Seldom does a restaurant so successfully fill the needs and desires of its neighborhood as Marché Artisan Foods in East Nashville's Five Points area has. A late-2006 spinoff from Chef Margot McCormack and Jay Frein, owners of the nearby standout Margot Café & Bar, Marché manages to be breakfast/brunch spot, contemporary European-style café, and gourmet takeout spot and market all at the same time. Everything on the menu can be taken home, although that would mean missing what amounts to a mini town meeting of the neighborhood for nearly every meal. As befits McCormack's renowned culinary reputation, the menu sparkles with gems, which here lean more toward even more eclectic offerings than at Margot Café. Ya want chicken salad? A spring lunch menu's version of Tuscan chicken salad on market greens included roasted chicken, artichokes, capers, onion, red peppers, olives, herb vinaigrette and focaccia crackers. The dinner menu can include such delectable edibles as curried lamb stew, polenta-crusted trout and house-made gnocchi. The brunch rivals Margot's in popularity (as the line out the door attests), with an ever-changing menu that usually includes fantastic croissant French toast (the half order is still plenty big), the always excellent crepes, quiche, and steak and eggs. Great coffee drinks and blood orange mimosas will melt any hangover into brunch bliss.
Beer and wine available. Serving breakfast and lunch Tue–Fri, dinner Tue–Sat. Sat brunch 8 am–4 pm, Sun brunch 9 am–4 pm. Closed Mon.