In Les Misérables II: Final Justice, Jean Valjean is arrested for committing an even greater crime against French law: applying margarine to another man’s moustache during dinner without asking first. Feast around the proper tableside etiquette of France with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of food and drink at Suzette's Creperie, located in Wheaton. This Groupon is valid for dine-in lunch and dinner only, and is not redeemable toward bakery items, tea times, or the restaurant's prix fixe menus on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Born as a humble street cart in Chicago, Suzette's Creperie has moved to the cozy comforts of downtown Wheaton. Whether diners nibble within the bistro walls or out upon the open-air patio, they'll be free to indulge in a variety of French-inspired fare, including crepes, quiches, and dinnertime entrees. Crepes include savory selections such as spinach soufflé topped in swiss cheese ($12.50 at lunch), or beef bourguignon, braised in red wine for six hours and then rolled into fluffy tubes of satisfaction ($15.50 at lunch). Quiches, served with a side salad of baby field greens and balsamic vinaigrette, include fillings such as lorraine, broccoli and cheddar, or spinach ($10.50 each), while large-scale entrees (available during dinner) include crab cakes with habanero lime sauce ($20) and duck confit with wild mushroom risotto ($21.50), which singlehandedly sends a warning to humankind's two biggest threats—ducks and mushrooms.
Located pedals from the bike-friendly Prairie Path and steps from the stomach-friendly Saturday French market, Suzette's Creperie is a welcoming destination for food enthusiasts and soiree socialites alike. As autumn tips its leafy cap, al fresco feasters and indoor diners can pair any delectable edibles with a fine selection of liquids, including Intelligentsia coffee ($3), Lorina French lemonade ($3.75), a lengthy wine list, and a full bar of adult beverages served with tiny umbrellas in the shape of berets. Avoid the hassle of hitchhiking to France and instead settle for the closer-to-home cuisine of Suzette's Creperie.
OpenTable reviewers named Suzette's Creperie the diners' choice for Best Ambiance, Great for Lunch, and Neighborhood Gem. Naperville magazine featured the restaurant. OpenTable reviewers give it an average of 4.3 stars, and Yelpers give it 3.5 stars:
- True, downtown Wheaton is a long way from Paris, but Suzette's proudly celebrates l'esprit francais with its cozy bistro atmosphere and tasty offerings. – Jen and Jeff Banowetz, naperville
- Service and ambiance were wonderful. About the food, ingredients were fresh, crepes were prepared perfectly, presentation was lovely, flavor was really good. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 06/20/2010
On a summer trip to Paris, Suzette's Creperie's owner, Suzette, fell in love with the local street vendors' delicate, ultra-thin crepes. When she got back to the States, she decided to give Chicagoans a taste of the fancy fast-food eats she adored and started selling them herself out of a crepe cart.
Since those authentically French beginnings, Suzette's cart has blossomed into a full-fledged French bistro in Downtown Wheaton, though sweet and savory crepes remain the focus of the menu. One arrives stuffed with sautéed salmon; another ensconces hot fudge and banana slices. Duck confit, wine, and other French staples complement the crepes.
The service at Suzette's is European-style, which means that the staff allows meals to unfold at a leisurely pace, rather than leaving a running stopwatch on each table. Live jazz often enhances the European atmosphere.