La Petite Creperie Brings French Cuisine to Woodstock
You don’t see a French Kiss on a restaurant menu every day, but you will if you dine at La Petite Creperie & Bistrot in Woodstock. One of the bistro’s most popular sweet crepes, the French Kiss combines caramelized apples, homemade caramel and cinnamon, wraps them in a warm crepe and tops them off with vanilla ice cream.
The menu also lists many savory crepes, filled with everything from shrimp and scallops to chicken and spinach – each served with a mixed green salad.
“La Pagnol is a favorite. It has sautéed chicken, ratatouille and fresh goat cheese wrapped in a crepe,” says Kathy Cappa, co-owner of La Petite Creperie & Bistrot. “Ratatouille is stewed vegetables. L’Oceane is also popular. It has shrimp, bay scallops and salmon in a pesto cream sauce.”
Cappa opened the creperie and bistro in 2005 with her sister Kristine Ferru and their business partner, Frank Ferru. The sisters had grown up eating crepes and realized there weren’t any creperies in the suburbs of Chicago.
“Woodstock was the perfect location because it’s already a destination for its historic square,” Cappa says. “There’s a really charming brick road, lots of artisans and independent shops. The farmers’ market also brings lots of people to the square.”
The trio renovated Woodstock’s old sheriff’s house (built in 1887), added a large kitchen and decorated it like a French bistro. The upper level overlooks the square, with windows on three sides. An inviting patio with an outdoor fire pit keeps things toasty on cool evenings.
“We’re way more than a creperie,” Cappa says. “We also serve French burgers, chicken sandwiches, duck, lamb, pasta, steak and several great appetizers.”
La Petite Creperie occasionally hosts live entertainment and special events, including wine dinners, blues and jazz festivals and a Bastille Day celebration in July.
Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the creperie offers a full breakfast, with crepes, omelets, brioche French toast, eggs Benedict and more.
“It’s a nice place to be – small, cozy and comfortable,” Cappa says.
[infobox alignment=”full” title=”If You Go…”]Location: 115 N. Johnson St. in Woodstock (on the historic square)
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner (Friday and Saturday until 9:30 p.m.); Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Phone: (815) 337-0765