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Chez Odette & Crepes de Paris - long

Dumpling | Jan 13, 200304:10 PM

These are 2 places with inconvenient hours that I finally got around to trying!

Chez Odette is run by a Belgian couple. I went for lunch, and they had a really nice spread of food. They have a menu of salads and sandwiches, but the proprietor talked me through all of the prepared foods they had laid out on the counter. There were about 10 different dishes, all under $10, including chicken, fish, and pork dishes. While we were talking the other owner came out with a plate of red cabbage she had just made. You could just tell they cooked because they like to. I'm assuming they microwave the entrees when you order them, so it's not haute cuisine, but really nice homestyle european food. Mr. Dumpling got Lemon chicken, a breaded chicken breast with a creamy lemon sauce, with rice and mixed vegetables. I got a nicoise salad, which was very generous, with plenty of anchovies and potatoes. While we were eating, the proprietor brought over some cookies for us to try. We were enticed to buy more cookies to go, including a delicate currant sugar cookie, and a crunchy chewy almond macaroon.
They're open for breakfast and lunch during the week, but closed on weekends. If I worked in the area I would eat there a lot! They seemed to have a lot of regulars. Small, cramped seating.
Chez Odette is on Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest (right next to The Loft bar). I think they do a lot of catering, as well.

Crepes de Paris is much more stylish, with loud tile floors and french carnival music playing in the background. It is run by a french couple, who will coach you on the finer points of the French language (nicely) in between berating the scattered waitress.
I had a chicken bourgignone (sp?) crepe, delicious chicken with red wine and mushrooms. My companion had a croque monsieur crepe, with ham and really flavorful cheese. Each was $7-8. We split a "sidewalk crepe" for dessert, just filled with raspberry jam. I think that simple one was almost best, showed off the delicate, crispy-around-the-edges crepe. I have never been to Paris, and don't claim to be a crepe expert, but it was a fun place to hang out, and I look forward to trying more crepes (banana & nutella, yum). They also had "brunch crepes", served with poached eggs on top. I think they had sandwiches and pastas, too, but I wasn't interested in those!
They are open 10-3 Wednesday through Sunday. 1731 University Ave (near Park).

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