Hubby and I were in the mood for some pastries this morning and hubby remembered a co-worker mentioning Le Parisien Cafe located at Cedar and Herndon next to TGI Fridays. We popped in looking for a pastry and were surprised to see crepes, espresso, and much more!
Happily perusing the menu written on a chalkboard, I chose a sweet crepe filled with pears and dark chocolate sauce. Hubby selected the special crepe of the day which was strawberries and custard. We also ordered iced lattes (even in the a.m. it was too hot today for regular hot coffee).
As we waited for our crepes, we looked over the pastry case filled with many delights. There were pain au chocolats of course, croissants, fruit tarts, chou a la creme, beignets, beignets with custard...etc. We also looked over the full menu which lists savory crepes filled with eggs, onions, tomatos, and swiss cheese with various meats such as steak, chicken, ham, bacon, etc. They also have a croque, croissant sandwich, sandwiches on French bread, and salads.
As we waited we noticed that both the lady who waited on us and the gentleman who she was talking to in the back kitchen were speaking French. She had a strong French accent as well when speaking English. A sign on the entrance to the cafe says they have French discussion groups for free where you can learn to speak French.
Once our crepes arrived, we were in heaven. My pears were refreshing and the chocolate sauce was deep and dark. The crepes themselves were light and airy and very, very thin. Each crepe came with a generous dollop of whipped cream and pretty garnish. I loved mine and ate every bite. Hubby enjoyed his strawberry crepe, the tartness of the berry was perfect with the sweet creamy custard. Yum yum! We finished off the crepes in no time, but enjoyed sitting in the cafe listening to French pop music and the coolness of air conditioning.
Of course we couldn't leave without taking some pastries home, the reason why we went there in the first place. I got the pain au chocolat and hubby got something like an apple turnover. Will post on how these taste later. We also picked up a fresh French loaf.
A quick note, this cafe is not fast food. We waited a while for our crepes (maybe 15 minutes), but we didn't really mind since we were enjoying the experience. Nothing is very rushed here, so don't expect it. However, we had a great experience.
Prices here are pretty reasonable. Our sweet crepes were big and stuffed with a generous amount of fruit and ran about $3 each. The savory crepes are more expensive, about $7 to $6.25. The pastries ran about $1.50 to $1.89. I think these prices are pretty reasonable given the quality of ingredients.
Hubby and I can't wait to go back and try some savory crepes!
Le Parisien Cafe
1085 E Herndon
Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 am-6:00pm