The space formerly occupied by Kir Wine Bar has welcomed a new concept that keeps some of Kir's Francophilic spirit alive: Longtime farmer's market creperie C'est Si Bon has debuted in the intimate space, filling Kir's famous chalkboard menu with columns of sweet and savory crepes (available "traditionally" or with buckwheat), plus more than 30 wines by the glass and wine-appropriate appetizers. C'est Si Bon owners John and Gabrielle Esbeck started working with the Portland Farmer's Market back in 2008, and have since expanded their market empire to weekly stints at six markets around town, including Monday's lunchtime-only Pioneer Square outpost and the main Farmer's Market at PSU.
At the brick-and-mortar, the Esbecks expand their menu to include salads (like a lentil version with carrots, caramelized shallots, and arugula), charcuterie plates (stocked with Tails & Trotters' pork liver mousse), and a couple Mediterranean flourishes, including Spanish sardines whipped with butter. Sweet crepes feature house-made lemon curd, hazelnut spread, and caramel; Tails & Trotters products surface again in savory crepes stuffed with ham, gruyere, and bechamel, or pork confit with apple butter, caramelized onions, and fried sage.
C'est Si Bon is open now. Hours of operation: Lunch is served 11a.m. to 3p.m., Monday through Friday; dinner available daily, from 5p.m. to close.
· C'est Si Bon [Official site]
· All Previous Kir Coverage [Eater PDX]