Last week was my daughter’s 13th birthday. Over the years we’ve had grand birthday parties, but now that she’s getting older, the parties are becoming less elaborate. Funny how that happened, as I thought it would go the other way. I feared I’d be spending more and more on parties the older she got. Thankfully, that’s not the case.
One thing I do religiously each year is take my daughter out for a special meal. This year she wanted crepes. Usually we go to IHOP for crepes, but since I’ve been eating healthier these days, IHOP’s menu is difficult for me to choose from. It just so happened that my aunt was visiting from out of town. Now, when you have family visiting, you really want to show the best of your city, right? So, I wracked my brain to find a nice place where I could show off something great about Fresno, get a good crepe, and eat healthy.
Then I remembered Le Parisien Café.
Let me first share a little history about the owners, Anthony and Gorretti Roche, of Le Parisien Café. In January 2007, husband and wife Anthony and Gorretti Roche came to Fresno. They had hopes of opening a French style bakery to give the people of Fresno a taste of France. They quickly accomplished this by opening Le Parisien Cafe. Due to the success of the bakery they shortly opened their second location, then a third, and a fourth.
I first went to Le Parisien Café a handful of years back when my friend took me there for lunch. They serve salads, soups, sandwiches, and crepes. However, it’s their bakery that I fell in love with. They have a wide variety of baked goods, but it’s their macarons that they specialize in. They have so many different types of macarons. For those of you who are gluten free, macarons are naturally gluten free, as they are made with almond flour. This means many can indulge in this treat! Aside from the macarons, Anthony makes pastries, cakes, pies, beignets, and various other goodies-daily. He also makes the croissants, just like the kind you would find in France. When I was there with my friend, I had a sandwich on a croissant. It was THE BEST croissant I had ever had in my life. It was so flaky and buttery. It was absolutely delicious. With that memory in mind, I knew Le Parisien Café was the place to take my daughter for her birthday treat, and the place to show off to my aunt.
We got to Le Parisien Café a little after 12:30, and I thought it was going to be super busy, but it wasn’t too bad. There was plenty of space to sit and enjoy the company of my daughter, aunt, and grandma. We all ordered something different. My daughter ordered her sweet crepes (they also have savory crepes), my grandma the sandwich with fries, my aunt a sandwich with the soup of the day (veggie cream), and I had the Lorraine salad. For her special birthday treat, my daughter also had a chocolate croissant. She loved it.
I think aside from the yummy food, it’s the kindness from the staff and inviting ambiance that keeps people going back. I liked that we were able to sit and have a nice lunch, as well as enjoy the company of some of my favorite people. That is part of the mission of Anthony and Gorretti-to help develop relationships, which is something they take pride in doing themselves.
If you’d like to try a new place to eat, I’d suggest going to Le Parisien Café sometime. You can support a local family, and try a new tasty treat. I can’t wait to go back. I think this might be the next lunch place when my friends and I get together.
There are 4 locations for your convenience.
1) 1085 E Herndon (Next to TGIFriday’s)
2) 7775 N Palm #101 (In the GB3 shopping center)
3) 1122 E Champlain (Next to Five)
4) 401 Clovis Ave (Old Town)