A really good Crepe Place in the Farmer’s Market.
Yeah, I know. I go to Mixology, that’s in the Farmer’s Market. And I love me some Monsieur Marcel. But Mixology is for my drinks, and Monsieur Marcel is for a good, good dinner (or maybe some errand afterwards). I need another place like the Gumbo Pot. I need another go-to place where I can sit down for a good meal without a lot of muss or fuss.
So, I took a chance as I walked past the French Crepe Company.
Now, you may not think much of it as you walk up to it. After all, it’s a stand in the middle of the Farmer’s Market. There’s nothing obviously French about it. It almost looks like a 50s Diner, looking at the stools you’ll be sitting on.
But then you sit down, and if you sit down in the right spot, you’ll be in for a treat, both on the plate and before your eyes. Because the crew at the French Crepe Company are preparing your meal right before your eyes. They’re not making a Benihana style show of it, but if you’re into cooking, it’s a good watch. You’ll be able to see them spread that Crepe batter paper thin, slice out huge chunks of real butter and all those good ingredients for your pleasure.
They also serve Salads, Soups and Sandwiches, like French Onion Soup. Their menu is not pure French, but that’s not the point. You want Classic French, you’ve got Monsieur Marcel. You can get the full on French experience, with the French expense as well. If you want something pretty damn good, but don’t want to break the bank for it, you come here…and you’ll be happy.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, you should be getting yourself some Crepes, but you can be excused for going after some of their other Breakfasty items, like Waffles. Just look up and down the menu, decide what kind of a mood you’re in: meal style or desert style, pick from their list and go for it. I was in a meal mood, and liked the idea of beef, tomato and cheese, so I went for the Normandie style. You can think of it as a Lasagna inside a Crepe, but it’s a little more delicate and tasty than that. Also, the Crepes come with a side salad, with a Mustard dressing that is just spectacular. Almost worth the price of admission by itself.
As I mentioned, they do some (not all) Classic Bistro items, like the French Onion Soup, which I had. It comes at you piping hot right out of the oven, and stays hot for a good long time. It’s also done right. You taste beef and onion in the stock, not…well, salt and salt. It’s the best I’ve had since Monsieur Marcel. It’s at least comparable.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: For the Farmer’s Market edition of the French Crepe Company, just understand that as fun as the show is, seeing them make your Crepes, it can get awfully hot back there. (Remember, ovens).
PARKING: Since the Farmer’s Market location is in the…yes…Farmer’s Market, you can park there. But odds of finding a space in the Farmer’s Market are usually…well…bleak. So as a backup, prepare to go to the Grove’s Parking Structure. The only problem there is you’re going to need to address the validation issue. Stop by Barnes and Noble, buy a book or a magazine, and you’ll be covered.
The French Crepe Company (Farmer’s Market)
6333 W 3rd St #318
Los Angeles, CA 90036