While not officially in the city’s French Quarter, 39 Rue de Jean is the defacto Left Bank of Charleston, the always hopping Parisian hub for all things authentically francaise. Since it first opened in 2001, Rue de Jean has satisfied the cravings of visitors and locals who appreciate the refined high art of braising and the comfy snazz of brasserie style simplicity. “There is so much Southern focus in Charleston, and lots of great contemporary American dining, but we really feel there needs to be great French food in such a culinary city, especially one that has been so influenced by the French. That’s what we try to do,” says Rue’s executive chef Aaron Lemieux.
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