Diners throughout Fairfield County will be thrilled to learn that popular Wilton bistro, Bon Appétit, has opened a sister restaurant in Fairfield, this one a crêperie . Along with favorites from the Wilton menu, the new location offers no fewer than 33 difference crêpes, some savory some sweet.
Tucked under a blue awning behind Billy's Bakery on Black Rock Turnpike, Bon Appétit offers the type of crepes you may have sampled on a trip to Normandy. Most are unique creations of Chef Lionel Arnal, ranging from a duck confit/goat cheese/fig combination wrapped in a tender buckwheat crêpe, to a Savoyarde blending of onions, bacon lardons, potatoes and raclette cheese. Fish lovers can tuck into a St. Jacques crêpe filled with sea scallops, leek fondue and crème fraiche, while vegetarians may opt for the ratatouille crêpe (with or without a fried egg on top). For the more traditional at heart, ham and cheese or spinach Florentine fillings are available.
If your sweet tooth is aching, try the tiramisu or key lime dessert crêpe. Flambéed varieties include crêpes Suzette or "The Hangover," with honey, lemon and whiskey.
Not in the mood for crêpes? The talented chefs will also whip you up one of their four fondues or a soufflé, if that's your preference. Specialty soups, sandwiches, panini and salads round out the menu. And don't forget the blackboard specials. This week the crepe was a wild mushroom with raclette cheese - pure culinary heaven.
This is a wonderful place to take the whole family. The kids can even watch their crepes being made through a glass panel, and Bon Appétit offers a diversity of freshly squeezed fruit juices.
Crêpe prices range from $8 to $16 for the savory fare; from $4 to $14 for desserts. Bon Appétit is located at 1879 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. (203-908-3455 ), and at 5 River Road in Wilton (203) 563-9002 .
Tiger Wiseman is a long-time Wilton resident, part-time aspiring mystery writer and full-time foodie. She is always on the lookout for new ingredients, recipes and places to eat.
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