Last weekend we were visiting our friends, Janet and Bruce, in SE Wisconsin/NE Illinois. On Saturday they took us to a restaurant they had just discovered – La Petite Creperie in Woodstock, IL.
I must admit I was dubious as Woodstock is a rather small town in (mostly) rural NE Illinois. I was pleasantly surprised! The restaurant is located on the historic square in the center of Woodstock, in a beautiful building with a large patio for outdoor summer dining. The inside was cozy and beautifully furnished with a very French ambiance.
Bruce, who is French, had called for reservations and our table was ready immediately. We were lucky that the Beaujolais Nouveau 2006 was still available so we started with a bottle of that great wine.
For the main meal I ordered the braised lamb shank which was huge and perfectly prepared. Jan chose (I can’t remember the French name) a young turkey breast with an assortment of vegetables. Bruce had a dish that was a selection of three different sausages, venison, alligator and (another forgotten French name). Janet went with the fish of the day.
When the meal arrived there were many expressions of delight and everyone dove in. A little later there was much passing of plates amid comments like “You have to try this!”. No one had the slightest complaint about the food, the service or the atmosphere. Unfortunately, no one brought a camera to capture an image of this well-fed quartet.
We finished up (after a second bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau) with dessert crepes and coffee. Everyone was smiling and happy. We all vowed to return sometime in warmer weather so we could dine on the patio.
If you are in that area or just want to see a little more about the restaurant, here is their website. The have a partial menu listed on the website but they have many specials and frequent changes.
That is definitely a dining experience that Brenda and I would greatly enjoy!
We definitely need to plan on going there the next time we are in Illinois during warm weather. And we need to take enough time to be able to go into all those delightful shops which border the square. The best of life—eating and shopping—life will be GOOD!
You shouldn’t be dubious of small midwestern towns with great restaurants. I can think of at least one more… Maybe you have heard of it, in Waverly… 😉
Sounds like a lot of fun. Reminds me of the meals I had recently in Singapore and the Philippines with lots of oohs and aahs over exotic food.
Makes me hungry, too!
Allan, I had expert advice that I trusted regarding the restaurant in Waverly!
Glad you ate well on your trip.
Ate too well. Which translates several extra pounds. The plane could barely take off….