It's beautiful in the morning this time of year; clear blue skies and 75 degrees; so I just felt like taking a morning walk down for some breakfast. I've been to La Bonne Crepe many times; I used to go twice a month when I first moved here; but this was the first time that there were no seats outside. I usually go earlier, but I'd never been inside the restaurant before, so it was an opportunity.
It's nice than I thought; the outside isn't very elegant. They have nice wood tones and some nice leather-like booths. I got some bench seating in the dining room.
La Bonne Crepe Interior
They give you a full pot of coffee here, it was on the table in a couple of minutes. $5 for 2 eggs with toast and home fries; $4 extra for sausage. I like the sausage here, I order ordered 2 over easy, home fries, rye toast and sausage links, just like old times.
La Bonne Crepe Coffee
I had a bird's eye view of the kitchen, and it gave me some insight on how they make things. The cook was a real "artiest", given what he had to work with. Open kitchen's are all the rage, but some things perhaps should be kept in hiding. Watching him take crepes from a package and spray them with a black aerosol can; pouring stuff from cartons on the grill and spooning out egg-colored liquid from a stainless steel steam table pot didn't make me want to come here for dinner. It reminded me of the omelet station on a cruise ship; one of the reasons I rarely order an omelet is that I'm not sure whether they're using real eggs or what other ingredients the cartons might have.
La Bonne Crepe Kitchen
Music here is jazzy and lyric-less; not bad at all. The eggs came out in about 10 minutes.
La Bonne Crepe Eggs, Sausage, Home Fries and Rye Bread
Not much has changed over the years. The toast was light on the butter, the sausage was luke warm and the potatoes required a lot of seasoning. The used to use red potatoes but no more. The eggs were don't nicely. A good amount of food for $12 and no-hassle refills for my coffee results in an overall good breakfast experience.
Something interesting was that a couple at a nearby table had glasses of red wine, which is something I haven't seen at breakfast at 10am. Ok, I thought, maybe they were up very early and were already doing lunch. But then there eggs were delivered; red wine and eggs. Very, very strange.
I've thought about coming here for lunch, but paying $15 for packaged crepes or $13 for a turkey sandwich isn't something that interests me. The food has never impressed me as being particularly well prepared. It's a nice cafe for breakfast; more of a diner to me than a restaurant.
When I first moved to Fort Lauderdale, I was a morning regular at Le Bonne Crepe, mostly because at the time, eating breakfast outside in my neighborhood was one of the things I looked forward to when I planned the move. It used to be very good; they had really good sausages and anyone who follows my adventures knows that I like good breakfast sausage. Over time, the quality waned; for years they had the same servers but changes in the kitchen were apparent from the food.
With my cable out this morning, the only solution seemed to be to go out to breakfast. This time of year, you have to go early, as by 10:30 it's up to 90 degrees. At 9am there were a couple of tables outside; I've yet to even be inside the place. They've replaced their black granite tables with gray/white granite tables and have an extra big table table. The chairs are made for 12 year olds, unfortunately, so adult butts will find them uncomfortable.
None of the 3 servers from 5 years ago were working today; maybe they've turned over.
La Bonne Crepe Patio
Prices are the same as they were 2 years ago; $9 for 2 "extra large" eggs with sausage. You still get a pot of coffee for $2.50; no syrup on the table but that just took up space if you were eating eggs.
La Bonne Crepe Coffee
They have very soft "French" music playing; barely noticable. Also, I think that this was the first time I was here with a full patio where nobody was smoking. It's the only negative of the patio before it gets too hot. >The eggs came out shortly.
La Bonne Crepe Eggs with Sausage
Sadly, they've continued to get worse and worse as they years go buy. The eggs, cooked on a too-hot grill and hardly looking like extra large; and do these sausages look worth $4? Smaller than before, luke warm and not just well-done but burned. Good potatoes but less of them. The price would be fine for these portions if the sausages were freshly made and the eggs were cooked with a bit more care.
Disappointing. They fit right in with most other Las Olas restaurants now.
Over the years, I've been to Le Bonne Crepe many, many times. But I've yet to step inside the place. Even when its 89 degrees at 10am like it was this morning, eating outside is part of the point. Las Olas before 11am is a very nice, quaint place to dine.
Le Bonne Crepe View
They give you nice portions here, and you get a full pot of coffee for $2.50. So a breakfast of 2 eggs, sausage, toast, potatoes and coffee was only $12.19.
La Bonne Crepe eggs with sausage (2011)
The sausages aren't as good as they used to be; they seem pre-heated and microwaved now.
After the disappointingly small omelet I got at O-B House last week, I wanted to see what they were serving here. I ordered my usual alternative, the Las Olas omelet, which is spinach, tomatoes, onions and cheese. I used to have to ask them to cook the onions; sometimes they'd just seem to toss them in raw, but this time I wanted to see what I'd get.
Service wonkiness continues; the big joke used to be that they only had 2 spoons in the place, since there weren't on the tables and you always had to ask. Today I had a spoon, but coffee was delivered without any milk. You'd think that the server would notice that there was no milk or creamers on the table; but he didn't. Instead of bringing me the little containers of half and half, he brought me a little pitcher of low-fat milk. I had to ask someone at a nearby table for one of the many they had on their table. They have new chairs here; if your butt is wider than a vollyball you may be a bit uncomfortable outside; obviously they were purchased without anyone actually trying them out.
The omelet came out in less than 5 minutes; they aren't exactly making these babies from scratch to order.
La Bonne Crepe
The paprika is back on the potatoes; they were cheap with the butter as one of the toast halves was pretty dry. But this was the best Las Olas Omelet I've ever had here. This used to look like a big mess; this omelet not only looked competently made, but it was delicious. The spinach was sauteed in garlic and it was loaded with ingredients; and yes, the onions were properly sauteed.
Other than the coffee, which is up from $2 a pot, the prices here are the same as they were years ago. This setup was $14 total with tip. And there's no extra charge for the view.