Down in Corktown, there’s a little corner of France called Le Petit Zinc. It’s surrounded by a pretty industrial area on Trumbull, so it’s surprising to wander in the gates and find this garden oasis.
They’re open for lunch and dinner, with a classically French menu of sandwiches, salads, and crêpes.
With the unseasonably warm weather and sunshine, there’s no better place to be than their garden. They’ve got indoor seating for gloomier days, but the outside is full of so many nooks and crannies that it would be a shame to not find one. Their wifi also reaches out to the furthers reaches, so if you need to get some work done this is a good place to tuck away.
What I like most about Petit Zinc is that it doesn’t try so hard to be French. Most people are intimidated by French food, fearing plates full of snails and frog legs. Petit Zinc’s menu, however, is based on the more casual, everyday French cuisine and won’t leave a burning hole in your wallet.
On my last visit I went for brunch and ordered the Salade Nicoise, faithfully recreated in all of its anchovy-topped glory, along with a generous latte served in a bowl the size of my head.
And for dessert, I couldn’t resist the Beurre Seucre crêpe, topped with a drizzle of chocolate for good luck.
All of the food here is simply and perfectly prepared, with a house full of prompt, friendly staff. In addition to that, they use local produce and organic flour for all of their dishes, and have gluten free crepe batter upon request for those of you that need it.
They’ve got a great Groupon deal going on now for half off your bill, so if you haven’t tried this place yet I’d snatch one up before they’re all gone!