, meats and cheeses. There is about 60 sandwiches to choose from. Besides sandwiches there are also a lot of baked goods, soups, and salads. Ususally every month there is a new special. During the summer the patio is great for sitting and having a drink. It is right along a main drag in old downtown Fenton, which is very charming. Sandwiches can be a little more expensive than normal, but well worth it since most can not be eaten in one sitting. Overall, an 11 out of 10. Just what the are needs!
You better be hungry when you go to the Laundry and it will take a while to work up those washboard abs afterwards. The Mac and Cheese is top fare. Casual dining experience compares to Zingerman's in Ann Arbor.
Love this restaraunt. The food is oustanding for the price. The spinach artichoke appetizer is absolutely divine. I had the meatloaf dish, and it was out-of-this-world good. Good service as well.
by Michelle D.
They have the best Cosmo ever.
by Anamarija J.
First Monday of the month is kids' night! 5pm-8pm half-off kids menu and there is a magician ;-)
by Noel K.
Great sandwiches! Quite an extensive beer and cocktail menu
by Lindsey Z.
by D J.
Only two shared bathrooms. Always a line
Amazing.. Recommend #49 and don't forget to stop by the bakery on the way out
by Sherry B.
Parking was a little rough but the food and service was excellent.
by Jeremy W.
Get some bread/cookies from the bakery to take home. Delicious and gluten-free
by Nancy I.
This place is always busy. Definitely worth the drive. One of my favorites!
by Cathy G.
A customer of our recommended this place...so glad we went.....YUMMY
by Lora E.
Come BEFORE 4 (dinner). The prices are cheaper. :-)
by Amber C.
Delicious. Loved the vegetable strudel at lunch. The "small" salad that comes with it was anything but small. Can't wait to go back.
by Maureen F.
Four berry pie is to die for! Apple too.
by Crystal F.
Try the falafel it was delicious!
by Val G.
Coffee rocks...sammys are great too!
by Ben C.
Great food, but like France, it is not a speedy process.
by Richard B.
The cheese platter is a must! Seriously. Even if its not on the menu, ask for it.
by Shelby G.
The best food and amazing beer and wine selection.
The #21 is delicious!
by Brandon C.
Get coffee and cinnamon ice cream for dessert.
by Scot O.
Drink menu is crazy good
by Seth I.
Try the Zomby. It's like a Rum long island. Powerful.
by Luke H.
Best coffee around, all Michigan craft brews on tap, the food is always fantastic and the staff is awesome!! Get the chocolate chip cookie with sea salt for dessert....o.m.g.
by jeni b.
Be careful of the chairs outside by the bushes and if you happen to move the chair and fall into the bushes, your waiter might say "it happens " and walk right by.
by Ruth V.
If you get Becky as a server, you meal will be even more enjoyable!
by Toni Rae B.
Becky is awesome! Love the Kyle and Kenzie !!!!
by Michael S.
Best coffee and breakfasts in the world!
by karen b.
GEORGIAN REUBEN WAS! !!!!!!
by Jami I.
Get the $9 kahlua and cream. You'll wonder why it costs so much.
by Carl J.
Must get the vanilla cinnamon ice cream with olive oil and sea salt. Sounds weird but OMG good. Also, french onion soup amazing.
by Sara J.
Try the Bub's Meat And Potatoes - The laundry's take on steak and potatoes. Potato pancake, beef tenderloin, fried egg, and gorgonzola creme (via @Foodspotting)
by Todd N.
Walking in, you feel as if you’ve been transported to a quaint, cozy French bakery and cafe. Make sure to try the winter squash lasagna!
by Awesome Mitten
Hell Ya! if you like your cocktail with grapefruit juice
by ALani A.
by Marcos S.
Everything on the menu is customizable.. fabulous food, great servers - who know the menu.. worth a trip! (Also lunch is available at dinner!)
Come eat my delicious food!
by Devon I.
Chocolate cherry toast...omg.
by Maggie T.
Cosmos to die for
by Lisa Marie S.
This is no sandwich shop. Come for the cuisine, wine and most importantly Michigan craft beer!
by John K.
Best food in Genesee County.
by Kyle Y.
Exceptional food and an incredible atmosphere, the French Laundry restaurant is sure to deliver a delicious meal every time.
by Perry Ellis
Lunch at french Laundry
by Fady E.
Good Herbal Tea... and a Bagle!
by Fady E.
Taste of Fenton !
by G~ F.
If ever in the area, this is the place to be! Great Blueberry Pancakes!
by Christina H.
Get the Turkey Chili! The best around!
by Andrea B.
Today’s specials: Breakfast – 2 Eggs over easy, roasted garlic potatoes, Applewood smoked bacon and a slice of pecan raisin toast - $5.85. Lunch – Grilled pumpernickel, Vermont cheddar cheese, regular
by Fady E.
French laundry was a very good choice for Monday evening!
by Fady E.
Become a fan on FB and get updates on breakfast & lunch specials, along with current beers on tap!
by Nicole B.
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