First Look at Sweet Paris Creperie

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Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
Turkey, grape and Brie.
Although it's generally agreed upon that Melange Creperie serves the best crepes in Houston, there is one distinct disadvantage to the crepe cart: the weather. When it's raining or blazing hot (as it's about to get very shortly), head crepe-maker Buffalo Sean and his gang will often close up shop -- as well they should. After all, no one wants the Melange gang to die of heatstroke or suffer electrocution just for the sake of a crepe. (Please note: Melange only closes in the last two weeks of August, so don't let the heat keep you away; they're still at it every day.)

Enter the new Sweet Paris Creperie in Rice Village. It's air-conditioned, open for lunch and dinner (no breakfast crepes here as of yet) and offers an assortment of crepes that -- while not Melange-level excellent -- are extremely good. And although it doesn't offer the charm of a Left Bank street creperie, it has its own striking French allure.

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The restaurant is trimmed out in clean, crisp shades of white, robin's egg blue and pale Nordic wood. The ceilings are tall and the dining room airy and bright, while the small front patio is cozy and welcoming to dogs.

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In essence, it's an inviting place in which to relax between shopping trips along Rice Boulevard or to catch up over a light lunch. In fact, I can foresee the place becoming shortly inundated with ladies who lunch -- albeit a more low-key version of that crowd as the restaurant itself is decidedly low-key as well, fashioned in a sense after a La Madeleine -- but before that happens, you should head over to try its offerings.

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My favorites from a recent lunch included a turkey and Brie filled with fat green grapes and knotty walnuts and a dessert crepe filled with a simple duo of sweet cream cheese and Bonne Maman strawberry jam. But although I stuck with the lighter offerings on that initial visit, I'm intrigued now to go back and try heavier crepes like the chicken carbonara with bacon or the Italian sausage and peppers -- crepes you can make a serious meal out of.

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On second thought, maybe Sweet Paris Creperie -- for all its feminine wiles -- won't be a ladies who lunch-type place after all. I know more than a few men who'd make quick and happy work of those crepes, especially with a graham cracker-and-Nutella-laden s'mores crepe for dessert.



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Location Info

Sweet Paris Creperie and Cafe

2420 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Melange Creperie

403 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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18 comments
Not impressed
Not impressed

Coco's crepes are far better. The crepes at Sweet Paris were too dry (like eating paper) and the capuccino was terrible.

kirkc
kirkc

do they have buckwheat gallettes and norman cider?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Melange crepes are generally tasty, but between the messy delivery and very limited menu and opening times, Sweet Paris definitely gets points. Comparing taste, I actually preferred the batter and fillings (I had truffled caprese and dulce de leche with bananas) of the Sweet Paris crepes over Melange. Both delicious places for crepes, but Sweet Paris has some serious momentum going on in that pretty location!

Nynaeve75
Nynaeve75

yes and at melange sometime you need to wait for 40 minutes when it s busy.

Charity
Charity

I will never abandon Melange Creperie for A/C! I love you Melange Creperie!!!

SirRon
SirRon

Charity is a really good person. I would abandon my family for A/C. I love them, but there's a wall.

SirRon
SirRon

KS, I definitely understand the love for Melange, but how does it compare to a place like CoCo's on W Gray?

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I like CoCo's, but Sweet Paris ranks above them so far in my book.

SirRon
SirRon

Good to know. Thanks.

Bruce R
Bruce R

How much are they?  I maintain that prices in parentheses are quite helpful, or at least a blurb on the side that lists prices, like you sometimes see in the print version.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I dropped in a link to the menu with prices up above, but here it is again: http://www.sweetparis.com/swee... The savory crepes range in price from $6.25 to $8.75; the sweet from $5.50 to $8.25.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Thank you. I still think pricing information belongs in the main article, or near it. Anyway, I tried the link but was unable to gain access to the site due to restrictions on my end.

BILLY BOY
BILLY BOY

 I have to click something in PDF format? TOO MUCH WORK ALSO PUT THE CREPES DIRECTLY INTO MY MOUTH

Zippy
Zippy

My only complaint is that the beer selection is embarrassing. The only two choices are Heineken and Michelob Ultra. No joke.

Dave T
Dave T

Are they making everything from scratch once you order?  Or reheating already-prepared crepes?

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

They make all of the crepes from scratch. You can even watch them work.  :)

Dave T
Dave T

Thanks.  Just got back from a lunch visit there.  Recommend the prosciutto.  It is indeed a serious meal.

Melange Creperie
Melange Creperie

We close for the last two weeks of August, only. Please come by and say hi!

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