Fonfon opened in 2000 with an investment of a little over $350,000 and named for a French idiom meaning "sure, sure". The menu features informal "petite cuisine" items like sandwiches, omelettes and sausages as well as mussels, steaks and grilled fish specials. Continental Bakery developed a special white/wheat sourdough for the restaurant.
The interior decor was designed by Patrick Dunne of New Orleans, Louisiana. An outdoor courtyard features a boule court.
Chez Fonfon has appeared on numerous "best burger" lists for its "Hamburger Fonfon", a fresh-ground hamburger served with comté cheese, grilled red onion, house-made pickles, and a side of pommes frites.
- Hayes, Jack (May 29, 2000) "Stitt debuts Fonfon as encore to Highlands, Bottega" Nation's Restaurant News
- Branigan, Erin (December 18, 2003) "Chez Fonfon: Southside's authentic French bistro." Black & White
- Chez Fonfon websitr