Entering Rue Dumaine, guests are greeted with the décor, flavor and influences of French style and cuisine. 

“I want to expose people to high quality cuisine that is locally grown in a comfortable dining setting,” says Chef Anne Kearney, proprietor at Rue Dumaine. 

She says that her career has disciplined her to take pride in technique, and those techniques are heightened by the use of the great number of ingredients from local farmers and artisans. 

“I’m buying from locals and locals buy from me,” says Chef Kearney. 

Surrounded by a wonderful team, Chef Kearney has 25 employees, some of whom have been with the restaurant for years.

Guests can watch the kitchen roar to life as culinary hands prepare dishes like the Dumaine Salad and fresh Prince Edward Island mussels with fresh herbs and pommes frites, known on the menu as Mussels Bourride.

While some menu items are consistent, Chef Kearney makes a specials menu each week and offers seasonal dishes. Pair these dishes with wines, like Chef Kearney’s favorites the Sea Smoke “Southing” Pinot Noir and the Lucien Crochet Sancerre “La Croix du Roy,” but know that the waiters can assist with choosing a wine to go with the meal. 

For dessert, try the French chocolate gelato swirled with brandy caramel and chocolate ganache chips, made by Palazollo Artisan Gelato & Sorbetto, or the fresh fruit sorbets, made by Madisono’s. It’s a soothing way to end the evening. 

Before opening Rue Dumaine in 2007, Chef Kearney and her husband owned a restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans called Peristyle, which was previously owned by the late Chef John Neal.

Rue Dumaine’s name stems from the street on which Peristyle was located, called “Dumaine.” In fact, one picture frame in Rue Dumaine is Peristyle’s front door after a fire broke out one night. Open for lunch F 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., open for dinner Tues-Thurs 5-9 p.m., F-Sat. 5-10 p.m. Rue Dumaine, 1061 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Township. 937-610-1061, ruedumainerestaurant.com.