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crepes--Chez Puce

michael Sep 7, 2001 01:42 PM

Used to be a place called Chez Puce at Pico & Lincoln in Santa Monica with the best Brittany style crepes. Then it moved to the area of the Promenade. Then what happened? Whither Puce?

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    elisha RE: michael Sep 7, 2001 08:40 PM

    I remember that place. I think I heard she returned to france, if that's where she was from. she had a monster dessert crepe.

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      michael RE: elisha Sep 9, 2001 11:03 AM


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        motoman RE: elisha Jul 7, 2009 09:57 AM

        Sidney Smith, M.D.! Oh yeah! A true classic.

        We used to take the No. 7 Pico bus to the beach and stop at the A&W root beer stand... You could buy root beer in a megaphone container...

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        Pat RE: michael Sep 10, 2001 03:12 PM

        They used to give out free brownies at the front door. This was one of the first places I went on dates in high school, and was across the street from my high school in fact. The garlic butter crepe was the right price for a high school dating budget. this is one of my fondest restaurant memories of the 70s, along with Sundance Cafe and an "international" burger place on Highland or La Brea.

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          deb RE: michael Dec 13, 2003 11:34 PM

          ah yes, I remember it well..The ladies who made the crepes were so darn authentic looking..Does anyone remember the menu? I remember their blended coffees were excellent.

          1. Michelly RE: michael Jul 7, 2009 12:39 PM

            I remember her! You'd walk in and there she was behind the counter, her hair in a pony tail, making crepe after crepe. The cartoon of her on the menu cover was drawn by long-time fan Sergio Aragones of Mad magazine fame. I remember the seafood crepe- all fresh clams, shrimp and scallops in garlic butter sauce!
            Wherefore art thou, Puce?

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              nathcar RE: Michelly Dec 21, 2009 12:31 PM

              Chez Puce unfortunately passed on. Puce dies of breast cancer. Josette of Alzheimers. And I am the daughter with all the secret recipes! (: Perhaps one day it will re-open...

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                kauma RE: nathcar Dec 21, 2009 02:13 PM

                My condolences to you.

                What a magical place!

                My very best to you...

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                  hip2bl7 RE: nathcar Jan 7, 2012 12:17 AM

                  So sorry to hear about Puce and Josette. Chez Puce was an amazing place. Puce made my wedding cake in 1974, a gorgeous croquembouche. I still have a pin with the drawing of her with her pony tail.

                  I would love to see it reopen!

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                mc michael RE: michael Dec 21, 2009 03:57 PM

                Wow, this is the week for excavating the OG posts.

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