FoodMeTrivia Series #2: The Meaning of Brasserie


Question: What is a brasserie?

Answer: Brasserie should not be confused with brassiere (spelled with an extra “i”), aka the bra.

According to Dictionary.com, brasserie is

“an unpretentious restaurant, tavern, or the like, that serves drinks, especially beer, and simple or hearty food.”

According to Wikipedia, brasserie is

“a type of French restaurant with a relaxed, upscale setting, which serves single dishes and other meals. The word brasserie is also French for “brewery” and, by extension, “the brewing business”.  A brasserie can be expected to have professional service, printed menus, and, traditionally, white linen—unlike a bistro which may have none of these.”

Brasserie is usually not as casual as a bistro or as formal as a fine-dining French restaurant. They are known for traditional, simple French fare and beer.

Dario’s Brasserie in Dundee fits the brasserie definition.

Dario’s website states “A Brasserie, pronounced (Brahs-uh-REE) is an informal French café that serves beer, wine and simple hearty food. Dario’s is a European style restaurant with banquette seating and gentle lighting that give an intimate and elegant feel. Our cozy and comfortable bar area is great for a drink or casual dining experience.”

Thankfully, Dario’s Brasserie isn’t a bra place! Check out the FoodMeOmaha reviews, “Mussel Up at Dario’s Brasserie” and “Dish Up at Dario’s Brasserie“.

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Question: What are other types of French restaurants?

Answer: The French have a naming system for different types of restaurants. This includes bistro, brasserie (discussed above), cafe, salon de the, and bistrot a vin.

Since these bloggers explain it, here are posts describing the different types of French restaurants:

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