Ever since my amazing lunch last year at the authentic French eatery Paris 66, I’ve wanted to go back and try out their brunch offerings (you remember, my favorite meal and all?). Working Sundays means that the stars rarely align for me to take advantage of Sunday brunch, but thankfully the Sunday after Thanksgiving (thanks indeed), meant I was finally able to go.
For anyone not too savvy on the ways of the French, breakfast/brunch isn’t really their “thing.” They don’t ever serve meals in the morning in which a plate would be completely covered with food, jamais! You know, one in which eggs, bacon, toast, and potatoes all make an appearance. This should come as no surprise since the French word for breakfast after all has the word “little” in it- petit déjeûner (little lunch). What the French do enjoy eating with their cup (or two) of morning cafe are the things that all carb watchers would shudder at-breads, rolls, pastries-mon dieu.
The brunch offerings at Paris 66 consist of a variety of a la carte items (breakfast crêpe, breakfast croissant, French toast, two quiche selections, and a vast array of croissants-and here you thought a croissant was just a fancy piece of bread). And then there are the Crêpe selections-both sweet and savory ones.
To start (with the boissons-drinks), I went with a perennial favorite of mine-Chocolat Chaud ($4). While I had read that their Chai Latte was highly recommended, it’s not too often one get a hot chocolate that tastes straight out of a Parisian cafe. And seriously, French hot chocolate is so superior to the Spanish version which is as thick as mud.
For my entree, I had a hard time deciding but ultimately opted for the Paris 66 Brunch ($18) which featured a creme filed sweet crêpe with berry puree, a side of eggs Provençale (tomatoes and herbs distinguish it from your standard eggs dish), and a choice of a croissant, pain au chocolat, or a palmier, which is a pastry in the shape of a palm. It also comes with your choice of orange juice, tea or coffee. While the crêpe was good and frankly you can never go wrong with a croissant, the eggs didn’t wow me. They weren’t piping hot and just were a bit lackluster.
D ordered the La Vincenns sweet crêpe ($9.50) for his entree, which basically was apples “en compote” with cinnamon and whipped cream. An apple crêpe is exactly the reason why I want to visit the French region of Normandy where they are obsessed with all things apple.
Although the dessert selections sounded divine, I was much too full to consume anything more but thankfully they had macarons to go. While a bit pricey (around $14 for half a dozen), macarons are just so worth it in my opinion. Flavor selections vary but we took home a peppermint, green apple, vanilla, raspberry, coconut, and pumpkin-all flavors we love.
While I didn’t remotely love brunch at Paris 66 as much as I did lunch, I think next time I would just order something else. But the ambiance can’t be beat, a Paris vibe that even a Rick Blaine would be proud of.
6018 Penn Circle South | Pittsburgh, PA | 15206