In the three years since Jehnee Rains opened her cozy creperie and bar Suzette on SE Belmont, she hasn't wavered from the lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch game plan. She also closed up shop every Monday. But the plan has deliciously changed.
Suzette is now open seven days a week. Even better, on Wednesday Rains unveils morning hours starting at 8 a.m. and a new espresso bar and patisserie, giving working stiffs and other early risers a sweet place to grab breakfast.
Coffee comes from Nossa Familia and all pastries will be made in house. On the agenda: sweet and savory scones, muffins, pear and frangipane puff pastry tarts, brown butter French almond teacakes, quiche, and steel-cut oatmeal. If you crave one of her signature crepes, the full regular menu is available as well.
She's also expanding her hours on Sundays, staying open until 10 p.m. for Sunday Suppers, when all bottles of wine are half price. And lest you think the dinner menu is all crepes all the time, she has a rotating "Not a Crepe" entrée. So far she's offered bistro dishes like Coq au Vin, Cider-Braised Pork Loin with Apples and Winter Vegetables, and Cassoulet. Next up is Duck Confit with Lentils and Garlic Sausage.
Suzette: 3342 SE Belmont St., Portland, 503-546-0892
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; happy hour daily 4 p.m.-6 p.m.