And for those who think spaetzle got its start in Germany, Michel will tell you it actually is a French creation. No matter what your stance, this pasta with a twist makes its way onto a plate as a delicious enhancement to a luscious braised chicken thigh with mushrooms and shallots in red wine. Other entrees, like a satisfyingly tender duck confit topped with slices of candied orange and an even better boeuf bourguignon, with mushrooms, bacon, and onions in a rich and wonderfully wine-y sauce, may go the way of seen-it-before French fare, but they are delicious nonetheless.

After dinner, there are 10 sweet crepe selections with fillings such as exotic fruits, strawberry marmalade, and Nutella, but I preferred other desserts, like La Petite's dainty yet decadent crème brûlée, to the plate-size, pancake-like creations. They are good in and of themselves, but they get tripped up by substandard accompaniments including store-bought ice cream and clouds of underflavored whipped cream.

With its stenciled walls, bright color palette, and tables topped with woven placemats, La Petite France is welcoming and pleasant, where a relaxing French dining experience can be had either inside or on the patio — that is, unless its new simian neighbor is acting up.

La Petite France's menu includes regional specialties, as well as crepes — lots of crepes.
Jackie Mercandetti
La Petite France's menu includes regional specialties, as well as crepes — lots of crepes.

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La Petite France

7001 N. Scottsdale Rd, 127
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: Paradise Valley

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La Petite France
7001 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
480-922-3727
www.lapetitefranceaz.com
Hours: Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Sunday brunch: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; dinner: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday

Classical gratinée flammekueche: $12.95
Provençale crepe: $12.95
French pâté assortment: $10.95
Choucroute royale: $23.95

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Nimbus American Bistro & Brewery, the Tucson-based craft beer brewery with a chimp logo, moved into Seville in March, and its numerous TVs tuned to sports and pulsating beats from the patio can, at times, feel like the monkey is harshing your French buzz.

Just pretend the Prince track you hear from across the patio is being sung in French, and take another bite of flammekueche.

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