La Creperie in Lauderhill
Surprised that this restaurant had never been reviewed or recommended in the past as it has been on my short list to get to over the past few years and never got there.
It showed up on my map back in 2005 when the sun sentinel listed in the top 100 in SE Florida. It is also next door to Rosie Baby (Bar with live restaurant and weak New Orleans cuise) and Su Shin (Sushi place also on my list that I have yet to make it to)
Went there tonight for date night with the wife. The place is medium sized with two front rooms, each with around 10-15 tables. I understand they have a private room but never looked for it or saw it. The decor is dated with wood paneling and old french pictures, posters, and nick nacks. Light frenchy music. White table clothes but not stuffy in the least. Actually quite relaxed for a nice restaurant.
The service was great. The women who met us at the door (??owner-Suzy???) was cordial and sweet and spoke in a beautiful french accent. She also took our orders and was patient while we hemmed and hawed about what crepe to order. She provided good advice and since the wife and I wanted to the same crepes, she did a nice job of offering to serve them one at a time and then splitting them at the table.
For appetizers, the wife had the French Onion soup which I typically don't like due to the huge salt content but this one was great as was the lovely melted cheese on top. The size of the bowl of soup was huge and it was FILLING to say the least. I had the escargot with tons of garlic butter. Six in the shell. From afar, our server noticed me using up all the bread, and quickly brought out a huge basket to continue my dipping. I still don't know if I like escargot but I know I love the garlic butter! Other choices which sounded very good where home made country pate made from chicken and pork and the viichyssoise with leeks.
There are non crepe offering for dinner such as duck, frog legs, quiche, but we didn't go there for that stuff. It was crepes or nothing!
We started with a crepe of Merguez sausage, Blue Cheese, and Ratatouille. Very big and very filling. Bold flavors. Certainly not for the faint of heart. We very much liked it. The dinner up to this point was so filling, the wife could barely try the next crepe and we took 1/2 of it home to one of the little ones to snack on. Our second crepe was the Seafood crepe featuring shrimp, scallop, perch, and perhaps tilapia? It was in a light white sauce which I had them add cheese to, in an attempt to raise the decadence quotient. It worked. Love it. Once again, so filling. Not as bold in flavor as the Merguez but it packed a punch none the less. There many others to choose from but we were so happy with our two choices. Many, many vegeterian choices.
Unfortunately, we were so full that we couldn't do a dessert crepe which I was dying to try. Fruit, chocolate, ice cream and flaky goodness will have to wait.
Counting a nice bottle of red for $28, the bill with a nice tip was a bit over $100 which I thought was decent for the food volume. I want to come back on a thursday when they run a special of about $78 for a 5 course AND a bottle of wine. We will definitely come back for dinner perhaps even with the kids as I think my kids are well behaved and will easily find crepes they will enjoy but most of all, to get the deserts. The place works best for a date night or a group of friends looking for a quiet night out. Gave it 4 stars. Dinged it for not being a financial bargain and the dated decor. Strengths are the food and service which is what makes it a great restaurant.
4589 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, 954-741-9035