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Bread & Butterfly Brings All-day French Fare to Atlanta

By Marina I. Jokic

Kristin Allin, co-owner of Bread & Butterfly bakery and brasserie in Atlanta, was intent on opening an all-day café after being inspired by her travels in Europe. She felt that people craved the freedom to enjoy espresso drinks and pastries, fine wines, and gourmet cuisine at the same place without interruption.

In the morning, Bread & Butterfly churns out decadent, flaky croissants and foamy cappuccinos while at night, it transforms into a romantic bistro. Open since 2015, the café has garnered the attention of locals and tourists alike with a culinary lineup to match.

"We were inspired by the all-day cafes in other cities we've visited and wanted to bring this experience to Atlanta," Allin said. "Atlanta is a big city, and we felt it needed a place for people to enjoy espresso drinks, wines, and food from morning to night, and we felt a cafe that is truly American but inspired by French cuisine would be a fun way to introduce this to the area."

In the heart of picturesque Inman Park, this European-style café caters to a diverse clientele with such specialties as soft scrambled eggs and smoked trout, tartine, charcuterie, and Jambon Beurre, a thinly sliced ham with butter on a French baguette with a seasonal salad.

From its cozy bar to the intimate dining room and spacious porch, Bread & Butterfly beckons its guests to simply relax and savor every bite of the cavalcade of tasty morsels to follow. At whatever time of the day you happen to find yourself there, the café will leave you pleasantly satiated with a myriad of unique eats and bold flavors.

"We chose Inman Park because of its proximity to the Beltline and the walkability of this area," Allin said. "The name is from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There [and] the butterfly is a reference to the evolving all-day quality of B&B and is the symbol of the neighborhood of Inman Park."

Flooded with natural light and color, Bread & Butterfly exudes whimsy and warmth. With an outdoor patio and an intimate pastry and espresso counter, the café is ideal for a date or just a solitary afternoon spent reading a good book. You'll find floral tile covering the sunroom, a neon sign with the word Merci, and no shortage of curious French-inspired baubles on the walls.

"The experience is not a rushed one?[we] do not have wifi and hope our patrons will pick up a magazine or newspaper from our stand to read or just spend some time visiting with friends or family over a meal," Allin said. "Bread & Butterfly does not take reservations, but during busy brunch times, we keep a waitlist of patrons on our chalkboard in the entry area."

Executive chef and French native Remi Granger revels in the Apero or happy hour every day which features a smaller midday menu and half-priced wines. Fresh steak frites and burger Americain are popular and familiar, while the omelet is prepared in the French way with a creamy center, herbs, and light cheese. You can swig classic cocktails and French wines and sample delicious fare all day long. It is this gastronomic freedom that Allin has brought to Atlanta residents.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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