WHERE: 211 W. Front St., Wheaton
HOURS: Restaurant – 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday; 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Breakfast – 7-11 a.m. Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Boulangerie & Patisserie – 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday; 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
DRESS CODE: Casual
INFO: www.suzettescreperie.com, 630-462-0898
There's a little bit of France on Front Street in Wheaton.
More than a little, actually. When you stop by Suzette's Creperie, you don't just get a menu chock full of Gallic recipes. You're immersed in a French dining experience.
French cuisine, of course, is famed for dishes that feature such subtle flavors that it takes a refined palate to truly appreciate all the various shadings. I don't know if I detected every last hint of seasoning in my meal at Suzette's, but I came away more than pleased, nonetheless.
At the attached patisserie – French for "pastry shop" – you can get just about every croissant, quiche and mousse your heart could desire. Need a quick breakfast? Order "le petit dejeuner" in one of four varieties: Française, Americano, Italiano or Español.
The dining room at Suzette's is warm and inviting, with standard, attractive seating interspersed with giant upholstered chairs at intimate, two-person tables. Two ladies who sat at such a table near us had apparently ordered the English or French tea service, as servers stopped by periodically with little delights for them to peruse and choose from.
My dining companion and I opted to order from the "bistro-style entree menu," when we dropped by on a recent Saturday. My dining companion, who seldom misses an opportunity to pass up crepes or seafood, went straight for the salmon crepe, which features fresh salmon sautéed in butter, placed in a crepe and "laced with Tarragon Cream Sauce," according to the menu.
I was in the mood for something spicy, and the crab cakes with habanero lime sauce suited my mood perfectly. The crab cakes themselves are mild and lightly seasoned to enhance the flavor of the crab meat. A few bites without the sauce were perfectly enjoyable. But the sauce added a whole ’nother layer – somehow fiery and soothing at the same time; it enhanced the flavor of the crab cakes without drowning it out. It was fantastic, and I will definitely get it again. It was served with some mixed greens and whipped potatoes that complemented the main dish very nicely.
Suzette's has a lot of different menus for different situations. They've got a breakfast menu, a crepes menu, a brunch menu, the bistro menu, a tea menu, a catering menu … you get the idea. This is a restaurant where a lot of thought has clearly gone into every aspect, and it adds up to a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at Suburban Life Media. The diner's identity is not revealed to the restaurant staff before or during the meal. Only positive dining experiences will result in published reviews.