La Petite Creperie opened up about a month ago at 3809 Grand View Blvd in Mar Vista (The street where the farmers market is across from Mitsuwa).
It's a small place, co-run by a French guy and an American Woman. They serve savory and sweet crepes and also omelets and french toast.
I've been to most of the Crepe places in LA and Santa MOnica, and found them all to be pretty mediocre. This is the first place I will definitely go back to.
Today was my first visit and I had a potato bacon crepe which was very tasty and perfect. The potatoes are cubed and a wee bit crunchy and the crepe itself is brown and also kind of crunchy as opposed to the soggy mess you get at a place like the Fairfax Farmer's market creperie.
Apparently the savory crepes are made with buckwheat, and the sweet crepes use a separate batter. I asked the chef about this, and he said most places here just use the sweet crepe batter for their savory crepes...but in France you would be stoned to death for doing that.
I was too full to try a sweet crepe, so I can only give my review based on this one crepe. However, the flavor and quality of this crepe was so far superior to anything else that I've had in LA, that I am very confident that it is safe to judge this place based off this one experience.
My only qualm is that the cheapest coffee drink on the menu is $3.50. They don't have brewed coffee, just French Press...which is very yummy, but it costs $4.00. It would be nice to have a cheapo option for the miserly breakfaster.
They get their beans from the Conservatory roastery in Culver City, which is another plus.......I suppose it is better to pay $4 for good coffee than $2 for bad....but still...
The place is new enough that you can go in on a Weekend morning for breakfast and not have to wait around for a table. I'd say it's a better breakfast choice than the Curious Palate which is probably the closest competitor in its class.
If you are there on a Sunday, you should go to Larry's Tacos in the farmers market too and get a Beef or chicken quesadilla. They make the tortillas right there. I had a friend visit from Japan and took him to tons of restaurants around the west side, Father's Office, Gjelina, Giraffe, and he wouldn't shut up about this quesadilla. He would not shut up.
The Curious Palate
12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA
Father's Office Bar
1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA
La Petite Cafe
660 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660