A pretty good Crepe Place in Burbank.
Well, the French Crepe Company location over at the Farmer’s Market is pretty close to terrific. I loved my time there. How good is the French Crepe Company in Burbank, near where I work and live.
It’s not that it’s bad. Place was a little empty when I went. And the…well…atmosphere wasn’t as grand as what you’d get at the Farmer’s Market. Hell, you’re sitting outdoors, in the middle of all that hustle and bustle, close enough to feel the heat of the ovens as they cook up your Crepes.
But did I regret this decision? Hell and no. It still served up a pretty nice Crepe, though probably lacking by a Frenchman’s standards. But to us Yanks or Americain, who are wandering into this ground maybe for the first time, it’s not a bad way to get in the basics.
Now as to the restaurant. What did I say before?
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.
That’s still pretty much the deal. I don’t like this location as much as I do the Farmer’s Market on (which I loved), but it’ll do in a pinch.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Same as always, 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: Nothing too terrible to report or warn you about. It got a mite bit lonely the day I visited. So, maybe hurry up and visit just in case.
PARKING: Same as the late great Pho Citi. This particular branch of the French Crepe Company is located in a new massive Theater/Apartment/Shopping Complex on the corner of Magnolia and First in beautiful Downtown Burbank, so there is lots of free structures to park in. Right behind the Flapper’s Comedy Club, is an entrance for an underground structure that services the AMC Theaters and all the shops in there. I guarantee if you hit that place before 12:15pm on any weekday, you will get a space. You may have to travel down into the guts a bit, but you will get a space. Short of that consult the Burbank Map for an alternative location, say the one on First and Orange Grove. It’s a walk, but not that big of a walk.
The French Crepe Company (Burbank)
108 E. Palm Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502
Tel: (818) 846-0566
Sunday-Thursday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00am