Chez nous, which translates to “Our home” in French, is known across the region for its elevated French cuisine. This award-winning restaurant is rated Houston’s third best restaurant on OpenTable and for good reasons.
Chez nous, owned by Chef Stacy Simonson and Scott Simonson, is located in Humble in a renovated church that is now an elegant restaurant with a warm and welcoming ambience. While it previously offered only dine-in reservations, this restaurant has evolved with the pandemic and now provides a la carte takeout as well as “Take and Bake” Packages for date nights at home.
“Our Take and Bake Packages are curated with the intentions of bringing a taste of Chez nous into our patrons’ homes,” said Stacy. “Each package includes three courses with simple reheating instructions, which leave an enticing aroma without the mess of cooking.”
Chez nous’ Take and Bake Packages have taken on many themes including the Chez nous classics, Caribbean night, vegan, Mediterranean and more. Every week, Chez nous announces the upcoming weekend’s package on social media. Interested parties may order by calling 281-446-6717 or via Chez nous’ website. Diners can even request a recommended wine pairing.
Founded in 1984 by the Brach family, Chez nous has been a family owned and operated business from the beginning. As Chez nous celebrates its 36th year in business, the Simonsons look back at their favorite memories.
“I began my culinary journey in 1995 after calling Chef Brach every day for three months until he agreed to bring me on as a dishwasher,” said Stacy.
“Under the direction of Chef Brach, I was able to move through the kitchen stations quickly in order to learn the entire kitchen before leaving for my training in France.”
Stacy and Scott, a dynamic duo, began their relationship — as well as their culinary journey — around their departure for France in 1998. As the center of culinary talent, France offered a prominent restaurant scene that they aspired to train in.
“Scott and I trained at three different châteaux including Chateau Vieux Marielle, Chateau de Reynants in Perigueux and Chateau Monbazillac,” said Stacy.
“We lived in Chef Brach’s house in Fouras until we were hired on as stagiaire at the châteaux,” meaning they were paid with room and board. “I have the Brach family to thank for the success of Chez nous, as Chef Brach’s training and mentorship helped me develop the skills I use every day at Chez nous.”
After their time in France, Stacy and Scott continued their culinary training in San Diego before returning to Humble to help Chef Brach with Chez nous. In 2003, they continued the tradition of a husband and wife owning and operating a French restaurant by taking ownership of Chez nous.
The Simonsons have always been dedicated, hard workers. The Chez nous cru, which is what Stacy calls her team, work under the motto of “Je n’ai pas peur du travail, le travail a peur de moi!” This translates to: “I’m not afraid of work, work is afraid of me!”
When you make a reservation at Chez nous, you expect more than dinner — you expect a dining experience. Guests come from all over the region and visit Humble to enjoy Stacy’s fine dining offerings. Stacy and the Chez nous cru use seasonal ingredients to curate new menus. Not only do guests find delight in Stacy’s cooking, but they also leave in awe of the creativity, art of plating and commitment to hospitality that is noticed throughout their time at Chez nous.
Chez nous is located at 217 South Avenue G in Humble. At this time, Chez nous is open Wednesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information, visit cheznousfrenchrestaurant.com or call 281-446-6717.