La Petite Creperie in Mar Vista. New Place, best Crepes in West LA
La Petite Creperie opened up about a month ago at 3809 Grand View Blvd in Mar Vista (The street where the farmers market is across from Mitsuwa).
It's a small place, co-run by a French guy and an American Woman. They serve savory and sweet crepes and also omelets and french toast.
I've been to most of the Crepe places in LA and Santa MOnica, and found them all to be pretty mediocre. This is the first place I will definitely go back to.
Today was my first visit and I had a potato bacon crepe which was very tasty and perfect. The potatoes are cubed and a wee bit crunchy and the crepe itself is brown and also kind of crunchy as opposed to the soggy mess you get at a place like the Fairfax Farmer's market creperie.
Apparently the savory crepes are made with buckwheat, and the sweet crepes use a separate batter. I asked the chef about this, and he said most places here just use the sweet crepe batter for their savory crepes...but in France you would be stoned to death for doing that.
I was too full to try a sweet crepe, so I can only give my review based on this one crepe. However, the flavor and quality of this crepe was so far superior to anything else that I've had in LA, that I am very confident that it is safe to judge this place based off this one experience.
My only qualm is that the cheapest coffee drink on the menu is $3.50. They don't have brewed coffee, just French Press...which is very yummy, but it costs $4.00. It would be nice to have a cheapo option for the miserly breakfaster.
They get their beans from the Conservatory roastery in Culver City, which is another plus.......I suppose it is better to pay $4 for good coffee than $2 for bad....but still...
The place is new enough that you can go in on a Weekend morning for breakfast and not have to wait around for a table. I'd say it's a better breakfast choice than the Curious Palate which is probably the closest competitor in its class.
If you are there on a Sunday, you should go to Larry's Tacos in the farmers market too and get a Beef or chicken quesadilla. They make the tortillas right there. I had a friend visit from Japan and took him to tons of restaurants around the west side, Father's Office, Gjelina, Giraffe, and he wouldn't shut up about this quesadilla. He would not shut up.
The Curious Palate
12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA
Father's Office Bar
1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA
La Petite Cafe
660 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
I have only had their buckwheat galettes and agree that they are fantastic. Apparently the chef makes a careful selection of the kind of roast he uses for the flour and that makes all the difference.
Along the lines of carefully sourced ingredients, I was also impressed with their coffee. I found the price fair for the amount and quality of coffee in the French Presse. I wish other establishments that offer otherwise perfectly good baked goods or breakfast items would have such good, freshly brewed coffee.
I must also add that their service has been excellent and that little touches in the setting all add up: Nice country-style cloth napkins and Laguiole knives make a difference, while still keeping with the informal "rustic" look.
Thanks for posting about this place. We went this morning - just missed the rush - and it was a wonderful way to start our Sunday. We ordered the French toast with berries/coulee, the crepes with sausage; asparagus/prosciutto/pine nuts; and the one with the gruyere and a perfectly cooked egg. We also had the French Press w/ coffee from The Conservatory (wonderful coffee beans there).
The folks here are pretty serious about their food. Quality ingredients, baking their own bread, incredible attention to technique and presentation, and warm unhurried service. Total was about $52 less tip.
Their strategy seems to be to offer quality food from a limited menu with a feel that I would imagine is more European. It's a small space, but they did not crowd the place too tightly with chairs and tables (which feel like one should sit and enjoy an unhurried meal). As more people came in, many were repeat customers as the waitress greeted them as such. If they can keep up this strategy, particularly on the quality front, I think they've wedged in a permanent spot here.
Vittus, I was able to check out La Petite Creperie this Sunday with some out-of-town guests and everyone loved it! I'm always at the Mar Vista Farmer's Market on Sundays, so this will definitely be my go-to for crepes on the Westside since it's not only affordable, but the flavors are so fresh and delicious. I was a bit skeptical at first when I saw the small portions, but I was pleasantly full and satisfied with just my one crepe. We were able to try the forestiere and jambon omelets, the apple, pineapple, and ham and egg crepes. All of the dishes were nicely made with subtle fresh flavors that were not overpowered by additional spices. The Jambon w/ egg and gruyere savory crepe was definitely the stand-out for me, but the sweet crepes were delicious as well. Great for a light dessert... I wrote a pretty extensive review on my site with photos if anyone wants more details.
La Petite Creperie
3809 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066